Mounted over the repurposed home's entrance, a large American flag patriotically waves above a vibrant floral bed and pillared porch. However, after walking through the bright-red front door, guests discover a European-inspired spa staffed by skilled and licensed stylists, aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians. Using exclusive skin- and haircare products—by brands including Pevonia Botanica and Bumble and bumble—Carmel Day Spa & Salon's specialists pamper guests with services ranging from haircuts to facials to massages. Sleek monochrome furniture and fixtures populate the salon area and treatment rooms, whose walls feature various pieces of art used to conceal wall safes filled with Monopoly money.
Even as the aestheticians at Cloud Nine Salon & Hair Loss Solutions make hair and nails look striking, they're often imbuing them with extra strength at the same time. The salon's stylists specialize in caring for textured and natural hair via restorative protein, hot-oil, and deep-conditioning treatments. Cloud Nine's nail technicians give clients a similar edge on growing nails that are long, smooth, and healthy. Extras such as sea-salt scrubs, tingly mint masks, massage, and Jacuzzi soaks leave the skin as soft as the nails are shiny.
Ever since graduating from the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics in 1993, licensed aesthetician Cathy Hunt has been giving her clients the gift of softer, clearer, younger-looking skin. During facial appointments at The Facial Room, she improves skin tone and texture with products by brands such as Academie, Bion, and Oxygen Botanicals. Chemical peels or diamond-tip microdermabrasion sessions buff away fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Nail Bar Spa primps and pampers clients with a range of nail-care services alongside complimentary drinks. While visitors relax in cushy pedicure chairs or rest hands on granite tabletops, nail techs perform treatments that range from tropical enzyme-induced exfoliation to skin-rejuvenating clay masks. Then, even coats of OPI or Essie polish get nails looking thumb-war ready. For a more extensive revamp, purifying facials and smoothing waxing services are also available.
Having nail technicians coddle hands and feet is always a soothing experience. However, it's even more relaxing at Asia Nail Spa, where mani-pedis include plenty of extras. Feet are pampered during pedicures with lavender masks, Hawaiian breeze sugar scrubs, and peppermint oil, and technicians top fingernails with long-lasting gel polish and sturdy acrylics. In addition, the staff uses warm wax to shape eyebrows and defuzz faces.
Synergy Salon owner Quy has an artist's eye when it comes to hair—and a nine-step process to guide her palette. Like a sculptor teasing a form from clay or stone, she uses her tools to reveal flattering styles for locks of any texture, and she follows Synergy's nine detailed steps to achieve rich, shimmering color. As the shop’s master hair designer and color specialist, she leads an accomplished team of stylists, including Aveda Institute graduates. Together, they create classic and dramatic looks using Redken and organic Eufora color or calm frizzy locks with Brazilian keratin treatments. Their lengthy menu of services also includes facial waxing, eyebrow threading, and eyelash extensions.