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Sara Elizabeth Skincare & Nail Boutique founder Sara Elizabeth Kuite has traveled the country to build her acute knowledge of bodily betterments, studying specialized skincare in New York City with celebrity facialist Ling Chan and scaling the Rocky Mountains to learn Japanese kobido massage techniques under sensei master Shogo Mochizuki. Today, she fuses Eastern ideas with Western technology in her current practice, which places an emphasis on deep healing and prevention of unnecessary epidermal wear. Her highly trained eyes carefully scan skin to spot specific conditions and create a personalized skincare regimen for each individual, and she gives each patient the time and attention they need to learn how to use products correctly and finally set the clocks on their VCRs.

Celery green walls and white overstuffed chairs provide a tranquil setting for all services, which include everything from anti-aging, hydrating, or exfoliating facials to hair removal with sugar paste or blue chamomile wax. Clients awaiting treatment may soothe sore eyes by browsing through a boutique stocked with raw vegan skincare products from brands such as Astara and Priori and high-powered CoffeeBerry antioxidant, or wander over to the elixir bar to nourish bodies and wilted houseplants with phytonutrient-rich beverages.

4026 Hawk St
San Diego,
CA
US

The certified technicians of Poshe' Skincare Salon customize each aesthetic service—from natural-nail treatments to full-body waxing—to their clients' individual traits as they dole out time-honored beauty advice. Armed with Dermalogica and Jan Marini Skin Research products, aestheticians help fend off impurities and aging with eight facials, each of which includes exfoliation, a nourishing mask, and hydration in addition to adding invigorating extras such as papaya enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids, or mineral sea salts. To further polish bodily surfaces, microdermabrasion liberates faces, necks, and upper bodies of dead skin cells to reveal fresher complexions. Permanent makeup decks eyelids, brows, or lips with durable daubs of micropigmentation, creating the appearance of natural-looking cosmetics sans the smudging, smearing, or telltale kiss marks on handsome department-store mannequins.

4411 Mercury St, Ste 109
San Diego,
CA
US

Amid the full-length photographs of models with stylish cuts that cover Salon Kensington’s canary walls, a black-and-white portrait of Audrey Hepburn looks down coquettishly over the intimate boutique. Hepburn was famous for her European-like beauty, making her a fitting avatar for a salon steeped in both European decor—sleek black furnishings and warm wood accents fill the room—and European hair techniques. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, master stylist Marissa Hernais leads a team of stylists who beautify clients with a range of aesthetic services, from haircuts and highlights to thermal-straightening services. Within private treatment rooms, aestheticians smooth skin with papaya-enzyme peels and full-body waxing, and technicians decorate nails with UV gel polish, silk wraps, and complimentary nail art.

4104 Adams Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

When it comes to beauty, Ultimate Lash and Brow sets out to succeed where others have failed. Certified eyelash extension technicians free clients of mascara's clumping, smudging, and running issues by granting them with a full fan of dark, dramatic, and semi-permanent extensions instead. To turn back the clock on disastrous eyebrow waxing appointments, aesthetician Christiane Gendrey calls on her experience beautifying celebrities to carefully tweeze brows back into shape, sometimes even devising a comprehensive monthly regimen to grow back missing hairs. And the studio's facial services don't pull any punches?rather than using the ineffective techniques of so-called pampering facials, the experts target stubborn skin problems and treat faces to deep exfoliation, helping bring back a healthy rate of cell turnover and create a softer, more even complexion.

720 11th Ave.
San Diego,
California
US

Between working, working up an appetite, and working out, it can be hard for a busy person to work on their skin. That?s why Girl on the Go! Night Spa stays open until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, offering beauty services that cater to the packed schedules of nine-to-fivers, students, and London Guards prone to acne. The unique, one-on-one appointment system ensures each client commands the entire spa to themselves, soaking in the peace and quiet as skin luxuriates in hydrating facials and antioxidant-rich body treatments. Despite its feminine moniker, the spa also tailors skin treatments and waxing sessions to suit the needs of guys on the go, and its reliance on organic products from Epicuren, Ilike Organic, Yonka, and Lucrece keeps services accessible to eco-conscious complexions.

830 25th St
San Diego,
CA
US

At Platinum Hair Design, hair designers Deidra Cooper and Karen Wilburn oversee a variety of salon services powered by a spread of European products and Enjoy’s haircare line. Enjoy—a brand known for its sulfate-free shampoos and botanical-rich, volumizing conditioners—stars in many services by day, and occasionally moonlights as the preferred choice of local lounge singers. And when the team needs inspiration for new products or services, they often turn to Toni&Guy's award-winning training sessions, which have recently blessed Platinum Hair Design with trending treatments such as trilevel color weaves, blond-on-blond highlights, and caramelizing highlights.

4838 Rolando Boulevard
San Diego,
CA
US