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.
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.
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.
At Bellus Academy, students offer discounted services to the public in an onsite salon and spa in order to hone their craft. The space features professional equipment that help students gain experience working with same equipment they will find when they enter a premier spa or salon, mirroring the upscale atmosphere of more costly salons or spas. Working under the close supervision of their instructors, the student-stylists pamper clients with anything from cut and color to deep-tissue massage and pomegranate-enzyme facials. The ever-expanding service menu also features several advanced skincare treatments as well, including microdermabrasion and peels.
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.