"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.
Pretty Foo Foo Salon & Spa, located next to Ontario Mills, peeks through lush greenery and beckons passersby into its calming oasis, where beauty boosters and relaxation experts pamper visitors with the same emphasis they displayed on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Addition. In a flurry of scissor snips and Bumble and bumble products, Pretty Foo Foo's stylists renovate outmoded coiffures with haircuts, color treatments, and a slew of salon services. The aestheticians also send visitors on the path to epidermal perfection with PCA Skin Solutions' fragrance- and synthetic-free serums that erase blemishes, sunspots, and grocery lists scrawled on the forehead.
The team at True Beauty Aesthetics specializes in noninvasive procedures, from laser hair-removal and elos skin-tightening treatments to photofacials and Botox injections. Consultations precede treatments, so clients have a chance to discuss their envisioned results and warn the staff of any allergies to hearing the word “laser.”
Dr. Dan Vasile oversees Skin Envy's roster of aesthetic experts, who restore faces to factory settings with a variety of med-spa services. The LimeLight photofacial begins with a consultation that fields any questions about the procedure, possible effects, and reasons why bad things happen to good faces. The 30-minute photofacial then uses Intense Pulsed Light to raise hyperpigmentation and sun damage to the surface of the skin, where it will eventually flake off naturally. The precisely calibrated beams of light also target age spots and acne scars and render complexions smooth and bright. Skin Envy's technicians try to keep the treatment as comfortable as possible and are available for posttreatment questions and complexion-soothing bedtime stories afterward.
Skin Perfect's hair-despising laser was sent back through time to terminate unwanted hair quickly and safely using handcrafted photons that harmlessly pass through the skin to directly dissipate hair follicles. Technicians can evict pesky hair from the bodily zones of both men and women with high precision. They handle light lassos like hair-wrestling cowpokes, with each beam carefully calibrated for empathy and small talk. Laser hair removal often bequeaths a longer-lasting hairlessness than waxing or shaving, and while not completely painless, it's less painful than laser hair addition.
The stylists at Hair A Juku Hair Salon understand that every client has different needs—and sometimes they don't even know what those needs are. That's why the stylists make their consultations complimentary, to help the heads beneath the hair determine which look suits their aesthetic preferences, lifestyle, and desire to not resemble Don King.
Once they've decided on a look, all clients have to do is relax in a boxy black chair and let their eyes wander over the salon's colorful portraits of musical legends as the stylists go about their work. Paul Mitchell products—including strengthening Awapuhi Keratriplex balms—help in nearly every service, whether it's an updo or a trip to the color bar for some low-ammonia, beeswax-based salves. With their versatility and dedication to the client, it's hardly a wonder that City Voter named Hair A Juku Hair Salon in its Top 5 for Best Haircut in 2012.