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.
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.
After 14 years in the industry, Javier Campos has learned innumerable ways to craft a flattering hairstyle. He uses this insight not only to sculpt amazing hairdos for his clients, but also to spot talent in potential coworkers. His team includes stylists trained at the Goldwell Academy in both Santa Monica and Baltimore, as well as a manicurist with 27 years of experience and State Board recommendations. He combines all their talents to dazzling effect, unveiling a menu of salon and spa services that range from simple trims and color treatments to anti-aging facials, makeup artistry lessons, and massages. Javier still performs many of the hair services himself, styling, conditioning, and flattering hair until it bashfully changes color.
At Derma Spa, an experienced staff of talon tamers pampers hands and feet into a state of buttery bliss. Hands get unharried with a signature manicure, which begins with an exfoliation of the feelers and forearms before a dip into a clay or paraffin mask leaves them silky and unrecognizable to bruised, vengeful pluots. Next, the talented techs dispatch cracked cuticles and cleanse and shape the nails before painting and polishing your phalange tips in any of the yet-conceptualized colors. Toes are similarly treated to a tip touch-up, starting with an aromatherapy soak and mask designed to soften skin and remove smell lines, and a foot massage preps pads to reassume their roles as loyal leaf crunchers. Afterward, toes will be likewise treated with a shaping, polishing, and painting, and stubborn calluses are callously banished to dermal oblivion.
The team of licensed beauty mages at Maximum Image Salon & Day Spa conjures elegant countenances and easy confidence with a slew of skin-care services. Hour-long European facials focus on flooding arid skinscapes with moisture to deeply cleanse, gently exfoliate, and prevent the type of feature-sliding erosion that plagued so many Picasso models. Inside the warm, pumpkin-hued treatment rooms, clarifying steam, a cleanse, a mask, extractions, a gentle massage with skin-care products, and decollete work coax clogged pores to finally release grime hidden deep within the dermal layer, imbuing faces with a fresh, clean, trustworthy glow. An arm massage rounds out the treatment. Clients should plan to arrive 15 minutes early in order to have time to suit up in a fluffy robe, lounge on the lobby's leather couch with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea, and exchange hair-styling secrets with the waiting room's thick shag area rug.