Deniez Surofchy has spent the last eight years solving all of her clients’ hair-related problems, including overgrown locks, dull hair color, and stubborn frizz. She offers a diverse array of services, from ombre color and hair extensions to facial threading and makeup application. And the clientele she works with is just as diverse, as she speaks Farsi, Turkish, and Azeri along with English. When not crafting new hairstyles, she teaches professionals-in-training how to cut and color properly at the Paul Mitchell school.
Loraine-Dale Hall had packed away more than a decade of experience and numerous awards as an aesthetician and cosmetic tattoo artist before she created spaViolet, a beauty haven bent on having fun while maintaining a no-nonsense approach to skincare. The freewheeling revelry visitors experience has led the spa to devise a list of house rules, which include tongue-in-cheek warnings to refrain from karaoke in the eucalyptus steam room and foam parties in the six-head Vichy shower. The spa's signature violet hue anoints every inch of the cottage-inspired space, where extra embellishments of potted flowers and pastel pillows lure clients in for a soothing escape. In this beauty-centered retreat, Hall helms a team of skin specialists whose skills have landed them on the glossy pages of 944 Magazine and a victory in a face-off against a chain spa conducted by San Diego Magazine. The menu also packs in body scrubs, lash and brow tinting, nail services, and happy-hour waxing, which grants discounts every Thursday and Friday afternoon. Clients can further enjoy their spa experience with complimentary almonds, brownies, tea, and wine, which keep bored tongues from licking off newly applied skin serums when the staff isn't looking.
Before opening Votre Beaut? in 1987, Jo?lle Ottow refined her aesthetic techniques at upscale spas in Nice, Geneva, and Amsterdam. Her wealth of experience finds a worthy reflection in Votre Beaut?'s service menu, which encompasses a wide variety of natural and high-tech treatment methods. There's a traditional European facial, of course, but there are also relaxing aromatherapy facials and LED treatments designed to soften the appearance of fine lines. An oxygen facial nourishes skin with a blend of 87 vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, and a therapeutic acne facial uses a Tesla high-frequency machine and a deep-cleansing mask to unclog pores.
Votre Beaut?'s aesthetic treatments aren't limited to the face. Clients can also opt for an aromatherapy body peel or a detoxifying wrap made with seaweed from the coast of France, where it's still legal for seaweed to sunbathe in its natural state. Massages are an ideal precursor to any body treatment, and the spa's therapists can treat muscles with techniques that employ hot stones or deep-tissue strokes.
Connie Campbell is always on the hunt to find the latest treatments and products that will keep her clients looking young and feeling younger. During an appointment, she might ask clients to rest atop infrared warming pads as she applies Glo Therapeutic skincare products and performs DiamondSkin microdermabrasion. She might also use a formaldehyde-free glue to individually attach faux mink eyelash extensions to lash lines, creating lashes so thick they make it almost impossible to look through a keyhole to see how keys work.
Connie has spent years learning massage techniques, including a period spent studying the Mueller method under the late Bill Mueller himself. As a breast cancer survivor, Connie understands the effects trauma and pain can have on the body, which is why she customizes each massage using four modalities including reflexology.
Sandi Carr-Calderone opened There She Glows! Day Spa with one main goal in mind: give her guests a spa experience to remember. She and a small staff of five massage therapists and aestheticians start the serenity as soon as clients walk in, encouraging them to leave their cares, cellphones, and shrieking imaginary friends at the door. From there, Sandi creates a relaxing experience for individuals or groups in one of four treatment rooms by pampering clients with facials, massages, and body waxing. All of the services take place in a spa lushly decorated with hardwood curio cabinets, flowing greenery, and wall sconces that create a warm ambiance. Those who find themselves not wanting to leave can take a little bit of There She Glows! home with them: the spa sells its own proprietary, botanically-based line of skin care products.
As a certified massage therapist, corrective-exercise specialist, and personal trainer, Stanly Namoa can safely claim to understand the human body. At Bodywork Solution, he draws on his tripartite expertise to help his clients achieve a healthy lifestyle free of the pains of soreness and injury.
In each of his personal-fitness sessions, Namoa devises a customized plan that accounts for individual strengths and works to bolster areas of weakness. Sometimes, these areas of weakness owe to nagging muscle injuries. That?s where his expertise in corrective exercise and massage comes into play. He can lead clients through specific stretches designed to readjust the body or take a more hands-on approach to healing with targeted sports and deep-tissue massages. Since stress can also adversely affect health, Namoa unwinds tension with gentle Swedish massages that may incorporate hot stones or squishy meatballs.