Rather than staffing a huge team of unfamiliar faces, Tiger Lily Day Spa & Boutique owner Vanessa Huff strives to cultivate an intimate environment by working directly with each client. She focuses on using clients' time wisely as she flaunts her specialty services, which include lash tinting and perming, chemical peels, PCA Skin facials, and SunFX spray tanning. Vanessa's eight years of experience with Brazilian waxing ensures that unwanted hairs are evicted artfully after she anoints skin with Satin Smooth cream wax or Cirepil hard wax. To amp up the luxury, Vanessa works closely with Alana Rose, a nationally licensed and locally certified massage therapist who specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. Tiger Lily also hosts parties to let groups of five or more spend an evening purifying pores with peels and facials or comforting friends recently dumped by the sun with UV-free spray tans.
Day Spa Confidential's friendly staffers turn back Mother Nature's clocks by pairing holistic spa treatments with techniques cultivated in Europe and the Far East to relax patients and assuage the signs of aging. The spa's skilled aestheticians rejuvenate faces with customized facials, incorporating eastern European extraction techniques and Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical brand skincare products to clear and pamper the skin. Patients who want to address deeper skin concerns can opt for services such as LED light therapy and micro current lifting, which deliver potent skin-transforming waves and love notes personally signed by aestheticians deep below the epidermis. Beauty mavens looking to ditch unwanted fuzz can indulge in full-body waxing and semipermanent eyelash extensions affix faux tendrils to darken and thicken lash lines.
Under the guidance of owner Andee Ballard, the team of 10 stylists at Envy Salon beautifies tresses with services ranging from artful snips to deep conditioning. High-end products from beauty houses including L’Oréal, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology lend their spritzes, gels, and mousses to each of the salon’s treatments. The salon is also a certified Brazilian Blowout salon, allowing stylists to leave straightened strands as strong and soft as a pro wrestler whose mother still reads him bedtime stories.
Even during the decade she spent as a stay-at-home mother, Nicole Bennett, the owner and aesthetician at Flawless Face & Body, always followed her own personal skin care regimen and even worked a few side jobs in cosmetics. But it wasn't until she decided to take a chance and go back to school that she realized that her passion was deeper than she thought, and that passion aligned with her quest for a new career. Her interest in skin care skyrocketed as she delved into the nitty-gritty science behind it, and she sped her way through Palomar Institute of Cosmetology.
After becoming a licensed aesthetician, Nicole opened her own wellness center, which has since expanded into a new clinic in the heart of San Marcos, providing skin care, massage therapy, acne treatments and hair-removal services. She also earned certification as an acne specialist, with the extra training inspiring her to dedicate a large portion of her service menu to result-oriented acne solutions. This dedication now takes the form of a full-fledged acne program, which blends biweekly clinic appointments with an at-home skin care regimen to take faces from spotty to spotless over the course of 12-16 weeks. The team at Flawless Face & Body strives to educate clients and give them the one-on-one time they need to reach their wellness goals within a private, relaxing environment. With the help of Image Skincare and Rhonda Allison products, specialists also counter blemishes and imperfections with facials, peels, and waxing, leaving skin as clean and smooth as a censored version of The Catcher in the Rye read by Barry White.
Massage therapist. Lifestyle coach. Group fitness instructor. The list of Kathleen Pleasants’s vocations goes on and on. At Clearly Unique, Kathleen caters to clients' health and wellbeing, relying on her years of experience as a holistic health practitioner. As head massage therapist, she charms muscles into relaxing and dissipates stress and pain with deep-tissue and Swedish massages and neuromuscular therapy. Kathleen also has a special touch for carpal tunnel syndrome, alleviating the painful symptoms with three physical-therapy sessions.
Going above and beyond traditional massage services, Clearly Unique also hosts a range of workshops. Classes teach the art of reiki, advanced massage techniques, energy balancing, and even nutrition, in which Kathleen—who is not just a nutritional counselor but is also featured in the book Is She Naturally Thin or Disciplined? —leads the way to healthy eating.
The main ingredient at Sugar San Diego is its namesake sugar, but you won't encounter any baked goods within its walls. The sweet ingredient instead appears in sugaring paste, which, when slightly warmed, removes hair at the root. Since the sugaring agent pulls hair in the same direction that it grows and isn't hot like wax, it's gentler on sensitive skin. But sugaring still works on all the same fuzzy areas as waxing, including the face, bikini line, and body.