DeeDee Heidarian, once named "Most Merciful Bikini Waxer" by Marie Claire magazine, brings more than 20 years of aesthetics experience to her hair-removal, body, and beauty treatments. Television reporters, Hollywood stuntwomen, and Cousin Itt impersonators alike trust her deft hands to depilate their stubbly parts or rejuvenate their skin with products by Jan Marini, Yon-ka, Dermalogica, and Jane Iredale.
Much has changed in the beauty industry since Charlotte Cloutier began working more than 30 years ago. But, in spite of the change, the salon specialist stays sharp, scouting out the latest trends and innovations, and refusing to let her clients fall behind. At Cloutier Le Salon, Charlotte leads a team of professionals versed in services ranging from manicures, pedicures, and nourishing facials to haircuts and color services. To achieve desired hair effects, the salon stocks professional-grade products by Redken and Moroccanoil, as well as Thermafuse—which works in conjunction with heated styling tools to protect hair—and Therapy-G—which neutralizes toxins, free radicals, and DHT to protect thinning hair and stimulate new scalp blossoms.
A certified personal trainer, former professional body builder, and now the owner of Rachel Zeskind's Total Body Center, Rachel Zeskind leads a staff of fitness gurus that is passionate about fitness and total-body wellness. They specialize in yoga, personal training, Pilates, and boot camps. Yogis offer specialty yoga classes, including mommy and me and sports-injury yoga. The staff also conducts hot classes such as hot Pilates, hot yoga, and hot cardio barre.
When its icy beauty isn't adding a tony touch to episodes of CSI, Blue Medi Spa spruces up the pages of publications from Allure to the Wall Street Journal. Blue's medical director, Dr. Daniel Yamini, has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Dr. 90210.
Dr. Yamini's expertise stems from double board certification in plastic and general surgery, and he has performed more than 5,000 procedures during his career. He oversees Blue's nonsurgical services, which range from laser and body-contouring treatments to injectables and clinical facials that work better than taping prescription pads over the face.
As Dr. Yamini and his aestheticians tend to bodies, the spa's aquamarine light filters through translucent panels and reflects off of tiling. Stretched fabric and hanging shapes evoke the mobiles of Alexander Calder as space dividers create the feel of an art gallery on Pluto.
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.