Formally trained in Europe and licensed as both a cosmetologist and electrologist, owner Sophia Brodsky has snipped hair, polished nails, and hydrated faces for nearly 40 years. Under her direction, Sophia?s team uses high-end instruments, such as the Bella BD II-ASP, during microdermabrasion treatments. To help clients keep their faces smooth enough to attract handsome pizza-delivery people, Sophia dispenses products from lines such as Dead Sea Premier, Shira Esthetics, and Dinur.
Sandi Carr-Calderone opened There She Glows! Day Spa with one main goal in mind: give her guests a spa experience to remember. She and a small staff of five massage therapists and aestheticians start the serenity as soon as clients walk in, encouraging them to leave their cares, cellphones, and shrieking imaginary friends at the door. From there, Sandi creates a relaxing experience for individuals or groups in one of four treatment rooms by pampering clients with facials, massages, and body waxing. All of the services take place in a spa lushly decorated with hardwood curio cabinets, flowing greenery, and wall sconces that create a warm ambiance. Those who find themselves not wanting to leave can take a little bit of There She Glows! home with them: the spa sells its own proprietary, botanically-based line of skin care products.
In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal?to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan?certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
It only seems natural for beautician Olivia Foti to own a salon and spa. Her more than 25 years of experience in the beauty industry is nearly upstaged by her long list of specializations, which include hair extensions, artificial nails, and facial waxing. But at her beauty haven, Salon De Solage, Olivia isn?t the only experienced technician. Many members of her team boast anywhere from 10 to 40 years of experience, and can beautify a range of hair textures with precision cuts and foil highlights.
In the salon?a sanctuary of colorfully bottled products enriched by zebra prints, plants, and red chairs?clients can also be found enjoying customized aromatherapy and reflexology massages, or having their digits done up with acrylic tips. Technicians create these tips from CND's SolarNail powders, which allow the nail bed to breathe beneath a hard exterior primed for polish, nail art, or tiny games of chess.