Certified massage practitioner Norma Mercado sends soothing echoes through achy muscles at her own Heavenly Gifts massage studio. In the privacy of a cozy room, clients can request relaxing aromatherapy bodywork with flowing Swedish strokes and essential oils, or firm deep-tissue pressure to alleviate chronic lower-layer pain.
Deep exhalations drift past the wood paneling, cascades of draped fabric, and hillocks of pillows in the treatment rooms at Beauty Essentials Day Spa. When not kneading the backs of clients, the staff takes a holistic approach to health and works to balance the body through energy work and biofeedback sessions. Aestheticians beautify patrons with facials, nail treatments, and waxing before video conferences with business partners and regular phone calls with psychics.
At La Bella Salon, stylists cut hair for both children and adults. They also specialize in more elaborate ‘dos, including wedding-day styles and Brazilian Blowouts, which leave hair sleeker, shinier, and, often, straighter, for up to 12 weeks.
After working in the entertainment industry for outlets such as MGM Studios, Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, and NBC, Sally Cossey opened An Elegant Touch Skincare Salon to beautify clients with custom skincare and makeup treatments. She and her staff of certified aestheticians harness the power of An Elegant Touch, Cellex-C, GloMinerals, and GloTherapeutics products to perform services that range from specialty facials and body waxing to massages and eyelash extensions. They also specialize in same-day beauty packages and bridal treatments.
Aesthetician Susie Roman has been a local force in beauty for more than 30 years, providing Ventura County and Bakersfield with licensed health and beauty services including facials, waxes, massages, and mani-pedis. Roman’s comfortable spa and tanning salon specializes in skin-friendly packages, each accompanied by deep exfoliation and a steam treatment. After clients have been moisturized, deblemished, and completely plucked of feathers, their treatments wrap up with a soothing neck and shoulder massage.