La Canada Flintridge, CA
I've been going to Michelle for my facials since I was 26. I am now in my 40's and I am still a client. I get compliments often from patients and friends who think I have great skin. Little do they know that I have very dry skin. My skin always feels fabulous after my facials. With the dry skin, premature wrinkling is a worry. So far, I adon't have this problem.
When I was in my residency, I had referred many of my peers to Michelle. One of my good friends had horrible acne. After 8 weeks of treatment, I think she had treatments every 2 weeks, her acne cleared up. FYI, most treatments for acne can stirred up the acne and exacerbate (worsen) the condition. Since she was not a teen when she had the acne, I am sure that it was the treatment that helped her and not that she outgrew it. She is still a client of Michelle's, and her skin looks great.
I read the previous reviews about the price, the facials are much less expensive than what I had to pay for the Ritz, Amadeus and other places that I have thrown parties for friends and staff. I use to pay about $45 to $50 for my facials, but now I pay $65-$75 ( depending on the volume discount that I prepay) due to the collagen treatment. Unlike the Ritz or the Amadeus, Michelle contours my eyebrows with threading and removes excess facial hair along my temples and along my jawline jaw even though I am now that hairy. The comedone extraction can be painful so brace yourself. Lastly, the firm massage to the face is the best that I have experienced, but it might be too firm for some. It took me a bit to get use to her strokes.
If you decide to go for the facials, allow for lots of time. The facial alone can take more than 1-1/2 hours. You can also have your eyelashes permed at about $25. I had tattooed eyeliners years ago due to my sensitivity to excess tearing from eyeliners, they are still great after 7 years (This was very painful even with topical anesthetic that she used so think twice before you do it). You can also request to have a manicure and pedicure, and now Michelle even has a massage therapist that gives almost a total body massage for about $40 or $45. She just told me about a cellulite treatment. Hm... I 'm a skeptic and believe that weight loss is most effective from diet and exercise, I will most likely not try it.
Unlike the traditional spa facials, Michelle does not massage the neck or arms, and paraffin for the hands are not an option with the facial. The place is not able to accommodate more than 5 clients for facials at a time, therefore parties are out. For the purpose of keeping your skin looking younger and healthier and feeling that you have gotten a great cleaning and moisturizing treatment, I think this is the best place in town.
My only complaint is that the facial takes a bit long, but if you can spare the time, it's worth it. About the hair salon, I had my hair done there, they are okay when it comes to price. The amazing thing is the scalp massage when you have your hair wash. I tried the stylist a few times years ago, the cuts are too trendy and they used a blade to trim the bottom, and I absolutely hated this. I'm too conservative for the trendy style so I stopped going there. After reading the reviews, I might just try them again. I just remember that this salon is pretty good about sticking to the price on the list - unlike my last stylist in Touca Lake who charged me different prices on a whim each time that I was there.
I hope you will enjoy your experience and will not be in a rush. Ask for Michelle, she is the owner, and she is the best. Have fun and stay looking youthful.