How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
A trio of aestheticians helms The Regimen, where they personally pamper clients with an array of treatments while sharing a philosophy of consistency, education, and visible results. The cosmetically savvy triumvirate wields equipment such as DermaSweep, a vacuum pump that gently exfoliates skin, to enhance youthful appearances. Similarly, Endermologie delivers a deep-tissue massage to increase blood flow and boost movement and synchronized dance routines in the lymphatic system. After viewing before-and-after digital photos snapped by the accommodating staff, clients come away from treatments with proof of the effects.
Kristi Clifford is not only experienced in attaching lash extensions but also certified. She draws on her training to individually attach faux-mink lashes to natural fringe, adding length and fullness for more dramatic eyes. The extensions last up to one month and are said to be lighter than synthetic lashes and more natural looking, which is important for blending in with the humans.
Kristi enhances eyes inside Indulge Salon, where she works with stylists and skincare specialists who cut and color hair or reduce fine lines with vitamin C facials. After beautifying clients, the staff sends them to the salon’s boutique, which is stocked with a collection of accessories, jewelry, and handbags.
It looks so simple: a length of twisted cotton glides across the face, grazing the upper lip, eyebrows, and hairline. This is threading, an ancient hair-removal art with roots in India and the Middle East. Masters of this art, M&M Thread Salon’s staff members quickly ensnare bristles in their threads, creating lines as sharp and clean as the battle ax that chops soap into bar form. The treatment is particularly beneficial for people with sensitive skin, as it uproots hair without chemicals or harmful products. The salon also performs waxing and facials.
Since opening its doors, LaserAway has accumulated 18 California locations and the patronage of celebrities such as the Kardashian clan. At different settings, the clinic's state-of-the-art lasers can treat signs of sun damage, tattoos, body hair, and glued-on glam-rock wigs with comfort and efficiency. The clinic's medical professionals are all fully licensed to administer laser pulses, and fully glad to educate clients on the intricacies of skincare.
You can tell you're in Salon L by the overlapping Ls on the wall—one in serif font, and one in flourishing cursive. Then again, you might also recognize the salon by the presence of its owner, Lisha Lievore. A local stylist for more than 15 years, Lisha specializes in multidimensional color and Vidal Sassoon's hair cutting techniques. Salon L has an onsite aesthetician who can wax away unwanted stubble, or brighten complexions with an array of facials, rather than by flustering customers until their blush sticks permanently.