Contour Dermatology bolsters patients struggling with friction-inducing strands and stubble with safe, comfortable laser hair-removal techniques. Over the course of three sessions, medically trained staffers teleport black or brunette fuzz from the face or body to a far-off galaxy by aiming a low-energy GentleLase beam at follicular bases. Charged particles carry enough energy to blast away the melanin inside errant bristles but leave the surrounding skin healthy and unharmed. Like planning a date for your parents, the procedure can be slightly uncomfortable, so technicians employ a cool laser tip, gel, or spray to soothe the skin and help spare nerves undue unpleasantness. Most complexions are acceptable candidates for laser hair removal, but clients with a very dark complexion may be subject to a spot test to ensure effective treatment. Clients need three to six sessions on average to impede ill-placed tufts during the active phase of each follicle's growth cycle.
Bridging the gap between study and practice, every stylist at Ricasha Salon continues to train in contemporary techniques despite each wielding more than 15 years of salon experience. After hosting complimentary consultations with clients to discuss haircare goals, the staff members set about recreating a preferred style or inventing a new one. While performing a variety of beautifying services, they'll pluck professional-grade products—including Moroccanoil and Rusk haircare balms and chip-resistant Shellac nail polishes—from the well-stocked shelves lining the salon.
Besides getting a haircut or learning the art of quantum leaping, clients can adopt a fresh new look by donning a piece of owner Rick Innocenti's handcrafted jewelry. Featuring burnished metals and soft, pastel hues, his works have adorned the necks and lobes of celebrities, including Carter and Bea Arthur.
The tight-knit posse of stylists and aestheticians at Hi-Lites Aveda Salon spike every service with an extra dose of relaxation. Aveda's Pure Plant Essental Aromas send all-natural smells wafting through the air as clients weigh which complimentary spa extra will best suit their styling or waxing session: hand or neck massage, steam-towel treatment, or five-minute makeup application? Candlelight flickers in the secluded Hair Spa, where each snipping starts with a neck massage and a spell in a full-body massage chair that loosens up tense muscles and over-tight neck bolts.
Certified as Master Trainers by the State of California, the salon's owners mold their protégées in-house to ensure a shared camaraderie and uniform standard of quality. Hi-Lites' professional ethic includes eschewing tips and bribes to surreptitiously chop a political opponent's locks, with the team favoring higher wages and the simple rewards of satisfied customers.
Off the beaten path in the San Bernardino Mountain foothills, Desert Hot Springs draws travelers with the natural mineral waters that flow into Aqua Soleil and local spas, burbling at up to 148 degrees. The calming desert landscapes provide the backdrop for a relaxing getaway. The Cabot's Pueblo Museum, a Hopi-influenced pueblo hand-built by town founder Cabot Yerxa in 1913, displays how the settler crafted his home from material found throughout the desert. World-class golf courses and shopping centers are found about 10 miles south in Palm Springs, featuring retro '50s- and '60s-influenced architecture.
Pink Tanning & Body Spa’s sole aesthetician, Danielle Pinkerton, has been featured in ieStyle Magazine for her results-driven, personalized facials that leave human frontispieces glowing with the help of organic and vegan Osea products. When applied by such a professional, Osea's skin-nourishing salves seep into pores to deliver vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids derived from the earth, sea, and cereal-box prize pouches. The seasoned aesthetician's repertoire of epidermal services also includes organic body scrubs that render skin silky smooth and merciful waxing treatments that oust unwanted hair with fragrant Escential wax. Her steady hand can also augment skin color during custom spray-tanning sessions held in her salon or in the comfort of the client's home through her mobile service.