D Hair & Spa employs specialists who hail from the Dermalogica Institute. These skincare workers offer advanced facials that begin with "skin mapping," which help them discern what the client's skin type is and which issues need the most attention, such as age spots beneath the eyes or a fire budding in the nostrils. With that knowledge, they combat blemishes during treatments that feature Dermalogica products. If you want to maintain your skin regimen at home, these same products are available for purchase in the spa's retail section.
D Hair & Spa's massage therapists, meanwhile, are armed with a range of bodywork techniques and therapeutic-grade essential oils. They offer Thai, Swedish, and hot-stone massages which, when combined with scents of lavender, wintergreen, or lemon, pack a one-two punch of releasing muscle tension and inducing feelings of bliss.
Helmed by a French pastry chef, Vista French Bakery Cafe imbues its breakfast cuisine with an authentic Parisian touch, rendered fresh by the use of locally acquired ingredients. House-made quiches warm plates, and a ratatouille of zucchini, eggplant, onion, and tomato gets wrapped up in the South of France omelet, which comes packed with feta cheese and adorned with a swanky scarf. With spacious, indoor seating and a cozy spot for outdoor dining, the café invites diners into an atmosphere where local art and rejected omelets hang on the walls while jazz gently plays. The affable staff welcomes guests to cap off their dining and music-absorbing experiences by enjoying fresh pastries such as fruit tarts, coconut macaroons, and mini vanilla custard eclairs.
Even though pink is her favorite color, salon owner Kat Daniels designed her salon to cater to the pampering needs of both men and women. The result is a cozy, balanced mix of masculine and feminine elements, including mocha-tinted walls, sleek styling chairs, animal-print accents, and the occasional tasteful pop of fuchsia. Ladies and gents can both appreciate the attention to detail Kat and her staff bring to haircuts, mani-pedis, and skin services such as microcurrent facials, as well as the shop's arsenal of top-of-the-line products bearing names such as Redken, Pureology, and Dermalogica. The staff goes above and beyond with indulgent extras such as head, neck, and shoulder massages and men's hot-towel treatments, but above all else, they pride themselves on creating a peaceful, quiet atmosphere where clients can escape from day-to-day stress and door-to-door salesmen.
Salon Bruce Stuart's stylists have honed their mane mastery nationwide for more than 35 years, now flourishing scissors in a new, luxurious second-floor locale, where a private deck overlooks rows of trees and a tranquil creek. A blazing fireplace creates the proper atmosphere for clients to reminisce about the s'mores of yesteryear while experienced friseurs transform tresses into contemporary ?dos with precision cuts. Colorists add dimension with an extensive menu that revitalizes locks with caramelizing and full or partial highlights. The salon's flair for the chic extends to its floors, which are covered in bamboo hardwood, as well as its vaulted ceilings, which allow stylists to flip hair without entangling bangs in the rafters.
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.
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.