The hair-pampering pros at The Haircutters have trimmed locks and transformed outmoded manes for more than a quarter of a century. Unlike many salons, in which shampooing is a separate service, the team starts off every haircut and style by treating scalps to suds with handfuls of professional products from top brands such as Biolage and American Crew.
Apart from the signature shampoo-and-cuts, the staff at The Haircutters also offers color and texturizing services. Redken color camp for men gets hombres’ heads looking good, and spiral perms cascade with curls. Devoted to client convenience, The Haircutters welcomes walk-ins seven days a week.
Licensed massage therapist Adil Panton, the mastermind behind Healing Arts Touch, uses energetic touch to move his clients toward calm, health, and well-being. More than two decades of experience and training in Eastern practices guide both his hands and his practice, which focuses on five types of massage and on qigong, a Chinese approach to self-healing that incorporates focused breathing and meditative movement. Panton uses intuition to personalize his massages in a holistic manner, helping his clients heal not only their bodies but also their minds, spirits, and exoskeletons.
Chocolate-brown walls bedecked with tropical prints and the whisper of soothing tunes welcome guests to close their eyes and relax during appointments inside About Skin. An aesthetician tackles skin issues such as acne and sun damage with facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. Lying face-down, clients melt under the trained hands of a massage therapist, who relieves tension more effectively than a whale crooning lullabies. The staff also enhances visages with makeup applications and eyelash extensions.
The technicians at Restore Health & Medical help clients contour their physiques with the noninvasive beams of low-level lasers that degrade the fat cells in problem areas, causing them to lose their bulky contents. Accompanied by healthy diets and exercise, their treatments have been known to deflate spare tires, love handles, and permanently attached water wings.
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.