Growing up, Maria Garcia watched many of her family members deal with skin imperfections. Seeing their frustration rise and self-esteem drop, Maria turned to a life of aesthetics, which led her to attend and graduate from Federico Beauty Institute in 2005. Now, from within a private treatment room at Flirt Salon & Spa—a J Beverly Hills concept salon decorated with artwork from local artist David Gully—Maria deep cleans epidermises during custom spa facials and exfoliates the skin with microdermabrasion sessions. Maria also waxes away hair on both women and men using techniques that result in minimal pain and absolutely no logical inconsistencies with the DC Comics universe.
When Sonia Lucas opened the first Mellow Me Out in 2000, it was in a cramped, 1,000-square-foot studio with a broom closet for a break room and no washer or dryer. Since those humble beginnings, Mellow Me Out has grown to encompass two luxurious, fully equipped spas, including a downtown location hemmed into a business high-rise. Their new location on Arden Way near Watt Avenue features amenities such as a Mermaid Room with saltwater fish and a Jungle Room which is adorned with a safari tent. At both locations, Mellow Me Out's team of aestheticians delivers skin, hair, nail, and massage services that earned the business recognition as the Best Day Spa by Sacramento News & Review in 2011.
Cristaleyesation at PJF Salon specializes in creative nail design including 3-D nail art and custom photo printing. Guests are seated in neon-pink chairs shaped like hands where they can browse an extensive selection of nail charms, polish, and images to embellish their digits. Hard-to-find photos, such as a picture of a beloved pet or an unflattering snapshot of Sylvester Stallone, can also be transferred onto nails if brought in on a disk or flash drive. In addition to nail art, Cristaleyesation's aesthetic professionals perform eyelash extensions, waxing services, and massages. They also offer customers a selection of gifts, jewelry, and Japanese snack food.
Genna Peterson takes the helm of her own salon chair inside Donna Mae, which itself is inside Sola Studios. Within her cozy nook, she crafts sleek haircuts by detaching split ends and adding any desired layers. She also colors hair to best complement your skin tone and irons out frizz with Brazilian blowouts.
Lioness Spa & Lashes is a place where people can update their look. Whether that’s through 3D nail art, eyelash extensions, or ear piercing is up to the individual client. Along with these services, the spa provides acrylic nails, spa pedicures, facials, and peels. They also offer microdermabrasions that can turn back time on faces, leaving them bright and youthful like a phosphorescent newborn.
The “ME” in Skin by ME’s name is an acronym for the first names of owners Michelle Chavez and Elisha Basquez. But free consultations, client education, and lavish skincare treatments hint at a second meaning—you, the client. Michelle and Elisha, licensed aestheticians, aim to improve the epidermal health of their guests as well as educate and pamper them. They use Dermalogica and DermaQuest products during treatments such as the signature ME facial, a one-hour regimen that includes a double cleanse and mask and ends with a neck-and-shoulder massage. Michelle and Elisha send clients off with more than just radiant faces; the aestheticians conclude their free consultations with written results of the skin analyses, and they cap off treatments with at-home care tips, product recommendations, and advice on how to wash your face with your mind.
At Dollhouse Salon, owner Tia Williams and her team transform looks with innovative, custom treatments. In addition to adding peekaboo or ombre highlights and smoothing out frizz with texturizing services, the stylists lengthen locks by sewing or clipping in Micro Links, fusion, or So.Cap. hair extensions. Despite the recall of platinum-dipped hair gel, staffers can add eye-popping elements to scalps in the form of hair bling or feathers.