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.
The Lash Out Loud experts lengthen existing fringe with regular, jeweled, colored, and glittery eyelash extensions. They also complete clients’ revamped visages with a makeup application for special occasions such as weddings, sleep studies, and proms.
Getting fit doesn't have to be just a boring routine. At Shape-Up Fitness Center, each workout can be a little different than the one before. One day might call for an invigorating spin workout in the brand-new, 29-bike studio; another day might include a Vinyasa Flow yoga or cardio dance class. Along with the wide variety of group classes, the newly renovated fitness center also has more than 40 state-of-the-art cardio machines. And after a great workout, members can treat themselves to a revitalizing facial or an infrared sauna treatment at the Shape-Up facial lounge and spa.
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.