Shear Illusions Salon & Spa’s Portia Milner has parlayed her experience styling models for runway shows and her position as an artistic educator for Pravana Naturceuticals into a career at the welcoming beauty emporium. She snips and styles strands, accenting them with color and lengthening them with extensions or noodles. Instead of using foil for highlights, she uses plastic wrap in order to get as close to the scalp as possible, which helps the color last longer. Portia also tames frizzy hair with keratin straightening services.
Also working at Shear Illusions is hairstylist Linda Knowlton, who tucks two decades of experience into her beauty belt, including earning an MBA in international business and working as a top seller for Matrix Haircolor. Linda’s styling strengths include precision cutting for all lengths of hair, though long hair is her specialty, as well as masterfully coloring locks to create natural hues or edgier styles.
While hormones are famous for being the root cause behind most adolescent anguish, at Progressive Health & Wellness, the team focuses on the medical maladies they can cause. Dr. Prakash K. Bhatia, one of the two doctors that helm the clinic, specializes in bio-identical hormone-replacement therapy, which neutralizes symptoms of hormone imbalance from depression to hair loss and weight gain. The staff can also catalyze slimdowns with alternative methods, including recommending diet and exercise regimens and prescribing appetite suppressants. Additionally, they tend to physiques with primary-care appointments, boost patients' energy levels and immune systems with B12 shots, and offer aesthetic treatments such as wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections, laser hair removal, and chemical peels.
With acute awareness of the physical, aesthetic, and energetic changes that accompany aging, the staff of EC Medical Group aims to reunite clients with their younger selves. HCG injections work in tandem with low-calorie diets custom-built for each client, helping to dissolve weight gained from slowed metabolism. Medical aesthetic treatments employ modern technologies that range from microdermabrasion and dermal fillers to lasers that diminish age spots and glide over hickeys without judgment. EC's trained technicians address internal fluctuations as well, performing extensive medical consultations in order to design regimens of natural hormone-replacement therapy.
The technicians at Rapid Results Bodywraps use the highest level of mineral solution to help their clients reduce the appearance of cellulite, tighten lax skin, and fit into an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini. In addition to their suite of body-wrap services, the team of beauty experts also offer waxing treatments, facials, XpressSmile teeth whitening, and ionic footbaths.
Friendly receptionists, rustic stone walls, and a soothing green palette greet visitors in the lobby of East County Wellness Center, setting the stage for relaxing sessions of therapeutic massage. Within a private room outfitted with an integrated sound system, licensed therapists help patients tackle chronic discomfort without the need for risky shoulder transplants, employing modalities that range from the relaxing strokes of hot stone and Swedish massage to the more targeted treatments of craniosacral and reflexology therapy. Meanwhile, the support staff takes careful note of each client's medical history, physical ailments, and preferences, ensuring a unique, custom experience for each visit.
For the past two decades, Chi Nguyen has covered all her beauty bases. She’s been a massage therapist, an aesthetician, a hairstylist, and a registered nurse. As the owner of Chinergy Med Spa & Skin Care, which sits tucked within Beauty & Body Lounge, Chi works alongside her staff, performing traditional spa and medspa services. Chinergy's approach to skincare mimics the methodical nature of its medically trained founder: after performing a skin analysis to determine each client's skin type and facial structure, the staff creates a treatment plan. Depending on the findings, the plan may include IPL photofacials, injections of dermal fillers, or simple chemical peels. The technicians can also use a Cutera CoolGlide laser system to erase spider veins bulging along the legs, hair sprouting from the back, and aliens bursting from the stomach.
For owner and licensed medical aesthetician Jane Bulner, Refine Body & Skin Care is the culmination of a journey that began in her native land of Thailand. Her drive for skincare and aesthetics led her to graduate from Bellus Academy in Poway in 2002. She walked across the stage with suitcase in hand, flying from her graduation platform to San Diego, where she would continue training under Dr. Jonas LaForge of Meridian Medical. Her studies in Lapex 2000 BCS lipolaser treatments and other medical aesthetic services solidified her skills and confidence, leading her to open Refine Body & Skin Care. And today, alongside her partner-in-beauty, William Murphy, MD, Bulner takes care of body hair and other exterior issues with waxing treatments, facial services, and advanced laser systems.