In her 30 years as a cosmetologist, Natalie Alameda has spent time learning and teaching. After decades spent honing her aesthetician skills and soaking up field knowledge, she took her expertise to the lectern as a cosmetology educator and doled out wisdom to budding aestheticians. Even though she’s reached veteran status in the beauty world, Natalie keeps sharpening her skills by attending anti-aging seminars and integrating new technologies into her repertoire.
At Skincare & Permanent Make Up by Natalie, the well-versed aesthetician resolves clients’ skin troubles using PCA Skin and Epicuren products. Cleansing, hydrating, and oxygenating facials clear blemished faces, and PCA Skin peels erase signs of aging or bored freckles connecting their own dots. Permanent makeup gives definition to lips, eyes, and eyebrows without the daily mess of makeup. She also waxes away body hair and makes up brides at her facility or on-location to help their faces to shine outward from the altar and the photo album.
It’s no surprise that Surface Esthetics has swept the Best Facial category on the San Diego A-List for five years in a row. Each and every medical-grade facial in this cozy (and medical-grade) spa begins with a lengthy, personalized consultation. The spa’s aestheticians pour over new client’s pores for a good 30 minutes before unleashing their arsenal of diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands and custom masks to combat acne, aging, and unfunny skin. They quell hormonal breakouts during pregnancy with specialized skincare regimes, and refresh and sooth male skin irritated by shaving. Aside from their award-winning facials, the Surface Esthetics staff shows off their artistic skills with eyebrow shaping, and swiftly waxes away fuzz from the face or bikini area.
Sisters-in-law Deena and Angela Von Yokes co-own Studio Savvy, where they've been in business together for more than 20 years. Deena, a 30-year veteran of the salon industry, shared her secrets with Angela, who was originally a licensed nail technician with a background in sales and retail. Now, both are master colorists and hair-design experts and help train all of their skilled stylists. These stylists work at Studio Savvy's two locations, creating new hairstyles with cut and color services, extensions, and keratin smoothing treatments. They also help clients with thinning, fine, or flaming hair, providing solutions that won't cause further loss or damage.
Bazilia offers a wide variety of waxing options including the popular Brazilian wax ($45), which quickly suits up sunbathers for swimsuit season. Reshape or separate Siamese brows ($18) or clear your upper lip and chin ($15 each) to prepare a smooth surface for better novelty-moustache adhesion. Or just skip the specifics and get a full face of water-wicking skin ($40). Migrate away from the mug and take care of gnarly arms ($35) or pair of leggy walking arms ($60). See a full list of long-lasting waxing services here.