Rumba Hair Studio's dedicated stylists wield Aveda products as they clip manes, perform aromatherapy scalp massages, perm hair into springy curls, and transform façades with skillfully applied makeup. Clients with damaged locks can revive listless scalp weeds through Purescription treatments, while Aveda’s Full Spectrum hair color instantly enlivens strands without necessitating daily showers in coffee.
Situated just three blocks from the beach, Whimsy Salon & Garden treats hair to beautifying blowouts in a cool and rustic environment. Kick back as practiced fingers shampoo and condition locks before migrating to chairs, where strands get blow-dried and lavishly styled, abandoning the Tintin curl they maintained for years out of sheer stubbornness. Upgrades are available for an additional fee, including a Kevin Murphy deep-conditioning treatment ($30), a flatiron style ($25) or a curling-iron style ($30). Guests can recline under Whimsy's crystal chandeliers while sipping a complimentary mimosa or wine that rolls sweetly off the palate, enjoying an included warm lavender-mint wrap or reveling in the salon's at-home feel.
Registered nurse Vala DiCarlo draws on more than 15 years experience in the medical field to enhance skin’s health and aesthetic appeal. This clinical background makes her particular about the products she chooses to integrate into her custom facial treatments. Using professional-grade solutions from 302 Professional Skincare and Le Mieux, she erases built-up years with treatments including ultrasonic facials that deliver anti-aging serums deep into the skin’s inner layers. She also treats acne with infusions of green tea, chamomile, and sulfur, or reduces hyperpigmentation with the rejuvenation facial’s glycolic exfoliation. She doesn’t leave sensitive skin to fend for itself, but instead soothes it with a specially calibrated facial that includes exfoliating spray and all-natural, fragrance-free products.
According to their philosophy, the team at Innovative Beauty Lounge "believes that taking care of yourself is a necessity, not a luxury." This high standard is reflected in what the lounge calls its extensive, "one-stop-shop-style" treatment list, which includes services such as infrared sauna sessions, professional makeup artistry, facials, and waxing.
This beauty- and relaxation-centric worldview is also present in the spa's origin story: Though Innovative features salon, med-spa, and day-spa services, it was founded not by aestheticians but by massage therapists. Therapists at Innovative Beauty Lounge have previously kneaded the muscles of professional athletes and at five-star resorts across the globe.
Redondo Beach Beauty College preps future beauty makers with classroom instruction and hands-on training. Cosmetology students prepare for state licensure with 1,600 hours of technical instruction and practical training. Aside from cosmetology training, other programs include instruction and experience for aspiring aestheticians, manicurists, and beauty instructors, and the staff can teach these programs in English, Vietnamese, or Spanish. The 4,880-square-foot facility hosts classes in lecture and lab rooms, workshop areas, and includes a student library, break room, and place to stash doll hair after it’s been removed from a sibling’s favorite Ken doll.
Per its name, Wax' n The City offers waxing for the whole physique, but that's only the beginning of the nail salon's beauty services. The bilingual team--they speak English and Spanish—can complement their vibrant manicures and pedicures with moisturizing paraffin treatments. After a free skin analysis, they also treat skin with assorted facials, which can deep-clean pores, or combat signs of aging with glycolic acid-infused products. Alternatively, for special occasions or a subtle pick-me-up, they can enhance faces with artful custom makeup and cat whiskers.