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.
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.
Shine Blow Dry Bar offers upscale blow-dry services to residents of Santa Barbara and beyond. During treatments, a team of expert stylists wash hair with fragrant and hydrating shampoos as guests sip champagne or nibble gourmet cupcakes. After relaxing scalp massages, the stylists break out the blow-dryers, fluffing and curling hair into red-carpet-ready ?dos that are perfect for special occasions or memorable nights out. Shine currently operates two locations, both sporting a classic, feminine vibe with cream-colored walls, sparkling chandeliers, and ornate mirrors that reflect each guest's elaborate princess gown.
Located just five minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, Duyanh at Dolce Vista Salon offers a wide range of services. Within the salon's warm, elegant interior, Duyanh puts her 11 years of experience to use as she treats nails with high-quality products during spa manicures and spa pedicures and offers add-on services, such as callous treatments. All sessions take place in a private room with clients in a comfortable massage chair.
Inside a stylish space bedecked with posters of Hollywood icons such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn, the nine staffers of Legends Hair Salon revamp their clients' looks with hair, makeup, nail, and waxing services. Zebra prints and red decor help to create a fun, funky vibe as stylists retool 'dos using Redken products and each head's operating manual.
A Signature Spa provides a soothing boutique setting for pampering, beautification, and evading warrant-toting posses. Each Stress Melt Away package begins by treating pool propellers to a hot stone foot soak with eucalyptus while their owners knock back a complimentary beverage and light snack. Next, a potent combo of steam room and infrared sauna detoxes the body of such common poisons as poison, while a Swiss shower cleanses the corpus in a neutral, conflict-eluding locale. An application of cocoa-butter body moisturizer turns your dry skin's desert into a skin dessert, giving it the smoothness and sweet flavor of a relaxed, spreadable concoction that pairs well with toasted bread. A Signature Spa's technicians will then get the cranium tingling with the sweet smells of a peppermint scalp massage. The entire two-hour relaxathon wraps up with a 50-minute full-body massage that leaves you feeling as loose and limber as a spider monkey after yoga class.