"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.
At the full-service Bollywood Salon, a team of licensed hair and skin experts transform their clients' appearances through a combination of natural salon and med-spa services. They shape eyebrows with chemical-free threading, and remove unwanted body hair with all-natural, honey-based wax. While their facials buff away dead skin, intricate henna tattoos lend a sense of whimsy to hands, arms, legs, and feet.
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Eyelash Extenions and Facials
Brands Used: Novalash Eyelash Extenions
Pro Tip: Come Relax and Enjoy.
Brands Used: GloTherapeutics
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Working for a dermatologist for many years, I developed a true passion for the medical side of aesthetics. I love helping others get to their desired results. I personally suffered from acne, so having the personal struggle ha[s] pushed my passion for my work.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
Tears of joy. We have clients that are cancer survivors and all they want is their "Normal" self back.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
We love talking to our clients. Communication is key, we love to find out what are clients' goals and hopes are for their treatment.
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.
“Touching lives by creating changes in a person’s appearance” became the guiding principle of MaryStella Studio’s eponymous owner after helping her daughter overcome cystic acne. For Mary, that episode illuminated the profound effect that effective skincare can have on a person. She was so impressed with her daughter’s improved skin—as well as with the confidence and self-esteem it yielded—that she began to explore the world of aesthetics as a viable career.
Mary’s determination to help others through skincare and wellness treatments finally led her to open MaryStella Studio, a tranquil sanctuary that aims to rejuvenate and revitalize bodies from the inside out. Whether a nourishing facial or lash tinting, each of the studio’s treatments accounts for your individual skincare history and concerns that dead skin receive a proper eulogy. Mary relies on beautifying product lines such as PCA Skin—with its blend of peptides, antioxidants and botanicals—as well as advanced anti-aging equipment such as a noncrystal microdermabrasion system.