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.
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.
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.
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 studio at Javier's Hair Salon and Day Spa strikes a bold visual impression, what with the black-leather styling chairs, brushed-metal accents, and a natural-wood floor that resembles wave-washed sand—all set against a blue wall. This artistic statement mirrors the approach of Javier Campos and his team—including stylist Pamela Coder— who style women's, men's, and children's hair with salon services such as haircuts, coloring, and keratin smoothing treatments. The staff's expertise further extends to aesthetic and spa services, such as facials, mani-pedis, waxing, and massage.
Kristen, the certified massage therapist behind My Kneaded Touch, believes that therapeutic touch can improve virtually any condition. During sessions held within Bliss Salon and Spa, she dissipates tension with gentle Swedish strokes, roots out chronic aches with deep-tissue kneads, and addresses issues such as headaches or fibromyalgia with more focused techniques. Try a treatment that incorporates warm desert stones if you want an extra dose of pampering or if you're a cold-blooded lizard.