At the age of 11, when most kids are playing with toys, Nadine Gomez was training. She spent so much time in salons, she essentially grew up in them, acquiring both a keen sense of style and the ability to effectively translate clients' ideas into reality. She puts her years of training to good use at Natural Intentions Salon & Spa, where she performs specialty cuts and color services for clients of all ages. Even though she has more than 23 years of salon experience at her disposal, Nadine is always looking to master new techniques, trends, and nicknames for "scissors" through ongoing training sessions.
As a licensed cosmetologist for 39 years and owner of Indulgence, The Salon for nearly half that time, Beverly Brunkhurst manages her staff of a dozen or so talented hairstylists with confidence. The crew calls upon Redken products as they cut and color locks amid the space’s sand-colored walls and rustic tile floors. They tame frizz with the Keratin Complex Smoothing treatment or a chair and whip and transform bobs and pixie cuts into long and flowing styles with four types of hair extensions. The resident nail technician, Lola, contributes to makeovers with gel overlays and pink and white fills, while makeup artists ready clients for a night on the town with applications and lessons. Styling clients, however, is only part of the Indulgence team’s job; they also contribute to various local organizations, including Seal Beach Animal Care Shelter, Project Shepherd, and Locks of Love.
Pink and white striped walls and twinkling chandeliers overlook Savvy Chic Nail Cottage as 12 technicians in pink aprons flurry around plush Victorian armchairs, daubing fingers and toes in glossy polish. A feminine and shabby-chic oasis dreamed up by Ebony Bolton and her husband Michael in 2010, Savvy Chic treats guests to tea in vintage teacups and chocolates from See's Candies as they chat with staffers about their favorite shades of OPI and Gelish lacquers or revel in foot scrubs and hot-lotion massages. Acrylic nails in perfect ovals, squares, and dodecagons lend length and strength to fingertips, and children's mani-pedis pamper pint-size appendages. The cottage keeps its equipment spic and span beyond state standards with germicide, UV-heat sanitation, and disposable protective pouches. Savvy Chic also hosts pedicure parties for bachelorettes and birthdays and frees chins, arms, and other areas from unwelcome fuzz with warm wax.
Grace Rangel draws upon more than 25 years of skincare and haircare experience to beautify her guests. She prides herself on not only performing expert services, but also constantly updating her aesthetic education. At the end of a visit, Grace teaches her clients how to maintain their new looks, offering custom advice so they can keep feeling their best. In addition to a full menu of facials, Grace offers inch-loss body wraps that dissolve unwanted inches, extensions that grace eyes with a dramatic new set of lashes, and aesthetic treatments such as waxing and microdermabrasion that keep skin smooth.
A holistic approach to wellness underpins Finely Kneaded Day Spa's treatments, which range from back massages with scalp- and foot-rub add-ons to manual spinal adjustments by the spa's chiropractor. Exfoliation and extractions tussle with hyperpigmentation and age spots during the European-style facial, the results of which can be enhanced by the chemical kiss of a mini glycolic peel. The staff also performs such specialty services as ear coning, which reduces pressure on ear canals in an effort to relieve congestion. As a maximally tranquil haven from the perpetual hub-bub of the outside world, the spa requires that cell phones be silenced or placed in a bowl of Jell-O (not provided).