Armed with savvy scissor skills and top-notch noggin products from TIGI, Whitney Martin takes pride in transforming everyday head topiaries into fashion-forward model manes. After a consultation to determine a style that will most flatter your face shape, wisps will be whisked into a salon chair and treated to a deep-conditioning treatment, encasing hair in rich moisture and repairing damage done during years of drying it in the toaster. A final style enlivens limp locks, coiling them into curls or straightening them into strands of silk.
From red-wine facials to grape-seed-oil massages, the vinotherapists at Vino + Therapy Studio introduce a wine-grape component to each of their soothing spa treatments, aiming to exhibit the healing and rejuvenating properties of wine used during the beautification process. That’s thanks to owner Nena Benson, who draws inspiration from the vinoterapia spas popular in Tuscany. She touts the revitalizing effects of wine grapes; the acids can enhance circulation, for instance, and age-fighting antioxidants and resveratrol help strengthen and protect delicate tissues.
Because Vino + Therapy Studio has paired with local wineries, guests can also sip boutique wines and nibble Italian small plates at the sidewalk patio before or after treatments. Clients can even pair a day at the spa with a wine tour, during which they sample sips from the capacious cellars and naturally occurring wine geysers of several Central Coast vineyards.
Though threading has been among Asia’s most popular depilation methods for thousands of years, it only recently made its way onto the service menus of Western spas. The ancient practice has shown signs of becoming more of a spa mainstay, however, thanks to an eco-friendly process that also manages to stay on good terms with sensitive skin.
For evidence of threading’s rapidly expanding popularity, one need not look further than Brow Shapes' Eastern-inspired treatment menu. When not sculpting brows into precise arches, the spa’s artists rely on their attention to detail to draw henna tattoos that depict flowery swirls, geometric patterns, or extremely detailed public-transit maps. The spa also features a variety of facial massages, each of which can be customized to relieve pain, aid in relaxation, and improve skin tone.