At Cool Nogginz Hair Salon, clients can subtly update their do or completely change their look. The salon's team of stylists performs everything from standard cuts to highlights, lowlights, and gloss treatments. They also see to the rest of the body with facials and peels, as well as manicures and spray tanning.
Jody fixes skin problems for the faces that pass through the doors of Salon 506. A microdermabrasion wand or miniature belt sander sloughs off layers of dead skin cells, leaving a healthy glow behind. She also arms herself with a squadron of Aveda products––including the radiance-inducing Perfecting Plant Peel––to uproot blackheads, zap away excess oil, and diminish the appearance of fine lines.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right—within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services—from foundation checks to express facials—allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Owner and aesthetician Katrina Barringer opened Skin Essentials Laser and Medical Spa in 1999, and has since recruited an elite team of eight that includes a physician and a licensed acupuncturist. Each of the women on staff boasts a specialty such as bamboo-fusion massage, eyelash extensions, or aromatherapy that smells like colors. Barringer's interests are of an academic complexion, as she penned an award-winning paper and is one of 67 laser technicians without an M.D. degree to be accepted into the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
At NorthEast Ear, Nose, and Throat Center, adult and pediatric otolaryngologists address virtually every malady that can affect a person’s facial structures. Doctors James Dziadziola and Jamie Scaglione treat allergies, sinusitis, and sore throats, as well as provide hearing tests and hearing aids. Additionally, the clinic administers skincare services including facials, peels, and masks made with natural ingredients such as papaya puree and pumpkin enzymes. These facial treatments can improve a variety of skin problems including acne, sun damage, and wrinkles.
Within the cream and burgundy oasis that is Euphoria Body Salon, a team of beautifiers with more than 50 years of combined experience get to work primping, pampering, and painting. Nail technicians administer mani-pedis decadent enough to warrant names like "whipped strawberry," handing each client a glass of bubbly before massaging hands and slicking them with polish. Dermaplane facials resurface tired fa?ades, and hairstylists cut and color the coifs of women, men, and children.