Though threading has been among Asia’s most popular depilation methods for thousands of years, it only recently made its way onto the service menus of Western spas. The ancient practice has shown signs of becoming more of a spa mainstay, however, thanks to an eco-friendly process that also manages to stay on good terms with sensitive skin.
For evidence of threading’s rapidly expanding popularity, one need not look further than Brow Shapes' Eastern-inspired treatment menu. When not sculpting brows into precise arches, the spa’s artists rely on their attention to detail to draw henna tattoos that depict flowery swirls, geometric patterns, or extremely detailed public-transit maps. The spa also features a variety of facial massages, each of which can be customized to relieve pain, aid in relaxation, and improve skin tone.
Situated in a historic neighborhood under the shadow of Sequoia National Park, Liza's Day Spa steeps the senses in tranquility with essential-oil aromas, Asian-inspired décor, and the sounds of burbling water. Skilled massage therapists mend tense backs with modalities ranging from Swedish and deep tissue to shiatsu and craniosacral, each helping to eradicate tension, chronic pain, and ill feelings toward mouthy shoulder blades. In a bath of warm, polished stones, patrons wiggle digits to prep them for the gentle shaping and polishing of hot-stone mani-pedis, and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion and custom facials help exfoliate and hydrate the skin.
The team at Ts3 Lash & Skin Lounge specializes in eyelash extensions and enhancements to leave clients looking their best. Salon owner and certified lash specialist Suzy Renteria applies Xtreme Lash extensions to lids, upping the drama of everyday glances. In addition to their staple lash services, Ts3 also treats skin to clarifying facials and peels, waxes away unwanted fuzz, and creates sleek dos with blowout services.
At Ca Looks, stylists adhere to the approaches developed by lines such as Wella Professionals USA, attending at least three in-salon classes and two industry shows each year. Calling on these skills, they start each appointment with a consult and personalized hair-product recommendations, so clients can re-create new looks at home, on vacation, or midrodeo.
The therapists at Visalia Bodyworks customize every massage they perform. Rather than sticking to the template of an exotically named modality or style, they listen to clients' concerns and set to work relaxing tensions and easing aches with a variety of tailored strokes. During each session—which can last from 30 to 90 minutes—the therapists apply professional-quality hypoallergenic lotions and creams.
At Gloria's Massage & Beauty Spa, massage therapist Gloria Rodriguez alleviates aches and washes away stress with ten types of massage. Gearing her treatment toward each individual's needs, her specialties include Swedish, therapeutic, bamboo massage, aromatherapy, pregnancy, cupping, sports (stretching/range of motion), reflexology, deep tissue, and hara.