Over the past dozen or so years, Elisabeth Wolfson has refined her approach to haircare. The biggest change? Doing away with heavy, ammonia- and chemical-laden products, both personally and in her beauty parlor, Sano Salon & Color Bar. She and her team of talented and highly educated stylists use solely ammonia-free (or, at the very least, low-ammonia) products by the likes of Kevin Murphy, Framesi, and MoroccanOil. It’s all part of Wolfson’s mission to help clients maintain and recreate chic, healthy styles at home. Sano’s staff dispenses helpful information for at-home haircare throughout each haircut and color appointment. Learn everything from how to make styles—like their signature DuraBliss blowout—last for days to why its essential to only dry-clean cashmere wigs.
Beyond stints in the styling chair, Sano’s clients can also relax in the nail corner for indulgent organic mani-pedis.
A member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Janelle King draws on both eastern and western approaches to massage when alleviating her clients of pain. She specializes in hot stone, reflexology, and myofascial release, along with prenatal and postnatal massage. When she isn't soothing moms-to-be, she studies for her doula certification so she can support women during the birthing process. In keeping with her passion for both traditional and holistic treatments, Janelle volunteers her services at charity events to help raise funds and awareness for diseases such as breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
An oasis of pampering and relaxation, Exclusive Day Spa offers a wide array of massage modalities, a bevy of aesthetic services, and emotional coaching. The bodywork experts train in massage techniques including Swedish, deep-tissue, and aromatherapy, which soothes the muscles and nostrils alike. Facials and peels cleanse skin and fight the signs of aging, whereas beauty injections and dermal fillers provide more dramatic youth-enhancing results. Their laser skin treatments target fine lines, acne, and rosacea, and laser hair removal and waxing banish unwanted stubble, helping patrons earn the coveted nickname "Smooth Operator."
Belinda Gonzales, an energy worker and licensed massage therapist, combines therapies from different cultures to guide bodies toward total relaxation at Peaceful Retreat Therapeutic Massage. She offers modalities such as anxiety-relieving Swedish and deep-tissue massage. She also performs thai massage, which incorporates yoga-influenced stretches and gentle rocking—like when Mick Jagger quietly sang “Happy” to a restless Keith Richards and his teddy bear. Belinda can further melt away mental stress with aromatherapeutic oils; during reiki therapy, she directs energy toward acupuncture points to balance the energy levels.
As a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist with a master's degree in special education, Jolie Schiering knows the power that touch can have to reduce anxiety and show support. Drawing on this experience and more than 1,000 hours of bodywork instruction, Jolie tempers troubled sinews with a variety of massage techniques. Lounging in a private room, clients prepare for Swedish, shiatsu, or hot-stone bodywork as the scented tendrils of aromatherapy oils uncurl through the air. When not calming muscles as a therapist, Jolie uses knowledge gained while acquiring a personal-training license to compete in races such as the San Diego Marathon, and obtained CPR certification from Red Cross.