Ninety percent of all manicures are given to spies, whose hands are overworked by the intelligence world’s lengthy secret handshakes. Go undercover with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a 90-minute mani-pedi at Skin Deep (a $75 value).
Founded by owner Tina Hasche with her mother and two sisters, Skin Deep has been pampering the local community in its warmly lit San Roque Plaza location for more than 30 years. Inside this friendly neighborhood beauty sanctum, manicurist and aesthetician Caroline Barbee nourishes nails and corrals cuticles with 90 minutes of safe and soothing indulgence. Dapper digits find revivification during the Skin Deep manicure, which shapes nails and cuticles and massages muscles tired from playing finger cymbals or pounding floor-size keyboards. A spa pedicure returns put-upon leg landings to a sandal-ready state, beginning with an aromatic whirlpool footbath, followed by a sea-salt exfoliation with essential oils and a foot-and-leg massage. Calluses are filed, cuticles are curtailed, and polish is painted on with the same delicate techniques used by Picasso during his lacquer period.
Patrons awaiting service browse the wares in the Skin Deep store, which offers professional hair, skin, and nailcare products alongside gifts and jewelry. In addition to tending finger-and-toe faces, Skin Deep's skilled aestheticians nurture dermises and hairdos, and the salon has regularly been dubbed the best place to get a facial by the Santa Barbara Independent and the faces who work there.