The door to Bakerloo Salon and Gallery is always open, welcoming in fresh breezes and allowing the salon's pooch—a Boston Terrier named Dahlia—to sneak out and snooze in patches of sun. Inside the laid-back space, clients sip wine, coffee, or tea while stylists call upon advanced training by Toni&Guy and Vidal Sassoon to spice up hair with vibrant color or fresh new cuts. Each station stands stocked with shampoos and styling creams by ALFAPARF Milano, Schwarzkopf, and Unite Eurotherapy––a paraben- and sulfate-free, PETA-approved line that is never tested on animals or sharkskin suits.
Named a reader's choice salon by the North County Times in 2010, the space insists upon celebrating and welcoming the community. A rotating gallery displays work by local artists and hosts regular fashion and art shows, and the backyard invites patrons to peruse a selection of antiques available for purchase.
In 2001, the first iTAN Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal?to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 30 Southern California franchises, each offering a slightly different assortment of teeth whitening, tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and self-serve spa offerings.
The Smart Tan?certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays, and self-administered spa treatments dispense relaxing red-light facials, infrared-heat bodywraps, and aqua massages.
Guests with a taste for refinement find it the moment they step into Champagne Skin Lounge and find themselves bathed in the glow of a shimmering chandelier. But it's aesthetician Nicole Torres, Jennifer and Rebecca who cements the classy experience?she personalizes each waxing, facial, and massage service to ensure her clients get the royal treatment they crave. She custom-blends her facials from natural ingredients, mixing in professional h2t and Dermodality formulas to combat ailments such as acne, pigmentation, and fine lines, though her pumpkin peel can tackle all three problems, infusing pores with restorative nutrients that elicit admiring whistles from jack-o'-lanterns. While the services may feel luxurious, Peters works hard to ensure her spa remains welcoming and unpretentious, making it accessible to even the shyest clients who swing by for the shop's specialty Brazilian waxes.
Tan By the Sea in Carlsbad and Deep Tan & Spa in Encinitas keep skin bronzed seven days a week, regardless of the season. To deliver the sun-kissed look of Apollo's cheekbones, the facilities offer tanning beds?which range in intensity from the introductory Sunrise 3500 to the lamp-riddled European high-pressure TurboPower 25000s?as well as VersaSpa chambers that provide summer-worthy fa?ades without the stern gaze of UV rays, misting clients from head to chakra with clear or bronzing solution in as little as 60 seconds. Decorating the salons are swimsuits, sandals by Havaianas, and products by Designer Skin, Hempz, and Australian Gold. In addition to tanning specialists, the spas' teams include aestheticians as well as technicians who can brighten pearly whites with dental-grade treatments.
Cool sea breezes flit through the renovated manes of every client that steps out of Glance Beautique, a hip yet casual salon located blocks from the seashore. Inside the Carlsbad salon, Owner Alisa and her team of specialists breathe life into each client?s look, harnessing knowledge gleaned from years of experience and continued-education courses. They deploy salon products by Redken and Eufora, creating looks that range from beachy and bohemian to polished and professional. In addition, the pet-friendly salon prettifies its patrons with makeup, waxing, and skincare services, and is available for special event preparations, private events, or mid-bank-heist makeovers.
As the weather outside grows colder, Bella D’ora Spa rolls out the cookie dough—or, at least, the smell of baking cookies. The seasonal sugar-cookie massage incorporates a brown-sugar hand-and-foot scrub into a sweet-smelling massage. The staff also provide an equal level of pampering year-round through warm-stone massages, organic facials, and body wraps that work to rid skin of toxins that may have been absorbed during baths in the chemical vats at a local soft-drink factory. Clients can bundle services for spa parties or bridal parties, which come with optional hors d’oeuvres or lunch plates that easily sate high-noon cravings.