Beautifying bodies from tresses to toes, Reflections' talented staff of skin-smoothers and hair-whisperers treats men and women to a full range of skin and scalp services. Beauty-seekers can step into the calming, mauve-hued sanctuary for the deep-cleansing flush of a 50-minute signature facial. Unwind over a cup of complimentary coffee or tea as a friendly aesthetician dissolves dirt and dust from cheeks, chins, and epidermal cellars below. Gentle exfoliation scours away dead cells and a penetrating mask permeates pores, working to resurrect skin with overt vibrancy and a new lease on life. Aromatherapy and essential oils strike a closing herbal harmony between mind, skin, and nose.
Salon 1500's dedicated stylists perfect coiffures with an array of salon treatments that use high-quality haircare products from brands such as Bumble and bumble and Eufora. A stylist consults with you and your locks to create the most flattering head curtain and seals in shine with a glossing with deep-conditioning treatment that leaves locks as luminous and hydrated as a sports-drink spokeswoman. After a Bumble blow-dry sets styles, clients can practice poststyling struts in Salon 1500's boutique or confuse other patrons by cat-walking circles around the waiting room's wicker chairs.
At the age of 10, Bryan Meyer went on a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. It was on that trip that he first picked up a camera–and he hasn't put it down since. Now, more than four decades later, Bryan continues what has turned into a lifelong journey in photography. He and his Mind's Eye team shoot local conventions, sports events, and celebrations. They also snap more intimate sessions, including families with special needs.
In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
In the colorful, light-filled rooms of Gracy Elements Spa, San Diego Lashes’ specialized aestheticians have perfected one craft: creating long, full lashes with synthetic eyelash extensions. Lashes come in a variety of lengths, thicknesses, materials, and shapes, including the natural J curl, dramatic C curl, and intimidating Z curl for predatory butterfly kisses. During the 1.5- to 2-hour application, the lash artist uses a special adhesive to forge a molecular bond between each falsie and the natural lash, creating a durable hold that helps extensions stay in place for the entirety of the lash's life cycle.
Julianna and Thomas, the artists at Overground Tattoo, merge their individual expertise and artistic influences to create inimitable body art for their clients. Julianna’s steady hands have emblazoned clients with such images as a bespectacled owl with textured yellow wings, whereas Thomas has scripted skin with names, flowers, and inspirational phrases such as Love Your Life and Chew Before You Swallow. After augmenting their clients’ exteriors with tattoos and permanent makeup, the duo arms them with pertinent aftercare tips, such as washing tattoos with antimicrobial soap or not exposing them to the sun lest the sun jealously copies them.