At her eponymous spa, skincare expert Colleen Elizabeth takes a holistic approach to beauty, favoring long-term solutions over one-time treatments. Her recommendations during a complimentary consultation can range from minor changes to an at-home skincare regimen to a series of medical-grade services at the spa. Either way, clients will be in good hands. Colleen Elizabeth personally selects all of her spa's skincare products from top-quality lines such as GloMinerals and Ayur-Medic, and many others are custom-made, like the stamps doctors use to give each newborn baby its fingerprints. In-spa services include advanced treatments such as electrotherapy facials and full-body chemical peels, as well as standard facials, plus makeup, waxing, and massages.
While alchemists never managed to transmute lead into gold, Geneva De la Rouge may be considered a modern alchemist. She uses her knowledge of the aesthetic elements?essential oils, nutrient-rich clay, and other natural ingredients?to transform skin from looking timeworn to youthful. Geneva customizes her elixirs to suit a wide range of skin types, which she differentiates by using the five elements of Chinese medicine as a guide. For each of these elements, such as fire?which is responsible for blotchy red skin?Geneva employs the elemental opposite, balancing dry skin with moisture, sallow skin with nutrients, and irritated skin with a fire extinguisher.
Signature Service: Collagen induction therapy
Brands Used: Boutique products made in the USA
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Arrive on time and be in the mood to relax.
Q&A with the Owner / Esthetician
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
We offer a select menu of treatments that have given us a reputation in Santa Barbara as the place to go for eyelash extensions, facial exercise lessons, and collagen induction therapy. Clients love our treatments because they are all-natural alternatives to facelifts, fillers, and Botox.
Do you agree with the phrase "beauty is on the inside?" Why or why not?
Beauty is on the inside and on the outside. We believe that our clients are beautiful on the inside already, and it is our job to let that beauty shine through to the outside in the most natural way possible.
Tamara Peace found her calling when she graduated from beauty school in 1978, which likely came as no surprise as the profession runs in the family—her grandmother and her great aunt both practiced cosmetology. Tamara went on to work in relaxed salons where she specialized in coiffing hair into beach-friendly styles and developed the ability to create natural-looking, sun-kissed highlights beloved by Southern Californians. Throughout the years, the makeup artist and hairstylist has showcased her skills not only at salons, but also on the photography sets, where she has readied actors and models for their close ups and powdered camera lenses that were too shiny.
Qui Si Bella Spa's devotion to holistic and eco-friendly products doesn't stop with its organic herbs or eucalyptus-scented steam?even the spa's Kangen ionized water is specially purified to retain maximum mineral content. Rainforest herbs and organic ingredients comprise facials inspired by different world cultures, and scrubs and wraps refresh skin with coconut-milk soaks and botanical-infused scrubbing salts. Qui Si Bella?s staff also massages sore muscles, treats digits to manicures and pedicures, and applies permanent makeup to eyes, eyebrows, and lips. Additional services such as chiropractic, weight management, nutritional programs, and hydrocolon therapy led by Sandra Sphar help round out the spa's menu.
Depending on their beauty goals, the clients of About Faces Salon & Spa report to one of several aesthetic divisions. Owner Denise Walden Cooper, for example, acts as the resident skincare expert. With her aesthetics team behind her, she leads the fight against blemishes and signs of aging with products from Dermalogica and Jane Iredale. She also takes advantage of newer technologies, such as a facial add-on that uses stem cells from plants, striving to increase collagen production and allow flowers placed behind your ear to root there permanently.
Across the space, whose beige walls are accented by oversize mirrors, wooden salon stations, and shelving stocked with colorful products for sale, hairstylists craft both edgy and simple 'dos. Their Redken, Goldwell, and Pureology formulas nourish and color locks, and their complex updos prep clients for big events. Mani-pedis, waxing services, body treatments, and massages round out the salon's menu, which readily accommodates large groups and wedding parties.