The continually educated stylists at Salon L harness the latest in tress technology to tame unruly locks into shiny, regal manes. Precision haircuts begin with a sudsy shampoo that includes a soothing scalp massage to help overworked gray-matter guardians to unwind, followed by a coat of frizz-combating conditioner ($45+). Acrid headscapes can opt for a deep-conditioning treatment that infuses strands with shine-inducing moisture and washes away cactuses and tumbleweeds ($25+). A single-process hair color or glaze ($45+) or partial foil highlights ($60+) paint locks in countenance-complementing color. A dizzying array of additional services such as perms ($55–$120), updos ($45+), and makeup applications round out the salon's coif-centric offerings. The modern hair hub woos clients with complimentary bang trims between appointments, heartfelt mixed tapes, and makeup touchups.
Located on the tranquil grounds of the Newport Beach Marriott, Pure Blu Spa relaxes and rejuvenates guests with a suite of amenities and services. Patrons clad in complimentary robes and slippers lounge in steam rooms and work out tension against the jets of whirlpool tubs. Cold-water footbaths revitalize weary feet, while a heated saltwater pool simulates the feeling of a dip in the ocean, including a miniature plane towing an insurance company banner. Services are available à la carte and in packages, and include custom massages, detoxifying body treatments, and oxygenating facials.
The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder’s Reader’s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line and encrusting toes with Swarovski crystals. In addition to brining beauty and relaxation within grasp, each location expands the reach of Western medicine with alternative therapies for pain relief and programs geared toward new mothers and oncology patients. Contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to health care, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free. Attentive to both human and environmental health, Spa Gregorie's efforts to reduce waste, energy consumption, and chemical use earned OC Metro's 2011 Green Team award.
In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, “Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.” This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists, as well as the saint bernards that dig them out from under piles of laurel wreaths each day.
Browse Courtney Wesson's portfolio and you'll see some striking highlights and color work reflecting her 17 years of industry experience. But that's not the stylist's only specialty: she also provides perms, conditioning treatments, and most elaborately, NXS hair extensions.
For more than 14 years, master stylist Dennis Lee has developed expertise in hairstyling while hopping from one prestigious salon to another, participating in Passion magazine photo shoots, working at fashion weeks in New York and LA, and styling the hair of royalty. Now at Armando, a Joshua Christopher salon, he cuts and styles hair based on individual texture, thickness, and proximity to balloons. He uses color techniques grounded in geometry and renders keratin treatments to reduce frizz while increasing shine. With every service, he takes into consideration the client’s needs, desires, and individual characteristics.
Armando - A Joshua Christopher Salon enlivens locks with quality products from Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, and Bumble and Bumble. The artful staff includes master colorists and stylists, all of whom help to beautify clients with customized haircuts, color packages, Brazilian keratin treatments, and sundry waxing services. With the right combination of products from Moroccanoil and Tigi, the stylists also help leave hair feeling as light and soft as the op-eds in Cat Fancy.