As a nurse working in intensive care, Antonette "Toni" Dardeno, an RN and certified medical laser safety officer who was a contributing author in CMLSOs' Best Practices in Medical Laser Safety, saw firsthand how advanced medical equipment could change lives. It wasn’t until her personal experience with a dermatologist, however, that she understood the effects lasers could have on the skin. Though this experience became the catalyst for her interest in skincare and medical-grade lasers, it was her passion to help others that led her to establish Laser Enhanced Therapies.
At this laser-centric med spa, Toni and medical adviser Dr. Elliot Lach treat patients with two types of advanced Candela lasers designed to effectively eliminate unwanted hair and leg veins and firm aging skin on a variety of epidermal types. A trained laser technician or nurse reaches for the GentleLase 755 system for pale complexions, while employing GentleYAG 1064 system for those with a darker skin tone. In addition to laser treatments, Toni and crew also clear complexions with facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, which they enhance with paraben-free MyChelle Dermaceuticals, IMAGE, and Aubrey Organics products.
"All women are beautiful," says Amis Saab, owner of Amaci Salon. His goal is to enhance this natural beauty with treatments designed to make hair shine and skin glow. Drawing on professional salon products from Aquage, Pureology, and Redken, Saab and his talented staff of stylists correct split ends and add new dimension to ‘dos with designer cuts and vibrant highlights. Alternatively, waxing and threading services remove hair that has overstayed its welcome on the face and body, and makeup applications help one stand out in a room crowded with one’s clones. The contemporary looks that Saab brings to his clients overflow into his salon, where black leather couches accent white walls and modern salon chairs check out their reflections in thick-framed mirrors.
Owners Chad and Amy Dahmn and the ace salon and spa specialists at Escape Luxury Salon & Day Spa have built up an impressive list of services aimed at relaxing and beautifying clients. Personnel sit down with patrons to determine which treatments best suit their needs, from hairstyling and highlighting to nail enhancement, exfoliating facials, or muscle-soothing massages. During treatments, they use high-quality products from brands such as Epicuren and OPI, which are available for purchase. The salon’s view of a nearby harbor, the Ventura mountains, and hiking hypnotists ruffling leaf piles into heart shapes contributes to the serene air that permeates the space.
Stylist Jerel DeFrancesco believes that the idea haircut should reflect your facial features, not the latest trends. That's the philosophy he and his fellow beauty experts follow at Jerel @ 119 Hair Studio, a full service salon specializing in natural, flattering looks. Here, the team supplements haircuts with conditioners, straightening treatments, and nourishing oils that promote hair's health and shine. They also specialize in color, providing all-over tints or dimensional highlights. The salon's space is as timelessly chic as the services it provides—chocolate brown walls and a decorative fireplace create a warm, welcoming environment.
An air of refinement and sophistication radiates from Impulse Hair Salon’s sun-drenched interior where billowy curtains hang above sleek, wood floors and against garden-green walls. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflect a row of black styling chairs, which swivel and rise at the hands of talented hairstylists who wield products by Moroccanoil, Joico, and Big Sexy Hair to cut, color, and style locks. A secluded room shelters aestheticians who free bodies from itchy stubble using warm wax, tailor pampering facials to individual skin concerns, and transform exteriors into perfectly bronzed façades using UVA- and UVB-free tanning serums.
Many an aesthetic problem has yielded to Norma Cataldo, the clinical director of Cosmetic Laser Solutions. She has been fixing dermal flaws with noninvasive beams of light for more than 10 years, remedying conditions such as wrinkles, sun spots, cellulite, and spider veins.
At the clinic, she is supported by Dr. Patrick Marasco, a board-certified plastic surgeon. With their combined skills, they are able to treat patients to more invasive procedures in their in-office surgical suite as well as lively harmonies over the intercom system.