A bronze Buddha statue greets guests at the entrance of Costa La Jolla Nails, setting a serene scene for those indulging in nail services within the salon’s airy confines. Plush, cream-colored chairs seat pedicure patrons as they dip toes or stiff leather boots into a footbath, playing host to a variety of pedicure treatments that can be enhanced with exfoliating sea-salt scrubs and cooling masks to fully de-stress soles. The salon’s row of treatment tables comes dressed in orchids and outfitted with a resident nail artist, who can dress up hands with pampering polishings or artificial nail enhancements. Clients can upgrade manicures with a CND Shellac polish that coats talons in a long-lasting blend that deflects manicure-marring imperfections such as chips, smudges, and stamped expiration dates. In addition to pampering digits, the in-house aestheticians depilate fuzz from faces and bodies with waxing treatments and clear and smooth complexions in full or express facials.
Every appointment at Dario Salon and Spa begins with an optional complementary consultation on possible haircuts and techniques that can balance and enhance an overall look, which may also include color suggestions to match complexion. Columbian-born owner Dario Enemocon is a master stylist and colorist who worked in New York before opening this sunny La Jolla Salon. Now, he doubles as a bridal expert working with a select cadre of stylists to design a synergy between the wedding gown, flowers and event location. But don’t worry, Enemocon and his staff, despite television appearances and plenty of local buzz, will still take care of your haircare and salon needs, including Keratin treatments and other techniques to make you look as vibrant as ever.
At The Best Nails and Massage, technicians take no shortcuts when it comes to clients’ comfort. During nail treatments, they use fume-free products and keep sessions sanitary by discarding all emery boards, nail buffers, and pumice pads after use. All mani-pedis get an extra dose of luxury with reflexology and hot stones. The relaxation continues during facials and massages, where therapists soothe achy muscles with a choice of five modalities.
Before setting up shop in Ashen Boutique & Salon, Tobie Rae Snyder played a role in the development of CND's Shellac nail polish and traveled around the region to teach beauticians about its long-lasting qualities. She also owned her own salon chain in Denver—an experience that lends to her expertise and fondness for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Today, she deftly grooms nails and waxes away unwanted hair in the comfort of the salon.