With locations throughout California, including LA, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, San Jose, Inland Empire, Ventura County, and Orange County, 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 Peter Thomas Roth clear facial canvases before applications of Smashbox blush brighten cheeks or Divaderme lash extender make eyelashes visible from orbit.
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.
The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
At Zerona Laser OC, a team led by Dr. Matthew Goda zaps away extra inches with the help of cold laser technology. During sessions, Erchonia's signature Zerona lasers liquefy lipids in stubbornly plump body areas, shrinking fat cells without affecting any other tissue or government-implanted homing chips. After each 40-minute session, extra water helps flush away the fat floating within intercellular space, with light exercise burning off what remains. To achieve optimal results, Dr. Goda recommends at least six sessions, spaced two days apart.
Dr. Charles Sarosy and Dr. Salma Aziz, DPM, take the lead at Pure Beauty Skin Care and Medical Spa, where an experienced team of doctors and nurses helps to banish signs of aging with nonsurgical treatments. Laser-based procedures scan the treatment spectrum, helping to smooth wrinkles and even out complexions on the face and banish scars, spider veins, and hair along the body. Injectables by Botox and Juv?derm aid in temporarily erasing fine lines, and products such as Latisse help to boost lagging lashes.
More than a dozen stylists, aestheticians, and nail technicians work within Legends Hairstyling Co. on Santa Margarita Pkwy. Men and women come in to get their hair wrangled and their skin soothed, as do a lot of brides—the wide variety of services under one roof makes Legends a natural spot to gear up for a big day. The salon's inventory of products is nearly as wide, including organic options and lines just for guys' testosterone-soaked scalps.