Inside the creative and upbeat atmosphere of Adora Bella Salon, independent nail technician and eyelash extensionist Rubie Feliciano maintains a loyal clientele due to her skilled hands, personal attention, and vast array of beautifying services. During nail treatments, Rubie pampers nails with precision shaping before decorating tips with acrylic Rockstar nails, whose glitter finish transforms toes into excellent catfish noodling lures. Durable shellac coats enhance glove-filling surfaces with a glossy, durable shine that can last for up to two weeks. Rubie also offers traditional spa mani-pedis, performs polish changes, does French nails, and offers an array of gel and acrylic options
At Star Nails, beauty professional Holly uses sanitary tools and top-notch products to renovate visages and leave cuticles looking classy in less than an hour. An upper-lip wax eliminates unwanted peach fuzz around the pie hole to remove all obstacles impeding the rapid consumption of both peaches and pies. Or, those boasting bushy brows can opt to send Holly's depilating prowess northward to restore order to frazzled forehead feelers. Nails prone to chips and scratches find themselves filed, buffed, and prettily protected beneath a lustrous layer of gel-like polish during the Shellac manicure, whereas the hot spa mani-pedi swaps out the tough stuff for a traditional coat of polish, lavishing each piggy with unrivaled pampering and sending them back into the world ready to sport winter sandals and fingerless motorcycle gloves with pride.
Even though pink is her favorite color, salon owner Kat Daniels designed her salon to cater to the pampering needs of both men and women. The result is a cozy, balanced mix of masculine and feminine elements, including mocha-tinted walls, sleek styling chairs, animal-print accents, and the occasional tasteful pop of fuchsia. Ladies and gents can both appreciate the attention to detail Kat and her staff bring to haircuts, mani-pedis, and skin services such as microcurrent facials, as well as the shop's arsenal of top-of-the-line products bearing names such as Redken, Pureology, and Dermalogica. The staff goes above and beyond with indulgent extras such as head, neck, and shoulder massages and men's hot-towel treatments, but above all else, they pride themselves on creating a peaceful, quiet atmosphere where clients can escape from day-to-day stress and door-to-door salesmen.
Anousheh Motamedi began styling hair in Germany and France, prepping models' mops for Europe's glitzy runway shows, according to 92131 magazine. After arriving in the United States, she set up shop with her accomplice Nadi Dadsetan, but her focus soon became distinctly local. Finding that the city's beauty-school graduates lacked a solid hands-on foundation, the two snapped up the most promising San Diego stylists, instituting on-the-job training to hone their skills. Today that local focus remains, with the studio acting as a community in itself and regularly throwing its support behind charities and local women's shelters.
Inside the salon, Motamedi and Dadsetan work alongside their 11 associates as they beautify bodies from the head down. Shimmering metal dividers entice the eye with irregular oval holes while eclectic chandeliers hang from above the styling stations where experts snip hair into new 'dos. Color and deep-conditioning treatments leave each strand looking its best, complementing new beauty brought out by facials, nailcare, and hair removal. Bridal packages can also primp wedding parties with updos and cosmetics to ensure brides look their best and bridesmaids don't leave makeup on the cake when they dive in face first.
The experienced keratin whisperers at French Nails & Spa pamper paws amid neutral tones and periwinkle accents. During each 45-minute spa mani-pedi, technicians slather flippers with an aromatherapeutic spa serum before curtailing cuticles and exfoliating careworn feet. As hands relish a soothing hot-oil application, manicurists gently massage muscles weary from stress and egos weary from losing peekaboo contests to babies. Alternatively, the deluxe pedicure focuses on hooves with the same aromatherapy spa serum and a mineral exfoliating scrub. After technicians clip cuticles and massage dogs, guests select two additional foot-centric treatments, which can include a cooling gel, paraffin wax, callus treatment, or mask. Paraffin waxes and callus treatments soften epidermal sheathes, foot masks cleanse subankle pores, and cooling gels help toes impress their peers with esoteric music references.
A sparkling chandelier, mirrors in gilded frames, a marbled Corinthian pillar. Ultra Lux Salon and Day Spa would live up to its name by décor alone. But once patrons slide into chairs, a team of hairstylists extends pampering still further by snipping off split ends, coloring locks, and adding length with extensions. Spa services such as massages, manicures, and waxing soothe bodies as well as strands.
Colorful Chinese artwork and intricate wooden panels festoon the walls inside Cherry Blossom Spa & Foot Reflexology. Relaxing music slowly bounces from wall to wall inside the traditional Chinese spa as nail technicians paint keratin sheets in vibrant nail polish colors. They also gently tackle head, neck, and stomach aches using foot reflexology and papier-mâché voodoo dolls.