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.
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.
Lookfine Beauty's Upland and Montclair beauty professionals vanquish blemishes with chemical peels and more contemporary techniques, including electrical microcurrent treatments and diamond-tip microdermabrasion, as well as a passion for threading, the ancient art of sculpting eyebrows into shapely arches with a cotton strand. Meanwhile, the graceful curlicues and camouflaged exam answers characteristic of henna tattoos temporarily infuse complexions with a fresh aesthetic.
Inside The Tanning Spa, clients can step into a host of tanning beds, including standup, high-pressure tanning systems from brands such as Sun Italia. Clients in search of a sunless tan can opt for custom airbrush tanning using the Infinity Sun system, or choose to get a Mystic Tan with or without bronzer. Skin can also be beautified through Lumiere facial rejuvenation that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as evens out skin pigmentation.
Pacific Acne Clinic’s three-step cleansing program helps rid blemishes from the face to reveal clearer, more radiant skin. By using a purifying cleanser, antibacterial cream, and Celixom’s system of products, clients can see a diminishment of acne in as little as one week. A team of aestheticians also combats dead skin cells and fine lines with microdermabrasion treatments.