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.
First developed in the U.S. in 1875, electrolysis is a FDA-approved procedure proven to be a safe and effective method of permanent hair removal. Pacific Permanent Hair Removal's Donna Speirs has a passion for helping her clients feel good about their appearance. The electrologist is California state board-certified and has 18 years of experience in the field of electrolysis hair removal.
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.
European Wax Center has been in the waxing business since 1975, so it has hair removal down to a science, which is evident in its signature 4 Steps to Gorgeous method, outlined below.
1) Cleanse: Sessions begin with a calming, prewax cleanser to remove any makeup, oil, or lotion on the areas to be treated.
2) Protect: Aestheticians use a prewax oil to ensure the wax only takes hold of clients' pesky hairs rather than their skin or passing squirrels.
3) Time to Get Your Wax On: The salon's exclusive Comfort Wax is its secret to a virtually painless treatment. Crafted in Europe, the wax is far gentler on skin than traditional wax.
4) Rejuvenate: This step is all about pampering the skin. Treated areas receive a healthy dose of Ingrown Hair Serum to help prevent bumps or breakouts. Facial treatments also receive a Calming Cream application.
Master stylist Thomas Michael plies his trade with more than 18 years of experience culled from fashion runways, high-end salons, and prestigious beauty institutes from South Beach to New York City. Practicing at beauty show platforms and studying under What Not to Wear's Nic Arrojo perfected Thomas's eye for fashion and style, while training at the L'Oreal Institute for Color earned him a ceremonial sword and the title of a Certified Master Colorist. Today, working out of Salon Radius 2, Thomas continues to perfect his technique as he deftly doles out his specialty precision cuts, and colors and smoothes hair with help from high-end Bumble and bumble products and formaldehyde-free keratin treatments.
Martha Webb is so passionate about skincare that she left a Fortune 500 company to study aesthetics and massage in Poway. She also earned certification from the International Therapy Examination Council, which empowers her to use her skills in over 30 countries. Today, she owns and operates MW SkinCare, where she nurtures epidermises and boosts beauty quotients with services that blend Old World techniques, New Age treatments, and high-end products. When she and her staff aren't performing facials, peels, massages, and body scrubs in her studio, they travels to clients to pamper them on their home turf or in their neighbor's bushes.