Aspects Advanced Face and Body may not be for the indecisive. Its vast menu of treatments spans the entire spectrum of spa options. This staggering range of treatments goes from decadent massages to beautifying facials and waxing sessions. For clients who truly can’t make up their minds, those who need a little extra time away from home, or those on the run from bounty hunters, Aspects tempts with a number of spa packages.
The staff at Aqua Wellness Day Spa knows that rejuvenation may require either beautification or relaxation, and with their services, they have both covered. For the former, microdermabrasion sloughs away dead cells to leave skin brighter, as does the Eminence skin-firming facial, which also fights signs of aging. A makeup application can further enhance freshened skin. As for relaxation, the staff performs therapeutic massages and soothing body scrubs, and they lead mind-clearing yoga classes at the spa.
Owner and licensed aesthetician Luciana Mueller trained in Brazil and uses natural waxes imported from Brazil to gently extricate unwelcome tendrils and smoothen sensitive areas for up to five weeks. Lip waxing ($15) encourages silken smooches, and eyebrow shaping ($15) enables newly beautified faces to express the gamut of human emotion—from happiness to unbridled happiness—in utmost style. Defuzz underams ($20) and lower arms ($35) or prep for the beach with a Brazilian bikini wax ($65). Waxing provides longer-lasting hairlessness than shaving, and when the hair does come back after a few weeks, it's meek, soft, and easily scared back into the follicle with banging pans or the threat of another round of wax.
The stylists at Coiffed Hair Studio can do most anything, from trimming bangs to styling special-occasion updos to helping customers pronounce the salon's name correctly (it's kwa:ft). In addition to single-process color and face-framing highlights, the team can coat manes with texturizing treatments, smooth curls with Japanese hair-straightening techniques, and add hair extensions to help clients look taller when frightened.
"Sano" means health, and that is the focus of the staff members at the Sano Spa at Casa Munras Hotel - Monterey as they perform beauty and wellness treatments, such as massages, facials, and waxing services, using natural ingredients and essential oils. The spa's four spacious rooms are each equipped to host an array of treatments, including facials, massages, and body wraps and scrubs. Rich, exotic ingredients pervade each treatment, such as pure beeswax and aromatherapy oils incorporated into custom massages, or the marine-based serums used in the youth-glow facial, which evokes radiance unseen since before faces learned that the Fountain of Youth isn't real. The nourishing elements of brown sugar, seaweed oils, and coconut body butters bolster eight types of body treatments including wraps, scrubs, and baths. Sano's skilled technicians also provide makeup applications for special occasions and airbrush bodies with a natural-looking, sunless tan that makes the sun second-guess its relevance.
Between treatments at the upscale retreat, robe- and slipper-clad clients lounge beneath alcoves draped with ivory linens as they sip on cups of hot tea or a re-mineralizing cocktail. Lush plants and vibrant flowers weave around Sano Spa's outdoor garden, where patrons soak in the sun as they ease into a steamy Jacuzzi or curl up next to the glowing fire pit.
Armed with ace styling skills, savvy scissors, and friendly personalities, Artisans’ hair whisperers coax and tease manes into top shape seven days a week. Shrewd shears evict split ends at haircut appointments ($55+), while negative ions scare strands straight at Japanese straightening sessions ($150 for the first hour, $100 for each additional hour). An ammonia-free tint touch-up makes dull head threads glow anew, attracting the ghosts of ravers past ($75+). Guests seeking more length or volume may try a bundle of 100% human-hair extensions, adding beehives and mohawks to their list of potential date-night ’dos ($400 for the first bundle). The circlets of a new perm spring from scalps, suggesting youth and energy ($110+).