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.
After earning a degree in business administration and landing a job at a Fortune 500 company, Elena Morelli still wasn't satisfied. She couldn't shake the feeling that her true career lay elsewhere?a calming place, where people could relax and indulge. So, she left her job to become a spa director and skincare therapist. And after seven years of that, she put her business administration degree to good use: she bought the spa.
Today, Elena and her fellow therapists address skin concerns with everything from chemical peels to oxygenating serums. For their signature glo facial, they combine products from Glo Therapeutics to create a customized treatment based on the client's skin. Their other facials target a wide variety of specific conditions, such as rosacea?the rose petal rosacea facial incorporates licorice, green tea, rose, and seaweed, much like a good bag of jelly beans. Clients can also schedule a massage or bodywork session, which alleviate tension in the muscles and help accelerate the body's natural healing processes.
To Dana Conrado, skincare is a universal language. Her nearly two-decades-long career has encompassed international training in both London and Canada, as well as a stint spent doing freelance make-up for a Japanese company. Along the way, she picked up certifications in multiple services—acne and rosacea treatments, microdermabrasion, and RejuvaLight therapy, to name a few—and established rapport with many dermatologists and plastic surgeons while undergoing training in medical-grade skincare and chemical peels.
Upon opening Cezanne Skin Group in 1996, she became one of the first on the West Coast to offer sugaring, a kind of hair removal that uses natural and organic ingredients in place of hot wax strips or repurposed bumper stickers. Together with aesthetician Amanda Ward, Dana transforms appearances and enhances relaxation through massage services, body wraps, and facials, often blending in high-quality restoratives from brands such as Dermalogica and Pevonia Botanica.
When it comes to beauty, Luxe Hair Lounge and Day Spa covers all of its bases with an expert for almost every aspect of the body?s appearance. The salon?s stylists, for example, revitalize scalps with precision haircuts and treatments that add volume and texture to wilting strands. Not to be outdone, the spa?s aestheticians smooth away wrinkles with beauty injections and oversee a tanning bed that imbues skin with shades of bronze. There?s a reason all of these services exist under one roof. Luxe?s one-stop beauty emporium saves clients time that would otherwise be spent running from salon to massage studio or tediously melting a wax candle over all of their hairy body parts.
The skincare professionals at La Dene Studio tackle blemishes and sagging skin with treatments that incorporate both natural ingredients and technology-based approaches. Depending on a client’s skin type and concerns, the experts might recommend a facial with botanic components such as seaweed, papaya enzymes, or vitamin C, or they might target sun damage with a glycolic-acid peel. Other intense treatments range from the deep exfoliation of microdermabrasion to microcurrent and ultrasonic facials, which both diminish fine lines. In addition, the studio’s aestheticians wax away the hair that collects on the body while wrestling with a bear during its shedding time.
It might be more accurate to call Todd Buckley and Sara Tittle the artistic directors rather than the owners of Mosaic Salon?he recruits promising stylists and she trains them in the methods of Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, and other top industry names. They then put the best stylists on the salon floor, arming them with products from K?rastase and Bumble and bumble, professional styling tools, and shears forged by long-haired artisan blacksmiths. In addition to providing hair services, Mosaic's team refines the rest of clients? images with face and body treatments using SkinCeuticals and Dermalogica skincare products.