At E-Clips Salon & Boutique, each stylist's workstation is packed with an array of styling tools and professional products for an extensive repertoire of aesthetic services. Bottles of Paul Mitchell and Redken coloring products sit alongside assorted scissors and hair clippers, and drawers abound with feather extensions, waxing products, and colorful nail polishes. Committed to beautifying customers in their entirety, the team of stylists also oversees an onsite boutique, where racks of chic blouses, flowery dresses, and designer jeans make it an ideal venue for fashion hunting or games of pin the tail on the mannequin.
For evidence of the keen style sense of Taylor D'Shaw Salon’s beauticians, take a look at the staff members' hairdos. The cropped or flowing coifs include luscious waves of blond, bouncy auburn curls, and trendy side-swept bangs. The staff's styling prowess infuses the homey salon and spills into a vast array of services, including flattering cuts and professional coloring treatments that use Pureology products. At the manicure station, nail techs sculpt and adorn nails with glimmering gel polish. The whole beautifying production takes place in a cozy space where bright-yellow walls, rustic wood vanities, and a lack of live amateur musicians playing '80s glam-band hits on the kazoo create a relaxed, intimate atmosphere.
Rain Salon & Spa’s stylists and therapists call upon the powers of Mother Nature—as embodied in plant-derived Aveda products—to repair damaged hair and untie knotted muscles. Provided they don’t have to use harsh chemicals, the stylists are always receptive to new technologies. Aveda delivers on this front with treatments such as the Smooth Infusion retexturizing system and a botanical renewal treatment that strengthens frizzy strands.
The spa’s therapists soothe backs and shoulders with 10 massage modalities, many of which come with enhancements such as Aveda blue oil and aromatherapy infused with clary sage. It’s not uncommon for other spa treatments to include more than meets the eye. Facials, for example, begin with a consultation and end with a makeup touchup. Similarly, complimentary beverages accompany nail treatments that refresh hands and feet with Caribbean aromas, OPI polishes, and freshly laundered sock puppets.
As a child, Erin Kump's favorite toy was the portable foot spa she used when giving her family members pedicures. Her favorite treats were the mud masks her mother would bring home for her from the drugstore. This interest in beauty blossomed into a career, and she became an aesthetician full time.
From their nook in Salon Rain & Day Spa, awash in soothing earth tones, Erin and her staff help work toward clients' aesthetic goals with a full roster of body treatments. Shelves brim with products from Image and HydroPeptide, which can be calibrated to help clear up acne, refresh lax skin, and empower patrons to fight signs of aging without drinking from fountains that conquistadors put their mouths all over. Beneath a sign reading “In the depths of the soul, everyone deserves to feel beautiful,” slow exhalations rustle the long leaves of live bamboo plants. Aestheticians slip past, leaving the scents of peppermint M’lis wraps and seasonal treatments in their wake.
State-licensed manicurist and nationally certified massage therapist Brenda Schulpius eases the chronic pain of fatigued muscles and occasional embarrassment of unkempt nails at Cosmic Touch Massage & Nails. She draws from 15 years of experience and an education from a COMTA-certified school and the Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness to deliver Swedish and therapeutic massage, targeted foot reflexology, and manicure and pedicure services. Shellac manicures are available to keep polished surfaces chip-free for up to 2 weeks or one tool-free attempt at carving your initials into a tree.
Located in a historic building in downtown Escondido with two floors and 11,000 square feet of space where romanesque white columns and archways, Renaissance paintings, and a sparkling chandelier invoke the parlor of an Italian palace. Relaxing music puts guests at ease as they sit in antique-style armchairs, awaiting custom facials, body treatments, and salon services performed with herbal and botanical products. Duos can de-stress together in the couples massage room, and a garden room allows humans to get the sun they need for their stalks to grow.