When Erica Suppa opened Fresh Faced Skin Care, she knew she didn’t want facials and proper skincare regimes to fall second to typical spa hokum. So, the licensed skin specialist traded in terry-cloth robes and champagne sipped from fuzzy slippers for clinical treatments that target skin on a cellular level.
Erica’s clients can sink into a comfortable chair and reap the benefits of an array of services, including deep-pore treatments, PCA peels, and LED facials, which battle everything from acne and hyperpigmentation to wrinkles and sun damage. A shelf full of PCA and Skin Script professional products rests an arm’s length away from Erica, allowing her to use them during facials or recommend them for a client’s at-home regimen.
At California Sun Tanporiums, nominated as one of the Top 250 Salons in the USA by Looking Fit magazine, bodies slip into a UV-free beach-bronze glow that lasts 4–7 days with Versa Spa sunless-tanning sessions. Clients step inside a private Versa Spa tanning booth, where a voice-activation system walks them through the three-step process that imparts a faux tan more natural looking than self-applied bronzers or wearing an oversize parking cone. Each session begins with a pH-balancing treatment to disperse natural oils, followed by an evenly applied mist of sunless tanner, a serum comprised of DHA, amino acids, and aloe that increases color depth and moisturizes skin without streaks. The machine-sprayed service finishes with a hydrating treatment of botanicals, soy proteins, and green-tea extracts to replenish vital nutrients, diminish fine lines, and wean skin off of its soda-pop bath addiction.
The team at Sherif Zaki Salon & The Oasis Spa, led by internationally trained hairstylist Sherif Zaki, believes that beauty and confidence go hand in hand. In an effort to bolster both, they use state-of-the-art tools and creative, customized techniques in order to accent each individual's personality and style. The service menu includes spa, salon, nail, and acupuncture treatments, and preliminary consultations help to ensure that each client receives care best suited to his or her lifestyle.
Inside the salon, stylists cut, color, and highlight hair as well as add texture with permanent waves and Balmain hair extensions. Nail technicians, working in an exceptionally clean environment, repair broken nails and soften skin with paraffin-wax dips, and makeup artists highlight features with professional applications and makeup lessons. On the spa side of things, aestheticians cleanse pores, and rejuvenate damaged skin, and set it aglow with a collection of facials, while massage therapists invite visitors to escape from stress and relax. Dr. Don Liu partners with the salon and spa to treat allergies, migraines, and chronic pain using acupuncture.
Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Videll’s Day Spa’s eponymous massage therapist, Videll Long, oversees a staff of professional aestheticians, nail techs, and massage therapists who work together to break new ground in beauty and relaxation. Private rooms replete with plush chairs and pillowy massage tables serve as the background to services such as facials, mani-pedis, waxing, massages, and microphototherapy treatments that tighten and tone skin to reduce age spots. Whether treating patrons one-on-one or alongside friends at group parties, the spa’s specialists pamper bodies with products from top brands such as Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dermalogica.
Currie Hair Skin & Nails performs its ministrations in ultramodern, elegant spaces as clients settle into plush robes and slippers. Stylists guide patrons into sleek leather chairs to infuse 'dos with face-framing highlights or tame overgrown head ferns with a phalanx of scissors and a blow-dry for good measure. Visages in need of amelioration may opt for the recovery facial, which revitalizes with an arctic-berry-based antioxidant serum that neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. During an aromatherapy massage, licensed massage therapists soothe away stress from demanding jobs and dishonest parking meters, and mani-pedi specialists deftly shape and polish nails, repair broken nail beds, and curb thrill-seeking hangnails.