For mother-and-daughter team Pamela and Teal, beauty is a family tradition. Pamela—an aesthetician, shiatsu therapist, and makeup artist—has taught skincare seminars around the world, mentoring many successful makeup artists and working with celebs such as Eric Roberts, Beau Bridges, and Stacy Keach. Teal—an on-location makeup artist influenced by both her mother's experience and her uncle's work for film and TV—has freshened many famous faces herself in her more-than-10-year career. Working on numerous films, music videos, and fashion shows, she found herself enhancing the features of Shannon Elizabeth, Salma Hayek, and Christina Ricci, among others, and her work has been featured in the print work of famous photographers such as Michel Comte and Jamais Vu.
Together with a team of licensed aestheticians, mom and daughter embrace an approach that blends natural and organic products with cutting-edge services, including LED light therapy, microdermabrasion, and Intraceuticals oxygen-infusion treatments. The spa's own eco-friendly brand of organic skincare products includes apothecary-style blended masks, firming gels, and moisturizers worthy of nourishing celebrity visages or their wax-based likenesses. And, to nourish the environment, all products are packaged in recycled plastic containers featuring labels printed with soy ink.
Though they don't serve food, the professionals at Healing Arts Massage & Wellness Center do oversee a buffet. Their Massage My Way package lets clients pick from a menu of enticing modalities and add-ons, including aromatic essential oils, warm stones, and hot towels. This muscle-sating feast functions as just one draw to the relaxation haven, where practitioners believe that massages should be a recurring investment. To help encourage repeat visits, they've also created special services such as the Island Escape, a tropical-themed treatment that adds mango-scented oil, coconut-lime foot-massage butter, and a scalp massage to Swedish or deep-tissue kneads. Visitors can even pose for a custom airbrush spray tan to complete their beachy, stress-relieving session.
Of course, guests can also elect to keep appointments simple with a single modality. In addition to classic massage styles, the calming techniques of craniosacral therapy and the pinpointed pressures of reflexology alleviate the body's more focused tensions. Licensed acupuncturist Robin Kohler often pairs her trade with massage appointments, striving to correct energy imbalances within each physique.
The center has fostered restfulness for more than 20 years and exclusively employs licensed massage therapists rather than relying on students or friends who give very encouraging back pats. Situated a mere three blocks from the ocean, its locale mirrors the serene atmosphere behind its doors.
Owner, stylist, and 22-year industry veteran Ray Caballero helms Casa R. Caballero Salon, Spa & Boutique with an eye for style and a preference for experienced team members. Ray's styling chairs are flanked by numerous beauty and wellness experts, including stylist 25-year veteran stylist Yolie Kelly, 15-year veteran massage therapist and master aesthetician Stacy Glass and 10-year veteran nail tech Mickie Trieu. Leveraging products from Lanza Healing Haircare, Pravana, Redken OPI, and Essie, team members assist clients in achieving their aesthetic aspirations with salon and spa services ranging from waxing to feather extensions to facials. They also keep the door open until as late as 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to accommodate those who work, sleep, or sleepwork during the day.
From shampoos infused with extracts of white truffle to soaps imported from Italy and Sweden, you'll find things at Beauty Company you probably won't find anywhere else. That's thanks to the founder's background: on a sabbatical from her freelance aesthetics career, Sherri Ziesche found herself in salons and apothecaries the world over. Inspired by their unfamiliar approaches, she brought back ideas—and products—with which to start her own salon. The result is an all-encompassing aesthetics mecca that lines its retail shelves with finds from around the globe. Housed in a former bank, Ziesche kept the place's hefty steel door, opting to fill the vault not with cash but with waxing pros who carefully banish hair from brows, lips, and bikini zones. Upstairs, tanning services of both the spray and UV variety grant clients with sun-kissed hues. And of course, there's the salon, which takes full advantage of the style experiences and souvenirs Ziesche brought back from her travels—including a blowout that Modern Luxury called "washboard-straight."
Face It Salon, Spa & Clothing Boutique specializes in transformations. And the expert stylists, aestheticians, and fashionistas who staff the beauty haven have all of the bases covered. Guests can enter with split ends or uncoordinated outfits—then leave gala-ready. The stylists at the salon cut and style hair, performing popular services such as ombre highlights, chemical relaxing, and hair counting. On the spa side, guests can relax in the confident hands of under the brushes of an expert makeup artist.
Aesthetician Lynne Merriam applies her passion for skin care to bolstering clients' beauty and confidence. She improves skin's tone and quality with facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and body wraps. Waxing services are also available.