For Naturally Hands and Spa, beauty doesn’t mean sacrificing the health and appearance of natural features. That’s why the spa invented its own antibacterial eyelash-extension system and performs antibacterial, organic Calgel manicures, earning a Best of Beauty award from Allure magazine. The soak-off Calgel system doesn’t interfere with nail-bed metabolism, so it can actually help strengthen nails while adding a splash of color to high-fives and pledges of allegiance. Calgel's ability to bond on natural nails without using harsh chemicals or primers has helped popularize the service in Europe, and Naturally Hands and Spa is an authorized importer of the products.
The technicians at MYU Beauty don’t just look at nails as canvases for color, but for three-dimensional designs as well. Flowers, jewels, and even Hello Kitty designs are just a few examples of the 3-D gel art that the staff can create. These designs can upgrade traditional manicures to multicolored galleries of rhinestones and holiday themes, such as ghosts for Halloween and stripes for the Fourth of July, a much prettier way to show American patriotism than replacing your shoes with apple pies. Those who opt for a smooth and simple manicure can still choose between LED-cured gels, which resist chipping, fading, and peeling for longer than standard polishes.
The technicians conduct all of their nailcare with sanitized and disposable tools. For those hoping to launch their own cosmetic career, they also host classes on gel and gel-art techniques. Eyelash perms and permanent-makeup services round out the combination spa and beauty school's menu.
Kathryn Gunderson at Salon Milano offers more than your typical cuts and styles. Using the unique chalking technique, Kathryn applies bright pink, blue, purple, and green chalk to hair for a splash of color that’s less permanent than the hues applied by traditional hair dyes or peacock feathers super-glued to your skin. For those interested in a less whimsical look, the salon is also skilled in elegant updos that coil and braid hair into classic styles with a modern twist. Once you're sporting a fresh new do, continue the beautifying process at the salon with everything from facials and waxing to professional makeup application.
Inside this European-style salon, a skilled team of stylists use high-quality products to renovate clients’ hair, skin, and nails. Stylists craft trendy dos with Enjoy, Moroccan Oil, Colure Hair Care, and Big Sexy Hair products as well as stimulate thinning strands with Nioxin products. Additionally, the team removes unwanted hair with heated wax and keeps digits looking polished with relaxing mani-pedis.
The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder’s Reader’s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line and encrusting toes with Swarovski crystals. In addition to brining beauty and relaxation within grasp, each location expands the reach of Western medicine with alternative therapies for pain relief and programs geared toward new mothers and oncology patients. Contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to health care, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free. Attentive to both human and environmental health, Spa Gregorie's efforts to reduce waste, energy consumption, and chemical use earned OC Metro's 2011 Green Team award.
In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, “Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.” This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists, as well as the saint bernards that dig them out from under piles of laurel wreaths each day.