Aesthetician Claire Long calls on 12 years of skincare experience, which includes a decade of using Eminence Organic Skincare products, to offer a menu of skincare and waxing services. Though the salon is spacious and contemporary with minimalist interior design, its character is brought to life by vintage, retro-themed displays and comfy salon chairs made with the hides of extinct animals. Along with a full salon menu of hair and makeup services, the studio features a boutique that's stocked with charming necklaces, earring, and bracelets.
Leslie E. Miller believes she has always had an intuitive streak; the ability to see deep into the soul of another person, even if that person is a total stranger. More than 10 years after getting her bachelor's degree in English literature, she made the choice to nourish her gift by moving to San Diego to get her holistic-health practitioner's license and study at a clairvoyant institute. Her decision paid off—her studies led her to be hired as a guest psychic for a month-long radio show in LA, write a book, and travel the world.
Today, amid the beaches and wildlife of her California surroundings, Leslie brings her gift to others through a bounty of energy- and intuition-based therapies. In addition to standard techniques such as therapeutic and pregnancy massage, she heals her clients' bodies by manipulating their energy fields through reiki, healing touch, chakra balancing, and other therapies. She also provides more spiritual relief through intuitive and angel readings and workshops that cover everything from living your dreams to reading your past lives.
After a successful stint as an owner of a salon in Fresno, Carol Ortiz decided to bring her makeup talents to Encinitas. She found a new home among the stylists, skincare specialists, and massage therapists at Akua Spa & Salon. There, she and the rest of the team keep the atmosphere warm and welcoming, cultivating a vibe that makes guests feel as comfortable chatting about their day as they are talking about their styling goals. Before starting off on haircuts and beauty treatments, staffers pour their clients a complementary glass of wine and discuss any unique styling concerns and desired looks. The versatile specialists offer numerous hair, skincare, and massage services, with options ranging from smoothing keratin treatments to rejuvenating facials to glamorous eyelash extensions. Carol fills in her own niche, providing expert permanent makeup services for eyebrows, lips, and eyelids. Regardless of specialty, all staffers use top-quality products from trusted brands including Australian Wax Co., Redken, and Image Skincare.
Dr. Bryan Doonan may oversee Medspa XL, but it?s the team of RNs, medical aestheticians, trained technicians, and massage therapists that run the show?particularly Jodi Sawyer. A licensed RN, she masters?and trains doctors and nurses to use?a slew of technologically adventurous treatments to fight aging, sun damage, and unsightly body hair and veins. The Harmony AFT Laser, for example, smoothes skin using gentle pulses of light. Without damaging the top layer of skin, the pulses of light rebuild collagen and even out skin tone. And this isn?t the only way to enhance and maintain beauty at Medspa XL.
The team?s grasp of pharmaceutically induced beauty is also vice-tight. They inject muscles with Botox to impede send wrinkles packing and help clients grow thicker, longer lashes with applications of Latisse or by tying helium balloons to each lash. They also offer complimentary initial consultations to clients unsure of what steps to take next.
Inside her private treatment room located in Phenix Salon Suites, Brittany Hunniecutt helps beautify customers with services such as facials, peels, and body waxing. Customers can rest easy knowing that Brittany takes skincare seriously, because she recognizes that a truly flawless façade requires regular visits, results-focused treatments, and a commitment by both the aesthetician and the client to strive to care for skin. This is the reason that, after each treatment, Brittany discusses proper at-home care with clients and goes over the types of products they should use in order to maintain their renewed complexions. Each of her facial treatments include a deep cleansing with a Clarisonic Pro brush, skin extractions, and exfoliation that uses an ultrasonic device instead of manual scrubbing or having customers line their pillows with sandpaper.
Sugar, lemon, and water might not be the first things that come to mind when you think of hair removal, but these three natural components are all that the staff at SugarCoated Skincare need to gently remove unsightly strands. Led by Kristin Fennema, a massage therapist, aesthetician, and sugaring specialist, staff performs sugaring services to get rid of unwanted hairs all over the face and body of male and female clients. The sugar serves as a natural exfoliant, leaving skin silky smooth and removing even short hairs. Kristin and her team also pamper clients with services such as personalized massages and antioxidant facials that incorporate kiwi, lemon, or pomegranate. In all the spa’s services, staff work to nourish the skin, leaving it feeling rejuvenated and craving an after-dinner mint.