Quilted stools standing before curved mirrors, plush curtains cordoning off treatment rooms, all lend an air of 1940s glam to Lashfully's eyelash salon. The lash artists ? at this highly praised salon ? work to lend their clients the same glamorous air, with lush synthetic mink eyelash extensions to enhance their eyes. Co-owner and head artist Liv Contreras trains each artist herself to artfully customize each client's lash extensions from a selection of 100 styles, differing in length, thickness, or curvature. Just like a middle school couple, natural lash and extension stay together for two to four weeks, until the native lash grows out naturally. Because of this, touchups are recommended every few weeks.
Technicians use low-level lasers to help hair grow and to tone complexions. One-hour hair-restoration treatments are typically pain-free and devoid of the odor and sound that accompany similar treatments, such as super-gluing a live yeti onto one's scalp. Laser beams stimulate follicles effectively regardless of the patient's age, gender, or ethnicity, and patients are usually so comfortable that they read during the treatment. Also typically painless is the treatment known as Awaken Skin Therapy, which encourages cells to regenerate while it stimulates circulation. The result is skin that's free from fine lines and more elastic.
Knowing that each of her treatments is a reflection of her abilities, Dana Hritz, Walnut Creek Skin Care’s lead aesthetician, devotes herself to excellence. Hritz studied cosmetics at a private school in Germany, and then explored the medical aspect of her field by attending nursing school. Later, she cut her teeth at a number of salons in California. After repairing her own teeth, she opened Walnut Creek Skin Care and dedicated herself to administering services such as facials and glycolic peels.
At The Lash Studio, owner and aesthetician Julaine Moore zeroes in on one service: giving her clients supremely lush lashes. She applies eyelash extensions one by one to guests' natural lashes, using an adhesive that's strong yet safe?like a great white shark with a heart of gold. The result: long, thick, natural-looking lashes that obviate the need for mascara, saving women a step in their beauty regimens. The extensions fall out naturally when their native partners do, so a touchup appointment every few weeks will keep lashes looking plush.
A cast of independent stylists and aestheticians work amid the vibrant purple walls and red accents at pHyxx Salon. Some man their own styling stations, where they ribbon locks with luminous highlights, snip split ends, and combat frizz and curl with the Keratin smoothing treatment. Others, like Ashley, invite clients into serene and private spa rooms. There, the skin specialists cleanse and exfoliate guests during relaxing facials?fit for men, women, and clay busts?or strip away unwanted hair using nothing but warm wax and muslin strips.