Med spas and day spas may appear similar, but in reality, they're about as different as a baby and the American president he's dressed as. In order to earn the name med spa, a business must employ physicians, who oversee the various beauty treatments, as well as a medically trained staff. That's because the services offered by med spas tend to be more invasive than those offered at day spas.
At Tre Jolie MediSpa, a board-certified surgeon leads a team that includes skincare specialists and a registered nurse with more than 35 years of experience. These experts seek to improve appearances with services that range from Botox and Juvederm injections to laser hair removal and laser vein therapy.
Tre Jolie MediSpa also fine tunes bodies with less invasive services, such as facials that use PCA Skin products, body waxing, and Latisse eyelash-enhancement serum.
At ArchiTexture, coloring specialists are just as likely to infuse a client's hair with a dusky glow as they are to stencil in some neon-pink lightning bolts. Owner Erika Harding values technical expertise as well as artistic expression?an attitude that's also shared by her team of seven hair stylists, an aesthetician, and two licensed massage therapists.
All visits begin with a consultation, during which staffers work with clients to determine their style goals. While colorists infuse hair with colors ranging from subtle to avant-garde, stylists perform custom cuts for men and women. In the spa, steady hands massage visages with an array of organic facials and PCA peels. The salon's creative atmosphere also extends to its in-house art gallery.
Alongside the rest of the team at Silhouettes By The Beach, Jamie Wyllie performs her aesthetician duties in the privacy of a tucked-away suite. Out front, light streams through floor-to-ceiling windows that face Ventura Harbor, and clients lounge in custom-made purple chairs lined up in front of head-to-toe mirrors during hair appointments. The decor is no accident—Silhouettes By The Beach was designed to make clients feel at ease, unlike the queen in a rugby scrum. The salon’s manicure stations, meanwhile, set fingers at ease with OPI nail lacquer that blankets fingernails and toenails with bright pops of color.
Michael Kelley Salon & Day Spa's team of aestheticians and hairstylists pamper clients' skin and manes with an array of packages and ? la carte services. Staffers soothe faces with a range of natural makeup and facial products. Spa technicians employ diverse training as they blend four massage types, rearranging clients' muscles using techniques from Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu, and reflexology modalities. Clients undergo spa services in private massage rooms, under the gentle spray of a Vichy shower, or in special treatment areas such as a steam room.
Alejandro Salon is always thinking of its customers. It's held three client appreciation and charity events and even offered clients discounts during the month of March for bringing in peanut butter, which was donated to Food Share. Most importantly, however, the salon provides its clients with the work of experienced stylists, such as Jessica Haas. Jessica performs a variety of services, including painting manes with color or highlights, adding volume with weaves, snipping strands into chic coifs, and nourishing strands with conditioner.
Prettiness and pampering blend seamlessly with Serenity Nail Boutique's commitment to the environment thanks to SpaRitual products, a line of vegan, paraben-free hand and foot treatments. The result: nails that gleam with vivid color on top and plenty of health beneath the polish. The nail technician enahnce traditional manicures and pedicures with Shellac treatments that coat nails in chip-resistant hues for up to two weeks, leaving patrons free to shake hands with armored knights without worrying.