Getting hooked on the House of Hair Addictions' personalized beauty treatments isn't dangerous??unless you're afraid of looking good. The stylists cut, color, and condition hair, expertly executing new techniques like ombre coloring, in which natural-looking highlights are painted in freehand. Their spa treatments, meanwhile, run the gamut from lush eyelash extensions to facials that hydrate skin more effectively than a rain cloud that follows you everywhere.
Featured at two star-studded award ceremonies in 2011, Balensi's Institute Skin Care & Spa makes everyday clients feel like VIPs with luxurious spa services. Guest pass by a water fountain and tropical plants as they enter a cozy, renovated bungalow that dates back to 1910, the same year that the Great Sphinx had her first microdermabrasion. Medical aesthetician Lorena Balensi performs most treatments—from facials to enzyme peels—with pharmaceutical-grade products. For more than 10 years, certified medical assistant Jean-Michel Balensi has applied principles of color theory, facial geometry, design/application, skin health and wound healing, anatomy and physiology to all aspects of his craft, servicing more than 3,000 clients. Applied one by one, his ocular artistry of eyelash extensions give eyelids the volume and length to attract compliments or entire butterfly colonies. Massage therapies include relaxing and healing modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, stone, pre-natel, and sports massage. Garden fountains perform a liquid symphony for patrons who relax at a shaded outdoor patio.
Drawing from more than 25 years of experience working in the med-spa and cosmetic-surgery field, Kathleen Rocca harnesses her knowledge and skills as a clinical aesthetician at her own skincare and anti-aging haven: Eastlake Rejuvenation Center. Guests pass through a lushly landscaped patio area as they arrive for the noninvasive cosmetic treatments, including facials with red and blue LED light, body-contouring laser lipolysis sessions, or photofacials that use intense pulsed light to tighten lax skin loosened after one too many trips to the moon.
In addition to helping area residents look and feel better, Rocca stays involved with her community on a grander scale, sharing beauty advice on Fox 6 news and serving as the president of the Bonita Business & Professional Association.
Ginger Drobrack maximizes “me” time with dual licenses in aesthetics and massage therapy. Each of her facials, hot-stone massages, and Brazilian waxes emphasize a client-focused approached; she customizes each treatment to the client’s needs and skin type. Additionally, she maintains the tranquil atmosphere of her studio with strict policies barring active children, noisy electronic devices, and anthropomorphic tanks.
Trickling waterfalls set a soothing scene inside Artesia Day Spa & Salon, situated on the Terrace of the Hilton Gaslamp. The licensed aesthetic specialists here can treat clients to hair, nails, skin, and body treatments using Aveda products. Licensed stylists work to perform flattering haircuts and shimmering color treatments with Aveda color products, and the certified aestheticians offer facials, waxing, and spray tans. If you want to get pampered, come in for an 80-minute hot stone massage or a Hydration facial in one of six treatment rooms. Among the many other services offered: deluxe spa mani-pedi or eyelash extensions or and a Sweet Sugar scrub session, which makes the skin glow without covering it in hologram stickers. After the luxurious spa services, customers may take advantage of the steam room or relaxation room.
Jeanne-Michelle Skin Care & Studio ensures its clients feel beautiful from head to toe. Starting at the top, facials and microdermabrasion treatments clear dirt and debris from the pores to keep skin looking clean and youthful. Waxing treatments remove unwanted hair from limbs and torsos and spray tanning leaves skin with an even glow. Jeanne-Michelle Skin Care & Studio also caters to groups with bridal services and pamper parties, during which friends bond over facials and debate which Supreme Court justice would win a nine-way wrestling match.