Sugar Skulls Beauty Lab welcomes everybody—women, men, and kids—to the upscale environment of their brand-new Corona salon. There, talented stylists expertly beautify clients' locks with haircuts as well as coloring and smoothing treatments. Beard trims and other barber services pamper male clients, while kids can get glam with a junior haircut.
Kristen Burtt's friends have always loved her back rubs. "For some reason, I could always feel the muscles with my hands," she says. "They knew what to do." She took that as a sign and went to school to improve her muscle-kneading prowess. Today, she taps into her natural gifts and education as she lavishes her clients with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. Her favorites are hot stone and lomi-lomi, a Hawaiian full-body massage that she gives with her forearms as clients recline on a bed of ukuleles.
Kristen keeps the lights dim and the music low as she kneads weary muscles within her private massage room, which she's outfitted in earthy browns, blacks, and mauves. She says that when she finishes each appointment, her clients emerged relaxed and focused. "I take the pains away so you can focus more on life," she says.
Marti Bechtel loves cutting hair––making new friends is the icing on the cake. It’s this personal attention that has kept her clients coming back, some of them for more than 20 years. In the comfort of her Riverside styling chair, guests can solicit Marti for sleek new layers or request more complicated tasks, such as color highlights or convincing every hair that it’s her secret favorite.
Ornate chandeliers, handsome wood hutches, and a vintage mirror set over a fireplace dress up the 1920s tudor home that serves as The Wax Lounge’s headquarters. But behind all that beauty lies a highly educated staff, including a salon biochemist who draws on a background in biological engineering and cosmetic chemistry to formulate many of the in-house products. That combination of style and substance permeates a menu of more than 250 services, including facials that firm sagging skin with microcurrent technology and Brazilian waxes made less daunting with the application of a special numbing cream. A lash specialist at the helm of the salon's GlitzLash Bar takes over where Mother Nature left off by dressing up peepers with extensions that call to mind pinup girls, burlesque stars, or the world's sexiest movie camels. Those looking to enhance their natural lash lines can try semipermanent mascara, which is formulated to be hypoallergenic, water resistant, and safe for pregnant women.
The skilled team at Karen Allen Aveda Salon & Spa cares for clients with skincare, hair, and nailcare services that promote inner and outer beauty in an atmosphere that celebrates wellness, diversity, and laughter. The salon operates under the Aveda umbrella, tending to clients with products known for their high-quality, plant-derived ingredients.
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded, earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging, cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
Licensed aesthetician Stevie Smith smoothes and rejuvenates skin with facials, peels, and waxing services for males and females. Armed with an education from Salon Success Academy that focused on hair removal and facials, Smith sloughs off dead skin cells with one of five different kinds of peels and cleans pores with spa, acne, or express facials. At the client's request, she can enhance any facial with an antioxidant-rich retinol booster. Her beautifying services also include custom makeup applications, teeth-whitening treatments, and contouring body wraps.
The licensed aesthetician at Skin by Stevie specialized in manual, electrical, and chemical facials during her professional studies at the Salon Success Academy before earning her license from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Peels and facials ensure clients maintain a youthful glow despite a barrage of free radicals and airborne Splenda, whereas body wraps smooth out body topography. Other aesthetic services include teeth whitening, waxing, and makeup application.