Relative Hair & Sun’s nail-smith Cathy Carswell applies her vast bounty of polishing experience to each manicure service she performs. Prettify finger-shields with a Shellac no-chip manicure, which coats nails in a glossy potion imbued with the qualities of both regular nail polish and UV-gel polish. After each layer of color, nails briefly lounge under a UV lamp, sealing their new ensembles and acquiring the ability to poke the ozone layer. Digit-domes exit their manicures dry and ready to withstand vigorous front-door-key fumbling. The polish can last for up to two weeks and is chip-resistant. After a fortnight of pinky posing, customers can return to the salon for a swift removal treatment, which requires the use of 100% acetone.
At BuenaVentura Massage, certified massage practitioner Robert Alan Schleifer utilizes a range of techniques to eradicate aches and tension. Schleifer wields his knot kneading know-how to assuage chronic back pain with a counter-strain therapy massage, a gentle treatment designed to ease subterranean discomfort by targeting nerve, tissue, and muscular maladies. For sweet serenity, opt instead for a Swedish/Esalen-style massage, which combines thorough and direct strokes in order to treat the neck, shoulders, and back. No matter how guests choose to let loose, both mind and body will have no trouble sinking deep into BuenaVentura Massage’s quaint office space and adjoining patio, both a stone's roll away from the nearby beach and downtown businesses.
Twin Palms Health and Beauty Boutique is aptly named: owners Shannon and Sharlene are twin sisters. In their spa, the SoCal natives echo the tranquility of their favorite landscape, the beach, where they spent their childhood days together. They and their staff relax guests through massages, antioxidant-rich body wraps, facials, and more amid modern, tropical decor.
Amid the white, ethereal-curtained confines of A Secret Place Salon and Spa's waxing chamber, aesthetician Carla Cable performs hair evictions with expertise garnered from more than 10 years in the industry. After clients jump, leap, or teleport onto the silver-blanketed treatment table, Cable will slather unwanted strands with warm wax before cleanly stripping them from their follicular domiciles. The entire service takes about 15 minutes, after which personages can leave the salon boasting a smoothness seen elsewhere only in newborn beach balls.
Wielding an organic formula, the tanning technician at Sergio's Hair Studio mists patrons' skin into a bronzed glow with full-body airbrush tans. During the private five-minute sessions, tanning technician Rachael hand applies the preservative- and alcohol-free spray, coating limbs and torsos in a golden hue similar to that attained by sunbathing, but without the risk of sunburn or a stern email from the surgeon general. Clients can bask in their new hue for up to a week, flaunting it at high-school reunions, weddings, or in front of wistful gallons of milk.