Lydia Forshee has the key to a healthy, youthful complexion. As the owner and operator of Lydia Skincare Spa, she helps clients balance their skin's oil and moisture levels to achieve radiant skin. Along with her custom facials, such as vitamin-C and oxygen-infused facials, she pampers clients with full-body treatments that include a dry-brushed organic sugar scrub and moisturizer. Face and body waxing are also available.
At Starla's Salon & Spa, more than 20 beauty professionals dedicate their talents toward enhancing natural beauty. They each possess a rich backlog of experience. Owner Starla Zarbo, a stylist with more than 20 years of experience, sets the example by continually enrolling in educational seminars. Aesthetician Judy Kohlberg has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of additional training in London, and integrates technology into various treatments, using a mechanical wand to resurface skin and a cold-light laser to diminish signs of aging such as crow's feet and eagle talons. These women join other specialists who work in a sunlit salon with black, red, and white walls.
At FPA Cosmetic Med Spa, Jay A. Pickett, MD, and his staff of medical assistants not only treat patients with wellness services such as immunizations and mammograms, but also perform cosmetic procedures with the same level of care. Facials with SkinCeuticals pharmaceutical-grade products improve complexions, and the Palomar StarLux 500 laser system resurfaces skin, imparting a youthful look without asking the client to swallow a night light. Tinting services give lashes a dark, lush appearance, and lash extensions elongate the flirtatious fringes. Sclerotherapy treatments target spider veins, leaving legs clear and smooth.
Nicole Hogan and Charles Gillick, owners of Blu: A Color Salon, don’t rest on their laurels just because they employ a team of talented stylists. During weekly three-hour continuing-education sessions, they keep their staffers abreast of the hottest trends in the salon world, such as feather extensions and silly-string ponytails. As its name implies, the salon specializes in coloring hair using products from the L’Oréal Professional line. The stylists also rely on L’Oréal products for power-dose treatments, which repair and strengthen damaged locks.
As clients await their turn in their stylist’s chair, they can sip from a complimentary glass of wine or cup of coffee. The warmly lit salon keeps easily frightened hair follicles relaxed with sleek decor that includes potted plants, track lighting, and a high ceiling.
While most 23-year-olds were trying to figure out their career path, Angelo was busy opening his own salon. And three expansions and more than two decades later, he's still at it. Each day he works with his team of talented stylists and aestheticians to accomplish the goal he laid out in 1991: to create a one-stop beauty shop where clients could get all of their aesthetic needs met. To that end, Angelo employs nail artists who pamper the digits of patrons waiting for hair colour treatments to finish processing, as well as aestheticians who dole out rose, mud, or chocolate baths that can be paired with massages, skin treatments, or giant chocolate duckies.
Pacific Beach's Beauty Angel treatment pairs beautification and physique sculpting in a series of 10-minute sessions combining light therapy, vibration, and platform-based exercise. Within the stand-up booth, clients bask in a safe red light that works to reawaken the body's collagen and elastin factories, disentangling wrinkles around the eyes and firming skin across the entire physique. The booth sports a vibrating platform designed to help break down cellulite and further stimulate epidermal collagen production. The vibrating motion also facilitates muscle toning and recovery by relaxing fibers. After seven daily sessions over one week, wrinkles may begin to diminish, cellulite may begin fade, and skin may begin smooth out, negating the need to seek eternal youth in every municipal fountain.