Technicians, artists, and aestheticians at Cloud 9 Treatments lavish individual attention on everyone they beautify. They use special airbrushes to gild skin with custom spray tans. They apply facial treatments to restore hydration and brightness while banishing acne and dead skin, and waxing technicians leave bodies smooth. The staff can also lengthen locks with all natural human-hair extensions.
In Ibiza Hair Design's sleek space, a team of talented stylists practices hair pampering and body bronzing with painstaking precision. During a professional blow-dry treatment, the salon's team of stylists thoroughly lathers tresses, clotheslining dirt with a foaming tag team of Redken, Pureology, and Brazilian Gloss products. Next, deep conditioning lavishes locks with a wealth of moisture and undying devotion, followed by a blow-dry to add volume and bounce. At the treatment's end, hair is ready for savvy stylists to shape into looks ranging from sleek as a seal to curlier than a Slinky in a sauna (valid for everything but an updo).
Santa Barbie helps women locate their "inner Barbie" with a stable of assorted beautification treatments. Emphasizing the feel-good effects of cosmetic concerns, owner and Santa Barbara native Kristen takes several of Santa Barbie's services on the road by offering tanning parties, during which mobile airbrush-tanning equipment allows revelers to jump on the bronzing bandwagon. Kristen also offers refreshing and age-defying facials and a variety of waxing services, keeping clients as youthful and smooth as baby Fonzie.
Coffee Cat and Cafe Zoma satisfy caffeine cravings with a wide selection of freshly roasted fair-trade coffee drinks, and silence grumbling tummies with homemade baked goods, sandwiches, and crêpes. Perk up after an exhausting night of sleepskating with a foamy cappuccino ($3.50) or classic house brew ($1.90). Taste buds can nestle up to one of Coffee Cat’s specialty espresso drinks, such as the chocolate-raspberry mocha ($4.55) or honey-hazelnut latte ($4.20), served hot or iced, or the tantalizing selection of premium loose-leaf teas. Break up sipping, slurping, and gargling regimens with a morning-glory muffin—a freshly baked confection of coconut, carrot, cranberries, and walnuts—a slice of vegan zucchini bread, or a cherry-lemon scone. Homemade fluffy crêpes at the Coffee Cat location serve as a snuggly sleeping bag for sweet and savory concoctions, such as smoked ham, egg, and cheese ($6.95) or banana and Nutella ($6.75).
The nautically-themed 19 Blue Salon and Spa soothes and beautifies visitors using organic, handmade products. Clients opting for the 90-minute mermaid organic facial will enjoy a deep-cleaning mask of botanicals, flower essences, and gem elixirs. A detoxifying sea-salt back scrub cracks down on impurities like waves on a clam, eventually yielding the purity of a pearl, while an invigorating massage frees up stiff torsos. The salon's skilled aesthetician also helps clients kick-start their inner health, bestowing dietary guidance and health supplements.
For the past seven years, The B Boutique's owner, Jamie, has been traveling to Brazil in search of bikinis. Lately, she's been kicking through the sands and surf of Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana and Ipanema beaches or hanging around in São Paulo's Santos district. In these hot spots of South American beach fashion, she scopes out the latest trends, taking the best with her to hang from knotted driftwood racks at her boutique in Isla Vista. These colorful, skimpy bikinis bridge the gap between The B Boutique's retail and spa dimensions—in order to strut the bikinis with confidence, one must have a smooth, stubble-free body.
In private rooms, Jamie removes hair with a "no-scream cream" that minimizes discomfort for very sensitive skin that always cries at the end of Bambi. To give clients a midsummer glow, she mists them with Bronze Biologic's tanning solution—an organic formula derived from beet and sugar-cane extract and aloe vera. To round out her spa menu, Jamie spruces up fingers and toes with luxurious mani-pedis, submerging feet in aromatic whirlpool baths and massaging hands before lacquering nails with professional polishes.
At Headlines & Company, savvy stylists wield products from lines such as Moroccanoil, Pureology, Keratin Complex, and DNA CryoStem Cell Therapy to color and coif tresses and pamper visages within a building steeped in history. The salon's wavy terra-cotta roof tiles, bubbling patio fountain, and cathedral wood beam supporting an elegant chandelier emphasize the Spanish roots of a building that used to be Charlie Chaplin’s Flying A Studio, according to the salon. Its 50-foot walls continue the tradition of supporting art by exhibiting work from local artists, which, like a lazy Tasmanian devil, rotates every three months.