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.
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.
Sateen Tan & Spa grooms and pampers from styled head to pedicured toe with aesthetic services performed by an experienced staff. More than seven hair stylists fuss over strands, lengthening hair with extensions and smoothing frizz with keratin treatments. Sateen's licensed manicurist trims and polishes finger- and toe tips, and the licensed aesthetician employs her seven years of experience to soften faces and wax away unwanted hair. Clients can shade pallid skin with a professional airbrush-tanning session or bask in the UV rays of a medium-power bed, high-power standup booth, or ultrahigh-power hug from the sun's second cousin.