Cofounder Tina Mui-Wong boasts a passion for the beauty industry that spurred her to earn a cosmetology license before completing high school and establish a pair of spas that have thrived for more than 25 years. In a 2010 interview with Pasadena Magazine, Mui-Wong admits to being a "product freak," which is reflected in her role as developer of Amadeus's signature line, T.E.A. The staff and salon has appeared in the film Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, graced television screens on ABC's Extreme Makeover, and exhibited their handiwork on the Rose Bowl queen and her court of chrysanthemum noblesse for two decades.
Amadeus takes pride in its custom massages, and re-trains every nail technician in-house to ensure updated mastery of the hand jive. Guests receive slippers, robes, and complimentary skin consultations upon request, and may pad down the scented hallways after their treatment to decompress in a eucalyptus steam room.
Master stylist Fredy Arboleda trained in London and Paris before opening his first salon, Ravissant, which served its clientele for more than 20 years. During that time, Fredy was inspired to create a salon in Pasadena that would provide his customers with a truly luxurious experience. To that end he was very purposeful when choosing the interior design of The Beauty Lounge, looking to capture a peaceful and modern vibe that would conjure up an oasis-like atmosphere.
The services the Lounge provides, which range from cuts and colors to manicures and full-body waxing, are all supervised by Fredy. Guests can also get pampered with multivitamin skin treatments, acne facials, and glycolic treatments that can be enhanced with seaweed masks, paraffin hand dips, or ginseng treatments. All these treatments are designed to help clients completely unwind, like a ball of yarn in the hands of a particularly industrious kitten.
Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a private or semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.
The technicians at No Sand Tan have stayed one step ahead of the sun since 1987 through continuing education and gear upgrades that expedite the bronzing process. At the studio or on location, airbrush artists oblige requests to conceal stretch marks or replicate the color of a favorite burlap sack with an organic, nourishing bronzer from Norvell. Automated booths empower clients to customize their own sun-free spray sessions. The studio's six UV modules operate under an innovative design that combines tanning with teeth whitening. Four traditional UV beds radiate at high- and low-pressure intensities to cultivate a rich hue regardless of skin type, and two extra-efficient booths deliver medium-pressure sessions fewer than 10 minutes long.
The folks at Elude Medical & Skin Spa understand that it's hard to give proper due to your skin, what with the daily hassles of work and family. So the goal of William C. Swanson, MD and his staff is to pay proper attention and care to clients' skin in a comforting and slow-paced atmosphere. Dr. Swanson has 40 years of experience in the medical field, and has surrounded himself with a team of physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. Together they offer many options for caring for aging and damaged skin. These include Botox and Juvederm to stymie wrinkles, chemical peels, and laser hair removal. They also offer help with skincare regimens such as SkinMedica, Revision, and Eminence Organics.
The Factory Studio is the end result of the high-flung aspirations shared by two eccentric salon veterans. Every day, stylist and musician Alfonso Afanador teams up with makeup artist and singer Nina Lares Fetter to lead a team of industry experts in the quest for aesthetic excellence. Team members combine their skill sets to perform hair services, makeup services, facials and peels, and waxing sessions. They also supercharge the salon by hosting occasional art exhibitions and allowing the resident DJ to soundtrack haircutting sessions with songs that encourage toe tapping, rather than head bobbing.