Owned by former San Diego Charger Clinton Hart and his wife, Kelli, The Brick House Salon & Spa welcomes visitors into a 1920s-era home built with the spa's namesake slate-gray brick. From this homey setting, a team of beauty experts takes a detailed approach in each hair, skin, and massage service they perform. Sleek black salon chairs cradle heads of hair and the bodies that love them as stylists snip and sculpt locks into face-flattering arrangements, and a fireplace-furnished room across the house stocks colorful bottles of styling products for at-home care. Upstairs, aestheticians perform facials that evict dirt and restore youth better than Disneyland's construction company, and massage therapists melt away tension with focused, customized strokes. Tired feet can traipse downstairs to the dedicated mani-pedi room, where nail specialists soften and refine digits before crowning them in colorful standard or long-lasting Shellac polishes.
Botanical formulas meet modern technology at Face & Body Tonics, where beauty technicians rely on both to design spa treatments that enhance bodies' health and appearance from the inside out. The spa’s cosmetic-teeth-whitening treatments exemplify this approach, pairing a pH-balanced whitening formula with light, pressure, and heat to erase stains caused by drinking coffee and eating oil paintings of fruit. The spa's licensed-massage therapist, Angel, specializes in Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage. Among the spa’s skin-and-body treatments, mummy-style body wraps crafted from an aloe-herb solution work to restore skin's firmness and elasticity. This ancient-Egyptian method finds its space-age counterpart in the infrared technology of a Solocarbon sauna that raises the body’s temperature to detoxify tissue, reduce chronic pain, and aid in weight loss.
Along with a license in massage therapy and a certification in personal training, Julie Hollwedel has practiced chiropractic techniques for more than three years. Julie is trained in medical massage, active isolated stretching, deep-tissue work, and structural energetic therapy. Her wide range of expertise allows her to combine different techniques when catering to the needs of each client. She also offers relaxation, therapeutic, prenatal, and hot-stone massage to relax and balance the body. Additionally, she sloughs off dead skin and living dead skin with salt scrubs, nourishes appendages with paraffin treatments, and delights olfactory systems with aromatherapy as supplements to massage sessions.
Licensed massage therapist Marcy Lynne Allen understands clients face a daunting task in carving out free time, so she helps them out by scheduling most of her appointments for the evening and weekend. Working out of the Blakely House, she tailors each session with differing modalities, drawing largely upon Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. With the long, gliding strokes of Swedish massage, Marcy applies light to medium pressure, relieving tension while also stimulating circulation and lymphatic movement. She then targets areas of chronic pain with deep-tissue work, excavating tension and valuable rubies buried in muscles' deepest layers.
Founded in 1998 at 209 North Magnolia Street, Salon 209 moved through three locations—including a former bank, vault and all—before settling into its current storefront. There, owner and master stylist Laura Burgoon and her team revitalize clients' looks among blond wood floors and apple-, rose-, and honey-colored walls. Nail technicians, aestheticians, and a massage therapist comprise the staff, who fight against beauty's arch nemesis—a perpetually foggy mirror—with a full menu of salon services using professional products from brands such as Redken and Pureology.
Colors & Shapes transforms into a European getaway with nothing more than a few cans of paint and a talented artist. Faux marbled walls in soft gold tones surround the staff, yielding only to a faux painted window with a scene of a rolling countryside. Inside this cozy respite from daily life, professionals cut and color hair, cover fingernails and toenails with vibrant polish, and bronze clients with a trip to the tanning bed. They cap off beautifying treatments with teeth-whitening services.