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]]
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.
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.
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.
More than 25 years ago, Kundan Sabarwal opened the doors of a modest 400-square-foot skincare spa in New Delhi, working diligently to gently and efficiently eradicate her clients' unwanted body hair through a blend of ancient techniques and modern indulgences. With a bit of hard-earned success, Ziba Beauty hopped the pond, eventually expanding to 17 locations in two U.S. states. Each studio embraces American style while retaining its overseas roots, amplifying faces and bodies with traditional Indian cosmetic adornment and hair removal. By rolling small loops of cotton thread over brows and other facial areas, threading specialists can remove pesky fuzz without harming the skin or skipping over fine hairs. For more sizeable zones, Sumita Wax, which was developed in India exclusively for Ziba Beauty, quickly sends errant hairs packing on the face and body. Artistic hands ink bodies with the ornate semipermanent designs of traditional mehndi, or cloak clients in sparkle with intricate art in a choice of 32 glitter mehndi colors and shimmering crystals, readying skin for special events better than a full-body tuxedo tattoo.
In partnership with Aveda, 1st Avenue Salon rolls out a fleet of services in the form of haircuts, color, bridal up-dos, and straightening treatments. An experienced team of mane masters consults each client before rearranging coiffures to match moods or backyard topiaries, and each team member soaks up weekly education seminars on the latest coloring techniques. A hotspot for handpicked products from renowned beauty brands such as Dermalogica and Moroccanoil, the beauty emporium also soothes epidermises with facials and body treatments that combine massage movements and detoxifying techniques to instill clients with a glow previously only achieved by standing in front of an open refrigerator.