Every morning, the lotus flower surfaces from the murky water and unfurls its brilliant petals in the sun’s warmth. This image of a lotus flower blooming on the sign outside A Rich Experience Massage & Wellness Spa hints at this process of perpetual renewal. The spa's team attempts to help patrons blossom, drawing out inner beauty in minimalist rooms to help create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
During skincare treatments, the staff's medical aesthetician analyzes facial features before refreshing them with products from Botanical Science. Muscles purr smoothly under the hands of a licensed massage therapist, who, unlike an Olympic gymnastics coach, uses pressure to relieve tension.
Long, dramatic lashes are one of the hardest looks to maintain throughout the day, with mascara easily smearing when exposed to water and lashes applied at home coming unglued. The certified lash artists at iLash Factory work to add long-lasting accents to eyes, individually applying strands to eyelids for long, dark lashes. Nimble fingers fly in the shop as technicians apply between 20 and 85 lashes to emphasize peepers with a sultry cat-eye look or the bright colors needed to catch the attention of someone across a crowded bar, or someone with a really cool torch in a monster-killing mob.
Envy Hair Design has been providing upscale salon services since 2001, employing a talented team of professional stylists to snip, shape, and beautify its clients. With $100 worth of hair services to cover, tangled tresses can be thoroughly snipped free of twigs and brambles, so that birds will stop mistaking the head for a nest (women's haircuts start at $35, men's at $25). Punch a dull day right in the face with a splash of all-over color (starting at $55), a partial foil (starting at $55), or a full foil (starting at $75). Extreme adrenaline junkies can begin their services with a perm, and then instantly juxtapose that decision with a relaxer (each starts at $60). Today's deal must be used in one visit, so consider removing excess hair completely with waxing services, starting at $12. The relaxing décor makes all salon visits extra enjoyable, with warm brown walls, burnished-wood floors, and crisp lighting offset by sleek black furnishings. Call ahead to schedule your hair-repair services and prepare to saunter forth into the world with a new ’do, newfound confidence, and the wherewithal to finally take care of a Newfoundland shepherd puppy.
Imana Sky Salon's aestheticians cultivate elegance while plunging beauty-buffing clients into black-and-white décor beneath a crystalline chandelier. During the 20-minute Shellac manicure, digit tips bask in lavish attention as a nail tech fastidiously grants them an elegant shape and cleans up unruly cuticles like a sheriff's finger puppet. As hands unwind under the primping regimen, gazes meander to Couture prints above the nail table and a gossamer abstract piece, reminiscent of swirling peacock feathers, along an adjacent ebony wall. Chip-resistant Shellac polish lacquered onto nails weathers stresses in the outside world, standing strong against fierce finger drumming and high-fives from rugged iguanas.
At Modern Hair Nails & Spa, stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians offer a range of treatments designed to keep their clientele looking spruce from head to toe. Services include mani-pedis, waxing, hair color and styling, and a variety of facials for men and women.
Anousheh Motamedi began styling hair in Germany and France, prepping models' mops for Europe's glitzy runway shows, according to 92131 magazine. After arriving in the United States, she set up shop with her accomplice Nadi Dadsetan, but her focus soon became distinctly local. Finding that the city's beauty-school graduates lacked a solid hands-on foundation, the two snapped up the most promising San Diego stylists, instituting on-the-job training to hone their skills. Today that local focus remains, with the studio acting as a community in itself and regularly throwing its support behind charities and local women's shelters.
Inside the salon, Motamedi and Dadsetan work alongside their 11 associates as they beautify bodies from the head down. Shimmering metal dividers entice the eye with irregular oval holes while eclectic chandeliers hang from above the styling stations where experts snip hair into new 'dos. Color and deep-conditioning treatments leave each strand looking its best, complementing new beauty brought out by facials, nailcare, and hair removal. Bridal packages can also primp wedding parties with updos and cosmetics to ensure brides look their best and bridesmaids don't leave makeup on the cake when they dive in face first.