The scent of custom-blended essential oils mingles in the air with the bright, natural fragrances of Aveda shampoos and styling products at Salon Lux's two San Luis Obispo locations. All stylists must complete advanced training at the Salon Lux Academy before they're qualified to perform the signature treatments—haircuts, highlights, and special-occasion styles for weddings or formal jazzercise classes. On the spa side of the salon, massage therapists and aestheticians begin each service with a warm footbath and aromatherapy treatment. Wielding their arsenal of Aveda products, the technicians pamper clients with polishing body wraps, plant-based waxing, and facials revved up with gemstone powders and glucosamine treatments. Full-body massages come with customized pressure and foot-reflexology techniques, and can be shared by two friends or a pair of mortal enemies looking to rekindle their hatred for each other.
Cozy treatment rooms with exposed-brick walls put patrons' minds and bodies at ease in preparation for detailed pampering. Bella Vera Day Spa's talented beauty gurus coddle mugs masterfully during the 45-minute refresher facial, designed to remind cheeks how to best imitate a baby's bottom. A licensed massage therapist alleviates nagging knots during the 60-minute "not so basic" muscle remix, which uses intuitive, free-flowing strokes to foster deep relaxation. Boots burdened with crying tootsies can acquire peace, quiet, and tiny paintings through an indulgence spa pedicure, which buffs away phalange dirt to make digits glow like lint during cosmic bowling.
Indulgence Salon & Spa's stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians are equally comfortable creating subtle, natural looks and bolder styles. The stylists blend hair extensions made from real human hair seamlessly into existing locks and whip up natural-looking color using a combination of highlights and lowlights. They also arrange hair into soft updos that, like Justin Bieber tattoos, look equally eye-catching on both teenagers and older women.
For those who want more dramatic looks, the hair experts coat strands with luminous hues, and the nail technicians paint daring nail designs onto pointed talons. Permanent-makeup technicians make lips stand out with vibrant reds or dot subtle pigments onto lash lines.
Situated in a historic neighborhood under the shadow of Sequoia National Park, Liza's Day Spa steeps the senses in tranquility with essential-oil aromas, Asian-inspired décor, and the sounds of burbling water. Skilled massage therapists mend tense backs with modalities ranging from Swedish and deep tissue to shiatsu and craniosacral, each helping to eradicate tension, chronic pain, and ill feelings toward mouthy shoulder blades. In a bath of warm, polished stones, patrons wiggle digits to prep them for the gentle shaping and polishing of hot-stone mani-pedis, and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion and custom facials help exfoliate and hydrate the skin.
The team at Ts3 Lash & Skin Lounge specializes in eyelash extensions and enhancements to leave clients looking their best. Salon owner and certified lash specialist Suzy Renteria applies Xtreme Lash extensions to lids, upping the drama of everyday glances. In addition to their staple lash services, Ts3 also treats skin to clarifying facials and peels, waxes away unwanted fuzz, and creates sleek dos with blowout services.
Certified massage therapist and licensed aesthetician Shawna Young unburdens achy muscles and unearths fresher faces with massage and skincare services that she adapts to fit each client's particular needs. A one-hour massage conforms to the pressure intensity level that the client desires, lightly caressing tired muscles with Swedish strokes, untying knotted tendons with deep-tissue techniques, or dismissing physical or emotional trauma with cranial sacral therapy. Expectant mothers unwind during a prenatal massage, which cradles bodies with a pregnancy pillow to alleviate the strain that results in leg cramps, backaches, and bowling defeats.