This week there were a lot of lucky people on spring break. I was not one of them. But the occasion did make me start thinking about outdoor activities, vacations I need to plan, and cute new warm-weather attire I could buy. After a long winter wearing boots, sweaters and knit hats (I mean OK, that sounds pretty dramatic because we’re in San Diego, but I’m one of those people who’s always cold), I felt like a spring makeover was in order. Introducing some of my favorite local beauty salons.
- I’ve been going to DK Hair in Mission Hills since 2010 to get my hair cut by Lexi. I go in with big, thick, long hair, but leave with a lighter, more manageable mane. As a matter of fact, there’s a flag in their appointment system that alerts them to book longer time with me because my hair is such a big undertaking. Hairdryers = not my friend. There’s really not a pampering service I’d rather have more than a hair appointment, since my locks are such a pain in the butt to style. DK Hair is a full-service hair salon that offers cuts, color and styling (blowouts & updos), as well as skin services like facials and waxing. DK Hair uses Bumble & Bumble hair products. They’ll offer you a complimentary glass of wine or champagne upon arrival, and they often hold client appreciation parties because they value customer service and loyalty.
- Maybe it’s because I wear a lot more sunscreen than I used to (thanks for the constant reminders, mom), or I’m super bundled up when it’s cold, or because I’m always working and never see the sunlight – but either way, my skin gets fair during the winter months. I don’t know about most people, but having some sun on my skin always make me feel more attractive. To quote a good friend of mine, “If you can’t tone it, tan it!” If you don’t have hours to bake in the sun, or are worried about aging your skin, then a spray tan is your best bet. In the past I’ve tended to stay away from them because they can be costly, smelly and orangey, but in other instances they’ve given me a confidence boost before special occasions and vacations. For a glowing tan with benefits, head to Blush Organic Sunless Tanning in La Jolla for an anti-aging blush tan. The solution contains caffeine and hyaluronic acid for anti-aging benefits, and moisturizes your skin to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite, fine lines and wrinkles. Their products are oil-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, chemical-free and fragrance-free. Blush doesn’t use spray booths – they spray clients individually using a spray gun to get every crevice and fold. My inner thighs and breasts have never been so bronze! Since I’m not modest, I wasn’t the least bit uncomfortable stripping down to be spray tanned by a stranger in daylight – I’m sure she sees dozens of naked bodies every day. She was very thorough and made sure that she knew my vision for the resulting tan. And, I actually thought the cool spray on my body felt kind of exhilarating (TMI?). At Blush you can pay extra to get a spray tan that develops in 2-4 hours rather than the standard 10-12 hours. I opted for the express service because I wanted to shower before getting in my freshly-made bed. The tan is supposed to last 7-10 days before it fades on its own – fading faster in areas that have a lot of friction, like under your bra or underarms. I wasn’t particularly good at following the instructions on moisturizing, or else I think it would’ve even lasted a few days longer.
- This was my first experience with eyelash extensions, and I’ll admit I felt skittish about trying them. I have a coworker who wears them religiously and raves about how much time they save her morning makeup routine, and how much femininity she feels with longer lashes. I’ve been a slave to mascara for so long that I was ready to see what all the hype was about. I went to Blink Lash Boutique in Mission Valley to get the blush service, which includes 60 lash extensions per eye. It took about an hour and a half since it was my first set, and it was actually a very relaxing appointment since I got to lay on a table with my eyes closed the whole time. They tape down your bottom lashes so they don’t get tangled up in your extensions. It didn’t hurt at all, and they didn’t mind that I asked a million questions. I was reluctant to give up ALL mascara, but once I saw the final product, I knew I wouldn’t be touching that tube for at least a month. Most of their clients go mascara-free with extensions, and they advise you against using any makeup that contains oil, as that loosens the glue on the extensions. They also give you a special brush to delicately comb out your lashes after showering or washing your face and make sure they dry straight. I’ve been very gentle when it comes to touching my eyes, applying makeup, and washing my face because I don’t want to rip out my natural lashes. It’s amazing what a difference long lashes make in your appearance! Not only did I ditch the mascara, but I felt like I could ditch makeup altogether as long as my eyes looked glam.
- Coming soon… these winter feet still need to spring forward with a pedicure.