Not many people would think to perm their eyelashes or slather their faces in caviar to fight signs of aging, but the aestheticians at Beauty Queen help their clients do just that. With more than 10 types of facials, they perform everything from diamond peels to airbrushing skin with a blend of oxygen and anti-aging serum. Though the staff often takes a modern approach, many of their services are still rooted in beauty tradition. They can apply makeup for special occasions or groom nails in express treatments that fly by with the speed of Alex Trebek's beautiful, beautiful mind.
Mia Cosmetics’ experienced aesthetician Maria L. Earnshaw pampers and swaddles soul sacks with a bevy of relaxing spa services. A body-slimming wrap (a $50 value) encases the outermost organ in a solution blended with all-natural American herbs and aloe, which dives through pores in the skin to help dissipate toxins lurking in fat cells. When the client drinks water during the following three days, the body’s lymphatic system may flush out the toxins, which can cause a reduction in the fat cells' size, appearance, and self-esteem.
Bellezza Day Spa's specialists evict freeloading tension and impurities with signature spa treatments including facials, waxing, massages, and manicures. Knowledgeable hands slow dance across weary backs during muscle-kneading massage sessions to improve circulation and invoke relaxation. Specialized facials infuse natural facemasks with a variety of cleansing and nourishing treatments including steam extractions and organic, paraben-free products. Nail treatments enhance the health and appearance of back scratchers and often conclude with hot-lavender-oil massages. Diligent depilators uproot unwanted skin sprouts with hard and soft waxes, which make it easy to shape forehead-dwelling caterpillars into beautiful arches.
At Salon Mia Bella, a highly trained staff of master stylists renovate tresses with services harnessing products by brands such as Tigi and Wella. Strands float to the ground, liberated by shears in chic trims, and with a few quick flicks of the wrist, wax removes fuzz from lips, eyebrows, and dryer-lint thieves. As patrons twirl in sleek, black leather styling seats beneath potted plants, stylists also ready them for weddings and other formal events with updo and makeup services.
In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
Victoria Nail Spa's experienced nail technicians touch up fingers and toes by pampering them during relaxing manicures and pedicures. During the manicure, a buffer polishes nails, and a file shapes them into various forms, creating a well-maintained, uniform appearance or turning hands into multi-functional Swiss army knives. A splash of polish coats finger shields to protect them and add flash to exaggerated hand gestures. The deluxe pedicure coddles body bases in a relaxing treatment that includes toe time under a hot towel. A scrub exfoliates feet, removing dead skin cells and stains left over from games of kick the can of fruit punch, and a mud mask smothers tootsies in luxury and ensures that feet are camouflaged when traipsing through puddles.