To Dana Conrado, skincare is a universal language. Her nearly two-decades-long career has encompassed international training in both London and Canada, as well as a stint spent doing freelance make-up for a Japanese company. Along the way, she picked up certifications in multiple services—acne and rosacea treatments, microdermabrasion, and RejuvaLight therapy, to name a few—and established rapport with many dermatologists and plastic surgeons while undergoing training in medical-grade skincare and chemical peels.
Upon opening Cezanne Skin Group in 1996, she became one of the first on the West Coast to offer sugaring, a kind of hair removal that uses natural and organic ingredients in place of hot wax strips or repurposed bumper stickers. Together with aesthetician Amanda Ward, Dana transforms appearances and enhances relaxation through massage services, body wraps, and facials, often blending in high-quality restoratives from brands such as Dermalogica and Pevonia Botanica.
From styling celebrity hair to revitalizing complexions with relaxing facials, the team at Willo Aveda, an Aveda concept salon, aims to fill local mirrors with visions of beauty. Stylists of five different experience levels wash and rinse hair before breathing new life into languishing strands with a tailored cut and blow-dry. Alternatively, hair artisans can deploy Aveda's 97%?99% naturally derived formulas to refresh hair with a single-process color or nourish locks with conditioning plant oils that leave hair shinier than a freshly licked ring pop. The stylists at Willo Aveda also stay engaged with their clients through an active blog that celebrates lauded hair happenings. Most recently, the business collaborated with other Aveda salons to help set a Guinness World Record for the most money raised for charity in 24 hours through haircuts alone.
Run by a duo of longtime friends with a mutual love for baking, Cupcake Craving rocketed to popularity from its modest beginnings?within a year of the first store?s grand opening, Sacramento Magazine awarded it the Diners? Choice Award for the area?s best cupcake. Since then, the bakery has become a mainstay on CityVoters and KCRA 3's top-five dessert lists, and its handcrafted creations continue to earn new fans. Artful swirls of buttercream or cream-cheese frosting top the bakery?s diminutive cupcakes, which come in more than 20 traditional and signature flavors. The bakery can also handle orders for large parties and special occasions; an on-site artist designs custom cupcake cakes with special flavors and decorations to celebrate birthdays and welcome new gallons of milk into the home.
High Maintenance Nail Salon's Kathy Ford-Hamblin has been decorating digits for more than 30 years, relying on super sanitary methods and the latest polishing techniques. Along with technician Gaby Valencia, Kathy works to provide customers with the latest trend in nail art. After first filing and buffing nails and curtailing over-grown cuticles, she deftly works from a palette of traditional and gel-based varnishes from lines such as OPI, Shellac, and Gelish. Kathy is also certified to apply Minx overlays to fingers and toes?she even trained with one of the product creators, Dawn Lynch-Goodwin. Acrylic nails, meanwhile, add length and strength to stubby or thin nails, while French-style manicures add a touch of class by capping each finger with clean, white tips or a generous slice of brie.
The newly remodeled Capital Nails boasts a cozy, softly lit interior lined with six spa pedicure chairs and elegant light fixtures. Perhaps the most notable features, however, are the arched doorways, which the studio's technicians use as points of reference as they shape nails into perfect parabolas during manicures and pedicures. Once they have filed nails, trimmed cuticles, conditioned skin, the technicians brush on chip-resistant coats of Shellac, OPI, or Gelish polish that have been known to last for more than two weeks, or the equivalent of one full night of relentlessly clawing at the walls of a dungeon, followed by a hand massage. Along with nailcare, the staff offers eyelash extensions, permanent-makeup applications, and waxing services.
Gail Perry discovered her calling in the mid-1990s. Though she had no formal experience with massage therapy, she started to massage friends and family members until finally, she quit her day job and attended the Massage Therapy Institute of Davis. Since gaining her certification, she has joined two professional associations and capitalized on her innate ability to intuit and meet clients' therapeutic needs. She describes herself as tireless and attentive, saying, "My work is about being open to listening to the wisdom of the body." To this end, Gail offers more than 10 styles of massage, including lymphatic drainage and pregnancy, but generally combines modalities in order to deliver personalized treatments.