Despite its name, Happy Feet – Massage, Nail & Skincare doesn’t just make feet happy; it makes the whole body grin from ear to ear. Mixing Chinese medicinal herbs with techniques including reflexology and acupressure, the massage center’s therapists help eliminate tension and remove impurities. The centers immerse clients in bright traditional Asian decor, with plush, white beds complemented by red oriental lanterns, red curtains, and decorative art of Confucius jumping for joy after working out a kink in his neck.
Salon du Mei's trained experts beautify clients between walls that support green-and-red rice-paper parasols and underneath ceilings that drip with sheer curtains. In addition to haircuts and color, stylists soften frizzy tendrils with treatments by Brazilian Blowout and Pravana. Inside private massage rooms, therapists release muscle tension and relieve anxiety by gently kneading sinews with soft teddy bears. The team can also wax unwanted fuzz, tint lashes and brows, apply purifying facials, and embellish faces with permanent makeup.
At Angel Baby Nail Parlor, nail technicians do more than just pamper and prettify nails—they keep them healthy, too. Their tools all spend time in an autoclave—a medical-grade sterilization device—and they keep their pedicure basins shiny with EPA-approved solutions that are also good for the environment. A dedication to quality products is also a big deal here, with Gelish polish that keeps nails looking just-manicured for up to three weeks, often causing clients to stop in just to say hi out of habit.
Cofounder Tina Mui-Wong boasts a passion for the beauty industry that spurred her to earn a cosmetology license before completing high school and establish a pair of spas that have thrived for more than 25 years. In a 2010 interview with Pasadena Magazine, Mui-Wong admits to being a "product freak," which is reflected in her role as developer of Amadeus's signature line, T.E.A. The staff and salon has appeared in the film Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, graced television screens on ABC's Extreme Makeover, and exhibited their handiwork on the Rose Bowl queen and her court of chrysanthemum noblesse for two decades.
Amadeus takes pride in its custom massages, and re-trains every nail technician in-house to ensure updated mastery of the hand jive. Guests receive slippers, robes, and complimentary skin consultations upon request, and may pad down the scented hallways after their treatment to decompress in a eucalyptus steam room.
Yolande Carson has her stylistic feet in both the historical and modern world. She graduated from On Set Motion Picture Hair Academy with a focus on wig and period hairstyling. She used those skills to add an air of authenticity to historical films, indies, and music videos—where even a star’s hair can demand its own trailer. Now the owner of Scissors Paper Rock Salon, Yolande draws on her 27 years of professional experience to lead a fleet of deft stylists as they shear and color locks using Enjoy haircare products.
Where the Scissors Paper Rock’s stylists leave off, skilled aesthetician Tatiana Siegfried picks up, perfecting skin with waxing and facials that incorporate custom masks. Before they leave, clients can drop by the salon’s boutique, which stocks purses, jewelry by Zoe Kanemitsu, and vintage dresses.
Inside Ambiance Salon & Day Spa, lavish black leather chairs cocoon forms as stylists flit about crafting new 'dos with products from Goldwell, Joico, and Moroccanoil. Their services include piling hair into dramatic updos, adding color and dimension with highlights, and toning down frizz with Brazilian blowouts.
Past a hallway festooned with white chandeliers, private treatment rooms stand at the ready for the salon's more soothing services. Trigger-point, reflexology, and aromatherapy massages help quiet tightly strung muscles, and ancient cupping techniques boost circulation and decorate the back with handy coasters.