Aesthetician and Skin Boutique founder Danielle Sladek wants to follow her clients home. She won’t try to climb into their cars, but she and her team of continually educated skin therapists make sure that every customer leaves understanding how best to treat their skin type between spa visits. During face-centric treatments, the spa's weapons of choice are Dermalogica products, which are made in the United States, never tested on animals, and won't attract bears with their scent. Past the spa’s glitzy chandeliers, plum-colored accents, and ornate wallpaper, guests relax in private treatment rooms as staff pamper their skin with both classic and high-tech procedures.
In the colorful, light-filled rooms of Gracy Elements Spa, San Diego Lashes’ specialized aestheticians have perfected one craft: creating long, full lashes with synthetic eyelash extensions. Lashes come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, materials, and shapes, including the natural J curl, dramatic C curl, and intimidating Z curl for predatory butterfly kisses. During the 1.5- to 2-hour application, the lash artist uses a special adhesive to forge a molecular bond between each falsie and the natural lash, creating a durable hold that helps extensions stay in place for the entirety of the lash's life cycle.
Visible Difference Skin Care & Day Spa's experienced technicians pamper figures with an array of customizable spa treatments. Make over your mood billboard with the 60-minute European facial, a hydrating treatment designed to de-gunk and purify epidermises. During the pumpkin peel, a technician lacquers on a layer of gentle enzymes and phyto-nutrients that further nourish complexions and remove the loitering skin cells. The paraffin hand treatment begins with a hydrating enzyme scrub that is massaged into the arms and hands. Rough mitts then take a synchronized dive into a vat of molten wax, emerging from their soak as soft and rejuvenated as they would be after plucking pennies out of the fountain of youth. For hand models or hands made out of silk, the paraffin treatment can instead be redeemed for a waxing of any two of the following areas: brow, lip, chin, or jaw line.
The decor at W Salon and Spa—curled chandeliers, furniture upholstered with monochrome prints, and antique-looking wooden bureaus at each styling station—evokes an Enlightenment-era salon steeped in serenity. The literary setting is appropriate since the staff views the venue as a sanctum for the self, where guests can sink into relaxed introspection. With a team that specializes in a number of fields, the spa addresses a sweeping spectrum of services to facilitate such pampered meditation.
A licensed cosmetologist primps complexions with makeup applications and eyelash extensions, and a certified massage therapist calls upon five modalities to put physiques at ease more effectively than a soothing impression of Morgan Freeman narrating a documentary about sloths. Hair- and skincare treatments benefit from Unite and Sonya Dakar products, respectively.
On the spa's medical side, technicians combat wrinkles with Botox injections and curtail unwanted hair growth with carefully aimed laser treatments. The beauticians also host spa parties, accommodating wedding groups and celebrations for expectant mothers as well as birthdays.
Breana Howell is a stylist working out of Hot Seat Salon, a hair studio where creativity and experience yield fashionable haircuts. She offers haircuts, coloring, and conditioning treatments for clients seeking a new look or a chance to become reacquainted with their necks. Breana’s colleagues at Hot Seat Salon offer hair services and keratin treatments, as well as facials, waxing, and tanning.
Nikki Langfelder has worked as a hairstylist for almost five years, on top of running a busy Carlsbad salon. At Hot Seat Salon, she puts this experience to good use as she creates eye-catching new looks with haircuts, conditioning treatments, and color treatments.