The state-certified aestheticians at Shabby's Skin Kare combine their knowledge of recent developments in skin therapy with Dermalogica products to conduct soothing and effective treatments. Before beginning any of their 10 signature facials, they conduct a complimentary face mapping to determine the most suitable treatments and products. To complement threading and waxing treatments, they oust stress with back-and-neck, hand-and-arm, and scalp massages.
Within Studio Bijoux, Christine Miller stands at her styling station, deftly wielding scissors and haircare products as she revamps head topiary. Music permeates the air, soothing away workday stress and inspiring clients to sing out their aesthetic visions as they sip complimentary coffee or espresso. Christine draws upon Goldwell semipermanent colors to re-hue headscapes, and her training in styles both classic and contemporary help her sculpt a fitting 'do for any face shape and lifestyle. After a clip and rinse, Belmaster hair driers wait to purge strands of excess water in 10 minutes, readying tresses to weigh-in for featherweight boxing matches.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments. The spa at Merle Norman Thousand Oaks also offers detoxifying infrared body wraps that help burn up to 1200 calories in one session. The treatment may help clients lose inches, tighten cellulite, rejuvenate skin, and boost immune response.
Chella Brow Bar?s experts use a keen eye and steady hand to form clients? brows into perfect arches that shape facial features. A coat of wax removes unwanted strands that stray from the perfect brow line. The experts also wax unwanted fuzz on upper lips and cheeks. Other services include facial waxing, lash and brow tinting, and false lash application. Chella Brow Bar also sells its own line of Chella products to beautify brows, lashes, and eyes. To fully refresh faces, clients can rejuvenate the skin during facials.
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At Tutiya Threading, Mojgan—the sole practitioner and owner—draws on 13 years of experience to beautify bodies with ancient threading practices. Mojgan uses 100% cotton thread that is organic, sanitary, and chemical-free to precisely remove hair from a range of areas, including the eyebrows, upper lip, and chin. Unlike tweezing or plucking, threading removes a clean line of hair all at once, which makes it a precise and fast process. Mojgan also offers additional services such as eyebrow tinting, which can add a luscious look to the brows by making them look darker and fuller.
There are many ways the beauty professionals at Studio One Salon draw attention to above-the-shoulder areas. They add length and fullness to hair using 100% Remy human-hair extensions, and add dimension to dos with highlighting services. Their waxing and threading treatments create a clean canvas for professional permanent-makeup applications, which create fuller eyebrows and lips. Regardless of the service, the staff uses products from renowned brands such as Paul Mitchell, Pureology, and Redken, and customizes appointments to the needs of each individual guest.