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.
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.
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.
The laid-back, fun-loving mentality of SoCal surf culture pervades Spa Samudra & Hair Lounge. Kids and pets walk freely throughout the premises as shoppers peruse the organic skincare line, made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Spa Samudra, however, seamlessly balances this surfer charm with the staples of a traditional day spa. Its organic skincare products, for example, are used in classic facials, which include steam cleans, exfoliation, and optional extractions. The aesthetic team also brightens faces with peels and soothes feet with detox footbaths. In addition, the 11 hairstylists at the up-and-coming hair salon pamper strands with an array of haircuts, color, and smoothing Brazilian Blowouts.
The open floor plan of Jayden Presleigh, The Salon & Spa makes perfect sense once you see the variety of professionals who ply their trades there. A one-stop shop for beauty, Jayden Presleigh, The Salon & Spa gives clients plenty of options, including hair cutting and coloring, shellac manicures and pedicures, massages, and facials that remove dead skin cells while cleaning deep within pores and moisturizing thirsty skin. The spa's professional makeup artists also line lids and fill in lips. The salon’s attached boutique is filled with plenty of bohemian garments and accessories to complement each client's individual style.
The stylists and aestheticians at Studio Be perform artistic balancing acts. On any given day, they might go from primping brides for their weddings to hosting basic lessons on cosmetics, or from designing complex updos to strengthening hair with protein treatments. The boutique balances on a trifecta of disciplines: hair fashion, makeup application, and skincare. The staff integrates their services to beautify guests from the neck up, combining products from brands such as Smashbox and Unite Eurotherapy.
Though Studio Be’s treatments span a broad spectrum, the team’s devotion to strong relationships with their clients remains a constant. Throughout chemical peels, photo shoots, and eyebrow-sculpting sessions, they consult with their subjects to craft personal, distinctive makeovers instead of continually trying to re-create their own best driver's-license photos.