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Winner San Diego’s BEST

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Hello Bella Gia Friends! Once again we have been voted BEST in San Diego! The Union Tribune Reader Poll results were recently released and we won Top 5 for Best Massage in San Diego and Top 3 for Best Day Spa in San Diego. We are so humbled by the kindness of our clients! These awards are truly an honor for us and we really appreciate everyone who voted! We work hard every day to provide outstanding customer service and amazing treatments for every client – thank you for recognizing our hard work!!!  We

We have been voted Best Day Spa in San Diego and in the Top 5 for Best Massage in San Diego since 2013. We also won or placed in Best Hair Salon in San Diego in 2013 and 2014. We are a full service hair salon specializing in color, cuts, highlights, brazilian blowout and hair extensions and a full service day spa offering body treatments, massages, couples massages, facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, body peels and waxing. Our service providers are highly trained,  skilled professionals who always work with your best interests in mind!

Thank you again, we look forward to seeing you soon!!

Spa Happy Hour is especially Happy

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Hello Bella Gia Friends! I told you recently about our fabulous new Happy Hour – 2 spa or salon services for $99 or 3 services for $149. It has been a tremendous success!  People love coming into the Day Spa and Salon after a long day of work and just relaxing! The services are perfect for a quick pick me up! We offer a 30 min Massage, Facial and/or hair style. We recently hosted a group of 17 women for a corporate team building event. We brought in food for them to enjoy and everyone changed into a nice fluffy robe, sat around and chatted, ate and enjoyed fabulous, relaxing services! They said it was the best event they had ever participated in! The coordinator said it was the highest turnout she had ever gotten for any event and she was thrilled that everyone stayed till the end.

Our Happy Hour would be great for bridal parties, work events, a couple looking for romance or just a couple friends who want to reconnect. We offer the happy hour services Monday through Friday from 4pm to 8pm. We are very flexible with the services and are always willing to work with our guests to create the perfect mood!  Call and speak to one of our front desk coordinators and find out how we can make your next event a huge success.

Happy Spa Day!

Brazilian Blowout Treatment

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Working at a salon I get tons of phone calls about the Brazilian Blowout treatment for their hair. Clients want to know, what is it? Will it damage my hair?  What if my hair is colored?  So I have decided to blog the answers to all these questions and then some simple smile Brazilian Blowout Treatment

What is a Brazilian Blowout?

Through the use of innovative and breakthrough bonding technologies, these treatments actually improve the health and condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle.
They start by washing your hair multiple times using the Brazilian Blowout shampoo followed by apply the solution to each section of hair. Next, they dry and flat iron the hair to lock in the treatment. Once that’s complete they wash your hair again and flatiron one more time. The end result is smooth, healthy, frizz-free hair with radiant shine!

Who is the best candidate for a Brazilian Blowout?

The Brazilian Blowout is effective on all hair types; thick, thin, dry, chemically damaged, blondes, brunettes, straight and/or curly.

Can I still receive a Brazilian Blowout with colored or highlighted hair?

The answer is YES! The BB actually improves the health of color treated hair. BB conditions the hair and seals the cuticle for enhanced color, leaving it shiny and frizz free.

How long will the Brazilian Blowout treatment last?

The Brazilian Blowout will last for 10-12 weeks if the Açai After-Care Maintenance product line is used. The Brazilian Blowout is a cumulative treatment, in that the more you receive it, the healthier the hair will be and the longer the result will last.

I hope this answers some if not all of your questions about the Brazilian Blowout treatment. Call Bella Gia Salon and Spa today to try one out! 619.297.7601

Before and After Pic

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Why Buy Salon Recommened Shampoos and Conditioners?

Monday, October 20th, 2014

It happens to everyone when they go to a salon to get their hair done, the stylists recommends a “pricey” shampoo and conditioner.  The one thought that always came to my mind was ” why pay $30 each for a shampoo and conditioner when my head and shoulders is $10 total?!?” After working at a salon and having numbers hair stylists as friends, I now know why it’s important for me to spend that extra money to get a better quality shampoo/conditioner. I made the switch to Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner and it has made the world of a difference!

Here’s what I learned:

Pureology products are all highly concentrated and have NO sulfate. This means that I don’t have to use very much product, a little goes a long ways! The bottle seems small but lasts for a while. Using a shampoo with no sulfate is probably going to be one of the best decisions you make for your hair. Sulfate is essentially used to make the shampoo thicker and lather up in the shower, it also causes frizziness and is damaging to color treated hair. Why spend all that money coloring your hair to just ruin it with your shampoo?!?!

