As a full-service cosmetology, aesthetics, makeup-artistry, and holistic-health school, Bellus offers a range of salon services for follicles of all ferocities. Get a haircut ($15 for women), all-over hair coloring ($35+), 50-minute pomegranate facial ($35), or a brow waxing ($10), among many other options. The comprehensive menu also offers Whiter Image teeth whitening ($50), spray tanning ($30 for 30 minutes), and massage ($30 for a 50-minute Swedish). Though many services are performed by beauty professionals in training, all clinical skincare treatments, such as the Intraceutical hyperbaric oxygen-therapy facial ($70 for 45 minutes) are performed by a licensed aesthetician and include a consultation so that your skinscape’s particular isthmuses and archipelagoes are taken into account.
Licensed aestheticians Nader Harerchan and Pamela Feller draw upon their extensive skincare knowledge to improve clients' skin with their wealth of services. Wielding MD Formulation and Dermalogica products, they firm and tighten faces with photo rejuvenations, use deep-cleansing glycolic acid to reduce acne, and exfoliate dead-skin cells with a diamond microdermabrasion made from recycled royal jewels. For further enhancement, a cellulite-reduction treatment tones bodies and tightens muscles through a combination of electrical muscle stimulation and endermatic therapy. In addition to skincare, Dermal Rejuvenation and Day Spa relaxes clients with massage therapies, nail care, and holistic-chiropractic sessions.
In 2001, the first iTan Sun Spray Spa opened its doors. It had a simple goal—to make clients feel and look lovely with professional tanning services. Today, the spa has more than 20 branches around San Diego, each offering a slightly different assortment of tanning beds, spray-tanning booths, and mechanical spa services.
The Smart Tan–certified staff prioritizes keeping up with tanning technology by stocking state-of-the-art tanning beds such as the Sun Angel, which uses sensors to customize a blend of UVA and UVB rays, practically eliminating overexposure and the need to wear a beekeeper suit to detract from a burn. Many beds come equipped with stereo sound systems, misters, and fans. Just down the hall from these beauty gadgets, Mystic and airbrush machines bronze limbs without UV rays or tan crayons, and mechanical spa machines dispense relaxing red-light treatments, infrared-energy body wraps, and aqua massages.
Jesse Canata has had many roles in her life—cosmetologist, coffeehouse barista, and stage manager, to name a few—but it took a cross-country move to find the role she was born to play. The New Jersey native relocated to San Diego on a quest for self-discovery and was soon introduced to the Body Mind College, where she found the inspiration she had been looking for. Having honed her skills and earned the designation of holistic health practitioner from the school, she put her desire to help people into practice by opening L.I.F.E.S. Passion. Jesse welcomes clients who are tense from working long hours at the circus as human cannonballs into a serene space and helps them relax with all manner of massages, from deep-tissue to shiatsu to Swedish.
Jesse’s dedication to helping others extends from the physical healing of aches and pains to the emotional support she provides in her role as a life coach. A firm believer in holistic counseling, Jesse helps clients navigate their life paths and unearth their passions during in-depth, one-on-one sessions. To be able to help others to the fullest, Jesse regularly attends seminars and classes to continue on her own path of growth, education, and tearing phone books in half.
For Better Health & Wellness Center's Clinic Director LeiLani M. Vidal, there is no such thing as knowing enough. Though she already holds a doctorate and is a board-certified chiropractor, qualified medical examiner, and licensed aesthetician, Dr. Vidal routinely attends advanced training sessions to learn new chiropractic techniques. When not scrawling or skywriting notes, Dr. Vidal can be found educating others during volunteer shifts at the Foundation for Wellness Professionals.
To further broaden her practice's available treatments, Dr. Vidal has assembled an experienced team of professionals from a variety of fields. Massage practitioners ease patients' stresses through reduction therapies, and personal trainers employ their talents as a certified strength-and-conditioning specialists to help improve muscle health. A traditional Chinese medical practitioner brandishes acupuncture and Chinese herbology techniques to soothe bodily stresses without pharmaceuticals or roomfuls of humming grandmothers.