"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who’s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that’s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
The aesthetic professionals at House of Beauty beautify bodies through threading, waxing, facials, henna designs, and a passel of other services. Threading, a House of Beauty specialty, uses the tension between two coiled strings to deftly extract unwanted hair, including the extra-fine strands that dodge waxing with eel-like reflexes—nimble aestheticians can reshape eyebrows ($8), a favorite thread-target, in five to seven minutes. Spa treatments such as the one-hour European facial ($50) can pamper peaked visages, and painted henna tattoos ($5+) shimmy up hands and feet to be-filigree appendages and add glamour to rock, paper, scissors tournaments. All locations except the Moreno Valley Mall and Temecula Mall locations cut and color hair, a useful service for pretending to be one's own evil twin.
When Andrea Kane first opened her massage practice she was doling out deep-tissue massages to athletes and chronic-pain sufferers from inside her own home. Today, her business has grown, expanding to a service menu that now includes Andrea's other specialties including chemical peels, waxing, and sugaring treatments. A natural alternative to waxing, sugaring is gentle enough for all skin types, and, unlike some salons that reserve the service only for women, Andrea will gladly book hair-removal treatments for men or lifelike mannequins.
Dr. Daniel Hiser earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College and spent years in private practice, during which he became worried about the sun damage plaguing so many of his patients. Along with a registered nurse and the clinic director, he decided to open a med spa that would nurture skin dealing with the effects of aging and overexposure to the sun. The trio’s brainchild, Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic, treats patients to medical services ranging from wrinkle-fighting Botox injections and smoothing laser hair removal to age-defying IPL photofacials and chemical peels.
The clinic also ventures into spa territory with gentler facial treatments, which employ green tea, antioxidants, and microdermabrasion to fight blemishes and restore a youthful glow to cheeks without installing light switches in them. Clients can continue nourishing their skin at home with skincare products from Obagi and Timeless Age-Defying Laser Clinic’s own label.
Next Level Skin Care takes eyelash extensions so seriously that the only application method the center uses is also one of the only patented methods in the United States. During applications, licensed medical aesthetician Candace King layers synthetic-natural hair hybrids onto the lids of both male and female clients. To get the treatment just right, she found guidance under Lôngmi Lashes creator Daniel Dinh, who trained King and certified her to apply his lashes at Next Level Skin Care.
King also customizes beauty treatments using a combination of advanced medical, therapeutic, and organic techniques. Her clinical facial includes an enzyme and resurfacing treatment that helps treat acne, aging skin, and hyperpigmentation, and her organic facial peel uses plant and fruit extracts to nourish skin. She also offers an eye rescue add-on treatment, during which freeze-dried collagen helps firm skin and reduce puffiness. To complement beautifying services, the boutique also sells mineral makeup, clothing, and feather hair extensions.
The act of mashing together sugar and peppermint leaves can make tasty summer drinks and refreshing, exfoliating body scrubs. That’s why EnviouSkin calls this vegan and organic treatment the “mojito,” and it is perhaps the reason why EnviouSkin was featured as part of the city’s Spa Week and on San Diego 6, along with spa owner Kim. She studied skincare across Europe, practicing cutting-edge techniques with experts and familiarizing herself with new products, before settling in San Diego. She has designed a spa whose soothing confines reflect nature with an earth-toned color scheme, flowering plants, and smooth stone walls that catch flickering candlelight in their mouths. By creating luxurious facials, massages, peels, and waxing treatments, she is following her lifelong dream of keeping skin healthier via signature services and client education.