Angela Lark Landy didn’t learn about sugar compounds in a baking class; rather, she was introduced to them at a skincare convention after years of frustration with shaving and waxing. When a specialist from Alexandria Professional offered Angela a hair removal alternative that would suit her sensitive skin, she jumped at the opportunity, not knowing that it would soon change her life. After gaining her aesthetician’s license and certification as a sugaring practitioner, she opened The Sweetest Skin Co. in Stevenson Ranch to treat clients with sugaring hair removal and other skincare services. When opening a second location, Angela asked another Alexandria Professional-certified aesthetician Andrea Apisa to run the newest The Sweetest Skin Co. in Thousand Oaks.
Using an all-natural Alexandria Professional compound of water, lemon juice, and sugar, Angela and Andrea remove hair from the root while simultaneously nourishing the skin and keeping tattoos from getting dehydrated. In addition to smoothing down bodies with hair removal, they also treat clients with various skincare services such as facials, back exfoliations, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. All of their treatments are powered by professional-grade products from brands such as glo-therapeutics, Alexandria Professional, Bionet, Enspri, and Spa Girl.
Kalologie 360 Spa's expert beauty gurus offer a first-class selection of pampering services, earning the franchise a spot on Elle magazine's 2008 list of Top 10 Beauty Boutiques. The staff exfoliates faces with more than 10 varieties of facials and peels, using the boutique's own line of products custom formulated from medical-grade ingredients free of parabens and sulfates. Therapists also treat clients with massage modalities such as Swedish, shiatsu, and deep-tissue, as well as waxing treatments that use specially formulated hard and soft wax for all areas of the body.
At Tutiya Threading, Mojgan—the sole practitioner and owner—draws on 13 years of experience to beautify bodies with ancient threading practices. Mojgan uses 100% cotton thread that is organic, sanitary, and chemical-free to precisely remove hair from a range of areas, including the eyebrows, upper lip, and chin. Unlike tweezing or plucking, threading removes a clean line of hair all at once, which makes it a precise and fast process. Mojgan also offers additional services such as eyebrow tinting, which can add a luscious look to the brows by making them look darker and fuller.
The technicians at Sugaring Westlake love to talk about the benefits of removing hair with sugar paste instead of wax. For one thing, sugar paste won't stick to skin--that is, it won't stick to any living skin cells. It does, however, exfoliate the dead ones, leaving skin soft and smooth after clearing away unwanted hair. For another thing, the sugar paste is all-natural, with no harsh chemical ingredients to irritate the skin. Finally, sugar paste, unlike wax and tattoos of oil spills, can be removed with water.
In a lavender-walled room inside Seven on the Light Salon, licensed aesthetician Sasha Hudson practices her specialty: skin-friendly hair removal for men and women. She captures strands of hair with dollops of hard wax that adhere to hair rather than skin, causing less pain than other waxing methods. Facials and chemical peels keep skin soft and glowing as well as hairless and smooth.