When you're served your complimentary cup of herbal tea upon entering Beauty Spa Lounge, think of it as a sort of prelude. The purpose of the tea is to facilitate relaxation, to help clients surrender whatever stresses, worries, or children might still be clinging to them from the outside world, and ease into the more easygoing pace that governs the spa. Once guests are feeling aligned and in tune with their new environment, the treatments begin?a cleansing facial, for instance, that helps relax and tone the skin, or an orange mango peel mani-pedi, which pampers tired hands and feet with cuticle treatments, head, shoulder, and back massages, and a hot stone calf treatment. Throughout its entire service menu, Beauty Spa Lounge incorporates natural and organic salts and sugars and essential oils, plus signature herbal formulas that the skin care experts mix by hand before each treatment in order to tailor the formula to meet each client's unique needs. While not as relaxing as its other treatments, the spa also offers eyelash extensions in a variety of shapes and styles, plus waxing services for brows, chins, underarms, kiwi fruits, and Brazilian bikini areas.
In the 1980s, Preston Jackson Sr. and his wife Anna had a vision to equip women from all walks of life with the tools and skills necessary for a career in cosmetology, manicuring, and aesthetics. In the spirit of that inclusive philosophy, Preston and Anna didn't just open a beauty school here in the United States?they also opened the first ever beauty school in the West African nation of Togo. Two decades after that illustrious beginning, the institution known today as P&A Scholars is not just a certified beauty school, it's also a place where clients can get professional-level hair, nail, or skin treatments from supervised senior students before they graduate to work their magic in high-end salons or the wig rooms of the rich and famous.
The experienced stylists at Vina Valencia Salon & Day Spa clip away split ends, create face-framing layers, and saturate strands of hair with luxurious color. Staff work surrounded by pictures of beauty icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor that adorn fleur-de-lis wallpaper, in a space illuminated by warm hanging lights.