Lily Buckner’s shift to the alternative healing arts was brought on by two life-changing experiences: living in Germany as an au pair and studying with a Peruvian shaman. These experiences gave her a love of the natural world and self-discovery, which she honors through her treatments. During massage-therapy sessions, for instance, she uses organic oils and a compassionate approach to help heal the body, mind, and spirit. Lily also aims to enhance clients’ natural beauty with facial treatments and eyelash extensions.
After 25 years of fine-tuning hands and feet, The Soft Touch Nail Salon continues to soothe clients with attentive service and relaxing nail treatments. For 30 minutes, manicure technicians soak hands in a bubbling basin before buffing and shaping nails into smooth shields. A gentle massage relaxes digit muscles before a coat of shiny polish preps hands for important handshakes or slow-motion high-fives. Feet rest in a spa bath to loosen up cuticle and callus strongholds, followed by a sugar-scrub exfoliation to brush away dead cells and coax out hummingbirds hiding between toes. A metatarsal massage coaxes lower limbs out of rigid right angles before sending polished tootsies back into the world.
As director of The Center for Wellbeing, Tanya Edmonds considers herself more of an innkeeper than a CEO, boss, or princess regent. As an innkeeper, she welcomes clients to her sanctuary of physical and emotional healing and oversees a team of holistic bodywork and energy work experts. Their services range from massage, facials, and acupuncture to nutritional counseling, reiki, and intuitive guidance. The center's boutique stocks bath products and lotions chosen for their natural and balancing benefits.
When manning the helm at Skin Care & Body Work Day Spa, owner and licensed aesthetician Laura Hirsh draws from a wealth of wellness knowledge rooted in the study of herbology, aromatherapy, and alchemy. She emphasizes soothing, natural skincare remedies during spa services and the time she spends working with cancer patients to combat the damaging cosmetic effects of chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting medications on their skin. Hirsh relies on the Only YouRx custom-blended skincare line to perform her menu of skin treatments, as each product comes packed with plant extracts, natural minerals, and the youth-giving tears of an immortal child vampire. Three certified massage therapists practice 12 techniques including pregnancy massage, detox shiatsu, reiki and the signature fassage treatment, which combines full-body Swedish massage with a facial and a back-facial treatment. Before and after these indulgent services, clients can browse a gift boutique lined with skincare products, accessories, jewelry, and handbags from local artists.
The owners of Lunch Salon named their shop after the time of the work day that most everyone looks forward to, using it as inspiration to foster an environment where clients feel free from their everyday demands. Located within a historic home built in 1886, the studio's decor strikes a balance between elegant and retro, decked in black-and-white tile floors and curvy velveteen armchairs. Within these confines, stylists customize their services based on the client's desired outcome and physical features such as face shape, hair texture, and number of heads. They also encourage guests to grab a complimentary beverage—such as coffee, iced tea, or soda—and relax in the outdoor garden before or after their appointment. The staffers extend their interests beyond the studio, contributing to charitable organizations such as Locks of Love and the Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena.:m]]
Wielding products from L’Oréal Professionnel, Pureology, and Kérastase, the licensed stylists at Alec Xander’s Salon & Spa deftly cut and color the hair of male and female clients. Underneath the lofted ceiling, stylists deep-condition dry manes and weave in extensions to add length, volume, and top-shelf-reaching abilities. Additionally, aestheticians clear pores with express facials and nail technicians perch in front of leathery pedicure chairs to dazzle fingers and toes with OPI polish.