The aestheticians at Empress Nails pamper extremities and fashion sparkling nails with expert mani-pedis. Soft music wafts through the salon as complimentary beverages make customers feel at home and break out into choruses of “Let’s All Go Out to the Lobby.” All services pamper clients with expert nail shaping and cuticle trimming to prepare finger- and toe-palettes for polish, which aestheticians apply in the color of the client's choice. In preparation for the long-lasting no-chip manicure, clients choose from Axxium by OPI, Shellac by CND, or Gelish by Hand and Nail Harmony polishes. No-chip manicures begin with a soothing hand soak and a tension-melting massage. During the signature pedicure, feet unwind in a warm footbath and say goodbye to rough, dry skin with a sea-salt scrub. A cooling mask relieves parched tootsies, and experienced hands massage them into blissful repose with nourishing moisturizers. Spa mani-pedis soothe hands and feet with a warm soak, a moisture-infusing massage, and the promise that newer humans are not born with an upgrade to 22 digits.
Parker's namesake space is fashioned in purposefully minimalistic décor. Flat screens mounted to neutral tiled walls, products artfully arranged on wood shelves, and a glossy floor gives the space an invitingly posh feel. Prices vary according to the stylist's experience level. For an advanced hair shaper, cuts start at $65 for women and $35 for men and children. Book a one-step color service for $65, or try highlights (partial $95, full $115). Appointments with a master stylist start at $95 for women's cut and $65 for men. Or book an appointment with the celebrated coiffeur himself. His masterful ladysnips start at $185, with color services starting at $120 for one-step color and $205 for a full head of highlights.
Unfurling a litany of cutting, coloring, styling, and waxing services, the knowledgeable stylists at Diesel Salon help clients spruce up their look. Continuing education keeps the salon’s coiffure-creators in the know, helping them deliver trendy haircuts for men ($30+) and women ($40+) alike. Single-process color ($50+) can morph redheads into brunettes, and a set of full highlights ($100+) simulates the handsome hair-bleaching effects of a summer on Venus. Prepare for parties by transmogrifying strands’ shape with a fancy updo ($55+) or blow-dry ($35+). When forehead-goatees finally fade from fashion, remove stray hair with a brow shaping ($20+/women or $15+/men) or upper-lip waxing ($15+), or combine the two services, starting at $30.
Armonia Skin Care helps clients refurbish dilapidated frontispieces with spa services that treat such epidermal maladies as wrinkles, acne, and sun damage. To slough off dead skin and polish the facial surface, epidermal experts apply the SkinMedica Vitalize peel, a blend of retinoic acid, peeling solution, and skin cell-chomping Pac-Mans. All skin types can benefit from the treatment, which can be customized to address specific mild to moderate skin conditions. Fine lines, acne scarring, melasma, and tread marks recede as smooth new skin takes the place of the old.
For the past 30 years, the founder of Skincare by Gabrielle has committed herself to seeking out innovative beauty products and technology. Gabrielle spent 15 of those years traveling throughout Southern California with the Chanel cosmetics team, picking up makeup techniques for everyday glamour. At her own skincare center, Gabrielle places an emphasis on epidermal health by offering facials, chemical peels, and microcurrent treatments. She also works as a makeup artist to help customers look their best. Currently, Gabrielle is working toward an NCEA license to be nationally recognized as a leader in the fight against the cosmetic complications of aging skin.
Only when wax reaches a low, comfortable temperature does it get anywhere near legs, bikini areas, or faces at Wax Me Boutique. That’s just one of the ways aestheticians take some of the pain and irritation out of waxing sessions. They also use hard and soft wax made from natural ingredients, including aloe vera or pine tree resin, which pulls hair by the root while leaving behind a smooth, nonsticky finish. When not removing unwanted hair, the aestheticians dollop faces with PCA Skin products during facials and peels.
Located in the heart of La Jolla, White Orchid Salon and Spa is a full-service beauty haven offering services for the hair, nails, and skin, plus specialized care such as makeup applications. Putting clients first, the experienced stylists and estheticians lend personal attention to every customer, making sure styles are on-trend and suited to the individual’s particular taste, personality, and love of beehives. Prior to sessions, clients are welcome to unwind and sip on complimentary coffee or tea in the waiting area.