"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who’s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that’s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
A full-service beauty-and-wellness center, Tantric Tanning & Total Body Care conducts spa, massage, and tanning services in a tranquil setting. The pampering treatments include everything from facials and body wraps to foot reflexology, aromatherapy massage, and teeth whitening. Tanning options include UV and sunless spray tans.
The skilled team at Intermission Spa consists of certified massage therapists who relieve clients' pain and tension on a daily basis. Backs stressed from strenuous labor can bid adieu to pain with a deep tissue or circulatory massage, a specialty of the certified therapist trio.
Lookfine Threading and Beauty Salon's Upland beauty professionals vanquish blemishes with contemporary techniques, including electrical microcurrent treatments and diamond-tip microdermabrasion, as well as a passion for threading, the ancient art of sculpting eyebrows into shapely arches with a cotton strand. Meanwhile, the graceful curlicues and camouflaged exam answers characteristic of henna tattoos temporarily infuse complexions with a fresh aesthetic.
Hair Secret Salon started in Pomona in 2004, and relocated to Upland about five years ago. They recently expanded the hair and beauty salon, where their licensed stylists pride themselves on transforming their clients' looks and making sure each style is easy to maintain at home. Offering women's cuts, vibrant color services, waxing, and facials, this upbeat and hip salon provides total makeovers in a friendly atmosphere. Clients can come in for a frizz-taming Brazilian gloss treatment, have a full-head weave put in place, or get nails groomed to perfection.
The knowledgeable staffers at Planet Beauty stock the store’s shelves with enough top-quality beauty products to outfit a regiment of beauticians. Guided by experience as aestheticians, stylists, and makeup artists, they help guests navigate the roster of premium brands, which includes bad-hair-day-banishing products from Frederic Fekkai and Kérastase. Skincare potions from Dermalogica and Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.