Face to Face welcomes visitors to relax with services that range from time-tested massage techniques to revitalizing skin care treatments. Inside, licensed aesthetician and massage practitioner Emily Robinson designs customized facials, working with each client's skin composition to bring out their most glowing visage. She also administers massages such as the holistic Shiatsu treatment, which focuses on restoring the body's natural flow of energy, also known as qi. Beyond attending ongoing courses to stay abreast of the latest skincare breakthroughs, Emily draws from background in science and nutrition that leaves her particularly suited to help skin feel as healthy as it looks.
The steady-handed beauticians at Eyebrow Art meticulously neaten eyebrows, upper lips, and other areas of the face with an ancient hair-removal technique that reveals smooth, fuzz-free skin. At their seven salon locations, they roll twists of cotton thread quickly over clients’ skin to remove hair at the follicle––a safer method of hair removal than standing next to a sneezing dragon. Throughout the process, clients lean back in comfortable chairs as the staff gently escorts unwanted stubble from the premises.
From red-wine facials to grape-seed-oil massages, the vinotherapists at Vino + Therapy Studio introduce a wine-grape component to each of their soothing spa treatments, aiming to exhibit the healing and rejuvenating properties of wine used during the beautification process. That’s thanks to owner Nena Benson, who draws inspiration from the vinoterapia spas popular in Tuscany. She touts the revitalizing effects of wine grapes; the acids can enhance circulation, for instance, and age-fighting antioxidants and resveratrol help strengthen and protect delicate tissues.
Because Vino + Therapy Studio has paired with local wineries, guests can also sip boutique wines and nibble Italian small plates at the sidewalk patio before or after treatments. Clients can even pair a day at the spa with a wine tour, during which they sample sips from the capacious cellars and naturally occurring wine geysers of several Central Coast vineyards.
A full-service salon and spa, Shell Beach Salon & Spa strives to meet all of its clients’ beauty and relaxation needs under one roof with a range of services. In the salon, hairstylists create striking ‘dos with expert cuts, perms, relaxing treatments, extensions, and updos for special occasions or to help clients meet roller coasters’ height requirements. For nail services, customers can request natural and organic products. Aestheticians renew faces with specialized skincare treatments such as ultrasonic anti-aging facials, microdermabrasion, and TCA chemical peels. Shell Beach Salon & Spa uses GlyMed Plus products, which are distributed only to select licensed skincare providers.
California runs through Kellie June’s veins. She was born on the Central Coast, and only left briefly to get a professional skincare education and beautify models on photo shoots and fashion shows in Austin. But as soon as she returned, she quickly funneled her newfound skills into helping people in her home state. Today, she flaunts her professional techniques in rejuvenating facials and peels, elegant makeup services, and wink-boosting eyelash extensions and tinting procedures. She also excels at waxing, wielding a gentle touch and thorough post-care instructions for each of her bikini, Brazilian, body, and facial waxing services to ensure skin stays smooth and comfortable.
Jodene Gomez founded Evolution Salon with a single goal in mind: to treat individuals to hair and skin services tailored to their needs. As she has learned from her diverse base of clientele—"I have customers that are tattooed guys and customers that are 70-year-old ladies," she recently explained to the Valley Journal—those needs are not always the same. To achieve the look that each client has in mind, Gomez’s stylists augment their own skills with several lines of professional salon products. Among their favorite product lines are the plant-based White Sands and the Zerran hair-smoothing system, the latter of which straightens locks without the use of formaldehyde or a repurposed electrical outlet. Before or after their treatments, clients can browse the salon’s inventory of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and MidiQueen handbags.