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.
Electric wall-mounted lights shine against exposed brick walls and marble-topped counters at Hair Lounge at Cedros. But the atmosphere isn't just pomp for look's sake—it's a reflection of the salon's artistic inspiration. Just past the lounge, where hair-care products and scents by Eufora and Davines are on display, the team of master stylists, coloring specialists, and makeup artists are busy working their magic. Using techniques popular in the US and Europe, they perform custom cuts and conditioning, and add vibrancy with single-process coloring and highlights. The salon also specializes in repairing split ends using the Thermo-Marine Bonding System, which binds broken strands and strengthens them with nutrients and tiny Kevlar jackets. Cutting isn't the studio's only method for removing hair, either: for the rest of the body, low-heat, imported French wax moisturizes and soothes as it constricts on the skin to gently lift unwanted hair during waxing.
Milana believes that happiness is a journey—a belief that is central to the philosophy at Milana Wax & Skin Studio. Instead of focusing solely on her clients’ outer beauty or unkempt milk moustaches, the licensed aesthetician prefers to promote inner happiness, drawing on informal training in reiki, healing-touch, and positive-energy techniques. Milana also draws on formal credentials as a permanent makeup artist and aesthetician to enhance façades with SofTap permanent makeup and PCA Skin facials and body-care treatments. Ultimately though, she sees herself as the driver on each client’s path toward true beauty through self-acceptance and inner healing.
Every pair of eyes is unique. That's the view at Blink Lash Boutique, where owners Janelle Koch and Jen Pearson lead a skilled staff in providing custom eyelash extensions for their guests. Each team member applies synthetic extensions one by one, making lashes longer without fitting them for tiny platform shoes. The strands themselves are available in a variety of styles and thicknesses to create looks from subtle to dramatic. No matter what the desired outcome, the team places client safety and comfort first—Jen and Janelle are both professional aestheticians, and all of their fellow lash stylists undergo rigorous training to ensure their work is suitably flirtatious.
T-ology Beauty & Wellness's aestheticians keep hides healthy with treatments laden with natural products from Africology and Rhonda Allison. Fifteen different facials work to counter the effects of aging and stress with the aid of botanical extracts from around the globe: hibiscus for hydration, rosehip oil for tranquility, and pumpkin for exfoliation or the sheer joy of pulverizing pumpkins. Aestheticians lavish the rest of the body with detoxifying steam canopies, aromatic massages, and waxing.
Normally, Solana Beach's warm breeze rustles through palm trees before butting against the sides of buildings and dying down or heading into a politician's mouth. But at Shampoo Too!, the ocean breeze finds its way indoors, past the sun-soaked patio furniture, through the massive opening in the open-air salon's wall. The puffs of air refresh clients almost as effectively as fashion-forward cuts, balayage highlights, Brazilian blowouts, and hair and makeup services.