In Japanese, “shizen” means “nature,” an entity that owner Yumi Youn strives to channel every day through relaxing and meditative qualities in each of her services. As owner of Spa Shizen, she wears many hats, performing skincare, hair, and waxing services for her loyal clientele. One of her specialties is applying eyelash extensions, which she meticulously affixes one lash at a time using Eyelash Lab synthetic lashes. Yumi also offers classes to teach students tricks of the trade, such as creating a natural-looking brow arch and mixing a personalized skincare mask using only shredded Halloween masks.
Attentive staff, minimalist furnishings, and open, uncluttered spaces place the focus on each client's needs at this chic Aveda concept salon. A 60-minute elemental nature facial begins with a consultation to address skin concerns with a choicely worded letter. Next, a customized selection of products goes to work to make your glower glow. A gentle exfoliation scrubs away skin's epi-most dermis, leaving a clean, fresh layer of skin that hasn't been seen by the naked eye since you were 3. Then, moisturizers hydrate thirsty cells, avoiding the crispy edges of the oily-dry spectrum in favor of a pleasantly neutral spot in between. After 60 minutes of face time, your aesthetician will move to its ancillaries with a 15-minute, chakra-balancing massage. Expert fingers realign wandering chakras—energy centers in the body— with the help of a balancing blend of aromas, then a deep tissue massage of the back and spinal muscles matches inner balance with outer balance. Unlike the time you got stranded on an interstate island, leave prepared for any challenge your face might face with $20 worth of Aveda skincare products.
Angela Lark Landy didn?t learn about sugar compounds in a baking class; rather, she was introduced to them at a skincare convention after years of frustration with shaving and waxing. When a specialist from Alexandria Professional offered Angela a hair removal alternative that would suit her sensitive skin, she jumped at the opportunity, not knowing that it would soon change her life. After gaining her aesthetician?s license and certification as a sugaring practitioner, she opened The Sweetest Skin Co. in Stevenson Ranch to treat clients with sugaring hair removal and other skincare services. When opening a second location, Angela asked another Alexandria Professional-certified aesthetician Andrea Apisa to run the newest The Sweetest Skin Co. in Thousand Oaks.
Using an all-natural Alexandria Professional compound of water, lemon juice, and sugar, Angela and Andrea remove hair from the root while simultaneously nourishing the skin and keeping tattoos from getting dehydrated. In addition to smoothing down bodies with hair removal, they also treat clients with various skincare services such as facials, back exfoliations, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. All of their treatments are powered by professional-grade products from brands such as glo-therapeutics, Alexandria Professional, Bionet, Enspri, and Spa Girl.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I am a licensed esthetician who has a passion for helping you find your perfect skin. SkinScriptRX products will amaze you and your skin.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I felt I could do more for my clients if I could research and choose the perfect product line; and I know I have found it. I love seeing the improvement I can create with my clients' skin.
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting new people. My clients become friends. And the bonus is I create healthy skin for each of them.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
A client said my facial was "dreamy and relaxing." She said she would definitely be returning.
Vidal Sassoon–trained hairstylist Samantha Jean stays on top of her game by attending webinars and classes to learn about the latest hair trends and products. She brings those lessons back to her styling chair at Tribute Beauty Lounge, where she transforms tresses with chic cuts, Brazilian blowouts, and hair extensions. Her speciality, however, is color, which includes everything from accent highlights and natural-looking blond hues to magenta ombre color and multicolored highlights that span the rainbow's spectrum.