The Spa Gregorie team won Spa Finder?s Reader?s Choice award for Best Day Spa of 2011 for rejuvenating skin with Spa Gregorie's botanically enriched product line. Steps away from the spa's tranquil hair salon, Arcona formulas play a central role in the spa's 18 facial treatments while massage clients benefit from fluffy robes and a eucalyptus steam room. But the staff's dedication to well-being doesn't stop with the clients?contributions to the Make a Wish Foundation and multiple cancer research organizations echo this allegiance to communal prosperity, and any nonprofit group or charitable organization may use the Del Mar spa's conference room for free.
In 2011, the International SPA Association honored Spa Gregorie's CEO Angela Cortright with the Dedicated Contributor of the Year award. The press release cites her commitment to well-being and public service beyond her three eucalyptus-scented spas and reveals her favorite quote to be Muhammad Ali's maxim, ?Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on Earth.? This attitude has earned the company an avalanche of awards, which document the good works of its expert aestheticians, hair designers, and massage therapists.
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.
Skin Alive and its aesthetician school, Mequon Thiensville School of Esthetics, are devoted to the study and practice of skincare. Clients can choose to visit the hands-on student-learning center for aesthetic services performed by students under instructor supervision, or head to the Skin Alive spa for services performed by a licensed professional. Both offer basic beauty services, such as facials, peels, and waxing, but the licensed aestheticians at Skin Alive can also slough off dead skin cells with diamond-tip microdermabrasion, rejuvenate skin with lasers, and vanquish unwelcome hair with laser hair-removal treatments that leave skin smoother than a cue ball smothered in olive oil.
While working as an ob-gyn, Dr. Karen Lee noticed a trend in her patients. They complained about age spots, spider veins, and other issues that were more aesthetic than medical. Deciding to use her medical expertise to help women boost their confidence, she opened Synergy Advanced Medical Aesthetics?a clinic dedicated to health and beauty.
Treatment rooms are stocked with high-quality tools, including Syneron and Cutera lasers, which precisely execute vein therapy, hair removal, and body contouring treatments. The trained staff also augments skincare, such as facials and peels, with SkinCeuticals and Rhonda Allison products.
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.
At MD Skin and Laser, located in the Hacienda Del Mar building, there are seemingly endless avenues that lead to glowing skin. Dean Cromwell, MD, oversees a staff of medical professionals as they stunt the growth of unwanted hair with an air-cooled laser, exfoliate dead cells with an antioxidant-rich pumpkin facial, and plump unwanted wrinkles with dermal fillers such as Botox and Restylane. Though faces receive most of the staff?s attention, it also performs teeth whitening and body-wide microdermabrasion, a treatment used to slough dead skin cells so effectively that it enables zombies to pass as living humans during horror-movie casting calls.