Before Bessy Lim had her first facial, her life was a succession of stressful, 12-hour shifts. Her first spa experience awakened a latent desire: she wanted to help others find the relaxation she had forgone for so long. With that, she left her stressful career, earned a number of spa certifications, traveled abroad to learn the various therapeutic techniques and ways to pronounce "microdermabrasion" of spas overseas, and finally opened Agua De Vida. There, a corps of certified and licensed massage therapists team up with the spa specialist to mend tense muscles with massage, swaddle bodies in wraps, purify pores with facials, and primp hands and feet with nail services.
Paul Mitchell The School - Pasadena offers its students 6,000 square feet of learning. Experienced instructors guide students through every snip, curl, and highlight as they hone their skills sculpting new hairstyles. In addition to styling services, the school offers facials, body waxing, and makeup applications, so clients can look good for daytime jaunts, evening outings, and dates with their pillows.
Licensed aesthetician Juana Martinez buffs careworn visages with 60-minute private microdermabrasion treatments at Stewart Medical Group. During each treatment, Martinez gently sands epidermises with a minimally abrasive instrument that removes the thick, uneven layer of outer skin, minimizing light scars and uneven pigment caused by sun damage and semi-permanent clown makeup. The treatment also helps collagen levels to find renewed vigor, leading to smooth, even, and younger-looking complexions. Anesthetic is not used during this noninvasive procedure, as most patients report little discomfort and require no downtime.
The aestheticians of Slim Beauty Center believe in the power of feeling good in your own skin. To that end, they offer a variety of treatments to beautify the face and body, fusing both Western innovations and ancient Chinese medical philosophies. The facial treatments, for example, range from diamond microdermabrasion to luxurious caviar facials. Body treatments focus on creating slimming sillouettes with treatments such as ultrasonic liposuction and relaxing the entire body with volcanic-hot-stone therapy.
GlamMe Beauty Studio’s team travel to homes, places of work, and dentists’ offices to pamper clients. They also work at 11 salons in LA and surrounding areas. Stylists cut hair, magically grow hair with extensions, and embellish strands with semipermanent color and highlights. They also beautify nails during mani-pedis, wax away fuzz on faces, and add drama to peepers with eyelash extensions.
Inside Ambiance Salon & Day Spa, lavish black leather chairs cocoon forms as stylists flit about crafting new 'dos with products from Goldwell, Joico, and Moroccanoil. Their services include piling hair into dramatic updos, adding color and dimension with highlights, and toning down frizz with Brazilian blowouts.
Past a hallway festooned with white chandeliers, private treatment rooms stand at the ready for the salon's more soothing services. Trigger-point, reflexology, and aromatherapy massages help quiet tightly strung muscles, and ancient cupping techniques boost circulation and decorate the back with handy coasters.