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.
At Cote d'Azur, don't be surprised if you get a mud wrap from a barefoot aesthetician. Being shoeless helps some of the staff members stay centered, and it reflects the spa's down-to-earth approach to healing. Similarly, many of the treatments draw from natural elements. Lemon and mint invigorate sore toes during the Tibetan foot soak, and Dead Sea salt nurtures the flow of positive energy during Salt Glow treatments. Many services draw from exotic and ancient modalities that focus on holistic wellness, from Thai bodywork to acupuncture treatments that are geared toward fostering spiritual balance.
The experienced muscle menders at Relax Spa squash stress and pulverize body aches with 60 or 90 minutes of kneading massage. During a deep-tissue session, firm finger and hand pressure treks across the entire body, releasing tension, chasing away stress, and untying muscle knots with the speed and skill of an ambidextrous Eagle Scout. Stress, dehydrated skin, and toxins quiver in fear of the blended essential oils rubbed onto epidermises during the aromatherapy massage. Similarly, the hot-stone massage coats guests with essential oils, but augments the results by warming each visitor's back with smooth stones laid out into precise patterns that melt tension and demonstrate offensive football plays.
A warm, pleasant interior welcomes soul sacks to Dawna Ara's stress-nullifying sanctuary, where she employs her nurturing, caring presence and certified healing techniques to cleanse the mind and body and mobilize the life force, known as the qi. In an opening consultation, Dawna carefully listens to each patient talk about his or her needs, total health, and competitive jackhammering career before she outlines her procedure and answers questions. During the relaxing, private treatment, gentle needles penetrate the skin and combine with customized therapies to relieve stress and heal a variety of ailments. After tenderly kneading away any lingering tension with a massage, Dawna Ara will conduct another consultation via email and draw on more than 10 years of experience in the health field to provide advice on improving your nutrition and overall health.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a neighborhood wellness center where state-of-the-art equipment administers spa services. The technology replaces familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, assist in weight loss, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. Members receive personal consulting from spa personnel to assist in identifying customer goals and help achieve results.