Beyond skin deep
Pasadena salons and spas offer an array of ways to enhance a person’s inner and outer beauty
By Sheila Mendes-Coleman 01/23/2014
Author and philosopher Khalil Gibran made a salient point when he wrote “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
With that in mind, Pasadena’s day spas, salons and shops offer goods and services to keep the fire burning within us. More than just skin deep, these salons offer a holistic approach to mind-body wellness and the synergy that connects looking and feeling good.
Bravo Spa (455 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626/577-4777, bravosalon.com) is a gem not to be missed. This full-service salon and spa, run by founder/stylist Monique Garcia-Montano since 2005, offers clients an incredible range of services, such as its own blow-dry lounge, frequent flyer rates, luxurious package deals, salon memberships and a wide selection of color and corrective hair treatments.
Guests can purchase gift cards and book appointments directly from the Web site. The soothing, sophisticated atmosphere inside is welcoming with a décor in cool neutral shades. New brides-to-be will delight in the services offered, such as spray tans, massages, facials and hair and makeup trials. They offer several deals, including engagement, rehearsal day, bridesmaid and flower girl packages. There’s even a special package for the bride or groom’s mother.
Their spa packages give clients an extra incentive to relax and enjoy a day of pampering, with massages starting at around $90 an hour.
Enjoy a rejuvenating and restorative facial and freshen your skin with an exfoliating mask or peel or Power Alpha Peptide Resurfacer. Fight blackheads and acne with their special process designed for sensitive younger skin. For the hands, feet and face, there is the paraffin hand dip, lip/eye treatments and foot rubs in 30-minute increments.
With makeup lessons, lash and brow tinting services, airbrush and special occasion makeup applications and much more, Bravo Salon is a welcome respite from the harsh effects of a fast-paced world. As owner Garcia-Montano puts it, “You and your time are valuable. Your salon visit should be more than just a service; it should be an experience. Find someone who will help bring out that inner person who is stunning, confident and ready to conquer the world when you leave.”
Tangles Salon in Old Pasadena (145 W. Green St., 626/792-2948, tanglespasadena.com), in business for more than 14 years, has been voted “Reader’s Choice” by Pasadena Weekly reader four years in a row, with many clients swearing by the magic they make.
In addition to many popular styles and procedures, Tangles offers the trendy Brazilian Blowout and boasts of an extensive menu of organic products for any hair type. Clients can treat themselves to deep conditioning, weaves (including the mini-weave and the partial-weave), hair extensions, texture perms and even non-surgical hair replacement procedures.
Other services include eyelash extensions and the more curious “eyelash perms,” which can keep lashes curled for up to two months, and relaxers — both traditional and Japanese-style.
Tangles will also provide a complimentary 15-minute wedding consultation to interested brides and grooms.
Kelly Zhang Makeup & Hair Studio (716 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626/710-4266, blog.kellyzhang.com) is a godsend for the hard-to-please, those who infrequently or inexpertly wear makeup, for the bride-to-be, or anyone who just wants to add a little “pop” to their regular makeup routine.
Let Kelly and her eager team of makeup professionals enhance your special occasion with trial makeup sessions, makeup tips and a wide range of facial products for any skin type. Among the services offered are an extensive selection of workshops, including individual or group makeup workshops, do-it-yourself bridal workshops, expectant mother workshops, brush application workshops, and makeup tips for teens and older adults.
Whether in-studio or on location for proms, homecomings, weddings or any special event, Kelly and her punctual and professional team will glam up any group and are adept at finding just the right polished look for women of all ages.
As we find our footing in this New Year, be sure to treat yourself right and enjoy the many sensual and relaxing benefits of proper hair, nail and body care. The stress-relieving and aesthetic benefits are bound to lighten any heart and calm the most restless spirit.