Alainn Tu is stocked with a staff of friendly and experienced stylists and aestheticians, and the salon and spa's commitment to eco-friendly business practices shows a worldview beyond the keratin fences of customer's toenails. Customers can get smoother than a freshly buffed professional bowler with waxing options, including brow ($18–$35), lip ($7), and chin ($10–$15) treatments, or increase the drama of their eye accessories by tinting their lashes ($25) or brows ($15). For skin showing signs of stress, forget direct injections of soothing elevator music and instead opt for the 60-minute 302 Signature regeneration treatment ($75), which includes cleansing, extractions (as necessary), and an enzyme mask. The quickie break-time treatment ($50), men's signature treatment ($75), or flash treatments replenish the skin better than repeatedly dipping frontispieces into bowls of punch.
Minx Salon and Spa’s owner, Maddison Bell, stockpiles nine years of experience as a stylist and colorist and shares that knowledge through her work as an artistic educator for Matrix Professional haircare. Maddison and her talented, professional team perfect hair, massage, skincare, and nail services within the comforts of a charming home. The two-story building was made in the early 1900s in the American Craftsman style, an architectural movement that lost steam in the '30s after the Great Depression triggered the Hooverville fad. The modern furnishings and contemporary interior décor follow a sleek black-and-white color scheme with elegant chandeliers hanging over hairstyling stations, luxurious pedicure chairs, and six spa-treatment rooms.
From styling celebrity hair to revitalizing complexions with relaxing facials, the team at Willo Aveda, an Aveda concept salon, aims to fill local mirrors with visions of beauty. Stylists of five different experience levels wash and rinse hair before breathing new life into languishing strands with a tailored cut and blow-dry. Alternatively, hair artisans can deploy Aveda's 97%–99% naturally derived formulas to refresh hair with a single-process color or nourish locks with conditioning plant oils that leave hair shinier than a freshly licked ring pop. Aestheticians address hyperpigmentation or acne with skin-specific facials, and nail techs can upgrade the signature manicure with durable Shellac gel polish that lasts up to two weeks.
Twelve-year-old Maria Biundo lifts her little sister onto the top of a hamper in their parents' bathroom. She leans in, bringing her face close to the 8-year-old tot's, as she begins to work—sweeping blush across cheeks, shadow over eyelids, and a vibrant hue on lips. After the transformation is complete, Maria steps back to observe her sister's beautified features, and a broad smile spreads across both their faces. The right makeup, she realizes, can make one feel good inside and out. Today, Maria—now a licensed aesthetician—designs the services at Escape & Unwind Salon Spa to emphasize beauty's uplifting effects. She brings homemade chocolate-chip cookies into work each day, pressing them upon clients between facials, massages, manicures, and waxing and makeup services. She also insists that her team undergoes training with reps from skincare and makeup lines such as Jan Marini, Moroccanoil, and DermaQuest to ensure they're using the latest beauty techniques. For maximum pampering, she even hires a professional chef to cater services for bridal parties and other groups with light, healthy food.
A licensed aesthetician since 1996, Traci has honed her skin-rejuvenating technique in spas throughout Sacramento – currently administering her range of facials at Chakras Day Spa. Traci’s repertoire of treatments includes traditional enzyme- and moisturizer-based facials, photo-facials, and wrinkle-reducing Botinol injections.
A burbling waterfall wall and live palm fronds welcome clients to the earth-toned oasis of Elk Grove Massage29. Before beginning any session, the spa’s licensed therapists consult with clients to determine the best massage for their needs; it could be Swedish strokes to slake general stress or hot stones to melt away tension and determine which extremities are really just frozen burritos. The therapists also specialize in hot-pack massage, which uses grain-filled pouches that are heated to 170–180 degrees in order to release tension and increase flexibility.