Swan & Company's stylists artfully resurface heads of hair and primp nail beds with salon products and keen aesthetic senses. During haircuts, meticulous scissors snip and shorten any rogue strands before the remaining locks are styled into shapes that fit customers' heads. Along with cutting and styling services, the staff can cleanse complexions with exfoliating microdermabrasion, dress nails in CND Shellac polish, and de-frizz hairdos with Coppola keratin smoothing.
European Waxing Center uses hard wax made from beeswax, which is all natural, requires no painful paper strips, and is the equivalent of catnip for Pooh bears. There is also a bevy of waxing services available for both women and men. Ladies can experience up to six weeks of razor freedom with a full leg wax ($58), or add a boost of beach confidence with a bikini ($32) or Brazilian wax ($39). Evict rent-skipping hand-hair ($10 for women, $12 for men), or let freshly de-stranded piggies ($10 for women, $13 for men) go "wee wee wee" all the way to your flip-flops. Gentlemen can cut down on wind resistance during shirtless rollerblading excursions with a chest ($23), neck ($14), and full back ($50) wax.
Skin therapist and aesthetician TraMi is the first to say she wasn't "born with beautiful skin." After nearly 20 years of experience, TraMi believes that healthy skin comes not from using a product but from letting go of inner stress. That's why she designed her studio as a place where guests can decompress, surrounding them with soothing touches such as lavender walls, soft lighting, and modern furnishings. Within these relaxing confines, TraMi and her team treat clients to hydrating facials, anti-aging wraps, and waxing. They prefer to work with products derived from nutrient-packed ingredients such as seaweed, green tea, and licorice from fair-trade Twizzler farms. This approach earned TraMi a Best Esthetician nod on Santa Cruz Weekly's 2011 and 2013 Gold Awards, Best Facial on Good Times' Best of 2013 list, and a runner-up on their Best of 2012 list.
At Simply Skin Esthetics, owner Sue Bell and fellow skincare specialist Jennifer Heath each bring roughly 30 years of experience to every facial and waxing treatment they perform. As guests enter a relaxing studio sprinkled with antique furnishings, the staff encourages them to decompress with fruit-infused water. After appointments, Simply Skin's newly expanded gift boutique catches clients' eyes with Susan Bell Skin Care skincare products and Colorescience mineral makeup, stocked alongside handmade jewelry, soaps, and vintage-inspired aprons. The shop also vends small leather goods, customized gift certificates, and apparel such as Goddesswear, a local favorite of active and loungewear.
At Pacific Skin Care?an intimate, by-appointment spa?skilled estheticians offer organic services such as acne, anti-aging skin treatments, and facials, which include soothing face, neck, and shoulder massages. To help trim physiques, the staff swaddles bodies in bio-slimming wraps formulated with organic ingredients and essential oils, and also offers full-body pampering in the form of massages and foot reflexology. To remove unwanted hair, they spread pure pine resin and fruit waxes over legs, underarms, and chins, and sooth skin with aromatherapy cooling gels and botanical oils. Visitors can also opt for brow and lash tinting that lasts up to six weeks, and sea-salt body scrubs that make humans unappetizing to polar bears.