Angela Lark Landy didn?t learn about sugar compounds in a baking class; rather, she was introduced to them at a skincare convention after years of frustration with shaving and waxing. When a specialist from Alexandria Professional offered Angela a hair removal alternative that would suit her sensitive skin, she jumped at the opportunity, not knowing that it would soon change her life. After gaining her aesthetician?s license and certification as a sugaring practitioner, she opened The Sweetest Skin Co. in Stevenson Ranch to treat clients with sugaring hair removal and other skincare services. When opening a second location, Angela asked another Alexandria Professional-certified aesthetician Andrea Apisa to run the newest The Sweetest Skin Co. in Thousand Oaks.
Using an all-natural Alexandria Professional compound of water, lemon juice, and sugar, Angela and Andrea remove hair from the root while simultaneously nourishing the skin and keeping tattoos from getting dehydrated. In addition to smoothing down bodies with hair removal, they also treat clients with various skincare services such as facials, back exfoliations, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. All of their treatments are powered by professional-grade products from brands such as glo-therapeutics, Alexandria Professional, Bionet, Enspri, and Spa Girl.
The technicians at Sugaring Westlake love to talk about the benefits of removing hair with sugar paste instead of wax. For one thing, sugar paste won't stick to skin--that is, it won't stick to any living skin cells. It does, however, exfoliate the dead ones, leaving skin soft and smooth after clearing away unwanted hair. For another thing, the sugar paste is all-natural, with no harsh chemical ingredients to irritate the skin. Finally, sugar paste, unlike wax and tattoos of oil spills, can be removed with water.
Nearly three decades of experience in the beauty industry has only increased the passion of licensed electrologist Frida Ben-Hanan. "I love my work because I get to make people look beautiful, and, more importantly, feel comfortable within their own skin," she says. Her aesthetic studies have led her to Brazil and Israel, and her passion for electrolysis hair removal eventually expanded to permanent makeup. Keeping clients safe with a bloodborne-pathogens certification, Frida is adept at blending several colors into one natural-looking color for flawless looks on lips, eyes, and eyebrows. She uses digital machinery to fill in the faces of women and men who are allergic to makeup, are constantly on the go, or have lost their hair from alopecia, chemotherapy, or other ailments. She augments her specialties of electrolysis and cosmetic tattooing with waxing, facial treatments, and peels, all performed in welcoming treatment rooms festooned with bright colors, billowing curtains, and animal prints inspired by nature's intricate tattoo work on the cheetah and zebra.
Good skin isn’t just the result of good genetics; it takes maintenance and an occasional pick-me-up. That’s why Cindi Collins treats her clients to Aveda facials that use natural ingredients to boost skin’s glow while improving skin tone and repairing the effects of bobbing for apples in a vat of olive oil. Though these natural ingredients can balance out oily patches and add moisture to winter-weary skin, Collins maintains a retinue of tougher treatments that can renew complexions in need of more care. Her microdermabrasion treatments use real diamonds to buff away rough, line-marked outer layers of skin, and her chemical peels lighten signs of hyperpigmentation and pores. When not treating skin, Collins spends her days waxing away unwanted hair from both bodies and faces and adding eyelash extensions for a touch of glamour.
Just like its namesake, the interior of Charm Beauty Salon glows golden. With an updated-yet-retro feel, modular couches sit opposite of styling stations separated by tall pillars, where stylists smooth locks with Brazilian blowouts and shear new 'dos via exacting snips. Tucked away in private rooms, aestheticians de-fuzz physiques with a range of waxing services, from eyebrows to stubborn thigh-brows. Meanwhile, using products from Yonka and G.M. Collin, hydrating and exfoliating facials leave mugs fresh and smooth.
DeeDee Heidarian, once named "Most Merciful Bikini Waxer" by Marie Claire magazine, brings more than 20 years of aesthetics experience to her hair-removal, body, and beauty treatments. Television reporters, Hollywood stuntwomen, and Cousin Itt impersonators alike trust her deft hands to depilate their stubbly parts or rejuvenate their skin with products by Jan Marini, Yon-ka, Dermalogica, and Jane Iredale.