All Pureology products have an  AntiFadeComplex®
Our exclusive blend of potent antioxidants and full spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens, including Heliogenol and Vitamins C and E, defend hair against free radical damage to help optimize colour retention and protect from harsh environmental factors. Who doesn’t want to protect their hair?

All the products are Vegan, meaning no ingredient of animal origin. Save the animals simple smile Why Buy Salon Recommened Shampoos and Conditioners?

All in all spending the extra $20 or so is SO worth it to maintain healthy hair! Check with your salon or come visit us to pick up your new Pureology products!

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Olaplex

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Olapelex- An exciting new product in the hair world! What is Olaplex you ask??? Olaplex is a revolutionary product used to make your hair stronger, healthier and your color last longer. Olaplex is mainly used when changing your hair from dark to light, or adding in highlights. One thing I hate is when I’m ready for a change with my hair but I’m afraid of the damage that could be done, with Olaplex my worried have gone away! I don’t have to stress about what my ends will looks like or how much of my hair will break off during the process.What does Olaplex do? It reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. Usually bonds break when exposed to chemicals in color, from heat and mechanical force such as combing your hair. Olaplex helps restore what otherwise would be broken.

Thinking of coloring your hair? Come in and try out Olaplex with your next color service for only $40 additional dollars, totally worth it! Not only do you get the treatment at the Salon you also get a bonus take home Olaplex. Because the shine and softness will dissipate in a few weeks to a month, the take home Hair Protector makes the softness and shine stay! Check out the link below to see Olaplex in action.

BONUS***Olaplex is free of silicones, oils, aldehydes, parabens, gluten and cruelty towards animals simple smile Olaplex

Fun Fall Hair Trends

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Fall is approaching and there are a ton of fun new trends in the mix. Here are 3 of our favorite fall hair trends.

Blunt Bangs, people are crazy about these this fall. These sleek, straight strands seem to be staying around for a while. The blunter the better.

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Bobs and A-line cuts are here to stay! I’ve seen more clients in the last couple weeks come in to change their long hair in to the trendy new “bob” or “A-line” cut! This cropped cut is not only timeless it’s extremely versatile! This trendy hairstyle flatter every face shape and the below the chin length makes styling options endless.

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High Pony’s – Most read carpet looks are extreme up-dos, but I’ve seen the “high pony” more often then not. This easy to do yourself look can be created by skipping a few washes ( the dirtier the better) and a ton of spray ☺ After gathering your hair in a high pony , curl a few pieces with a 1” curling iron then spray on a Thick Dry Finishing Spray for a more textured look.

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Call today to set up and appointment with one of our amazing stylists to get one of Falls greatest hair trends!

Prepare for Hair Color Service

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

How can I prepare my hair for a color change?
I get this question a lot from clients coming in to change their hair color. Everyone wants to be able to prevent damage to their hair when making a change, whether it’s to cover greys or reinvent your look, over processing your hair by bleaching or dying it, it’s best to understand ways to help prevent the damage. Here are some tips on how to do so!

1) Use salon recommend shampoos and conditioners that are made specifically for color treated hair and applying a deep conditioning mask once a week will help protect the color. Color treated shampoos and conditioners are gentle and won’t strip the moisture from your hair.

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2) Give your hair a trim prior to the color. Removing the split ends will help you keep your hair healthy in the long run.

3) Try alternating weekly deep conditioning treatments with a protein treatment. Protein fills cracks in the hair cuticle to make it smooth, which makes the hair stronger and shinier. But be careful not to apply protein treatments more than once every 1 to 2 weeks, since it can make your hair feel brittle.

4) Skip washing your hair before coloring. The scalps natural oils work as a buffer to prevent irritation that can be caused from coloring it. Dirty hair is easier to section and ensures even color distribution.

5) Steer clear of the pool! Chlorine strips away the hair cuticle, allowing minerals in the water to get into the hair shaft and alter your color. Steer clear for about 2 weeks prior and after dying your hair.

Hope this helps you prepare for your next transformation or just a quick fix up! Check back soon foe more hair tips!

Relieve your stress!

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Hello Bella Gia Friends! I am out in Indiana visiting my family and I am reminded of the benefits of stress relief!  My poor mother doesnt take great care of herself and her body suffers for it. Plus she is a natural worrier. When she is in San Diego, it is easier to get her to relax with a nice massage and hair color treatment – basically a little time to herself to unwind and forgot about all the stresses of everyday life. Away from my home it is a little more difficult, but nothing a little planning can’t solve :).  We put in a big hot tub with some Epsom salts and lavender oil, then one of the grand-kids does a nice shoulder and foot massage – she loves it!

If you don’t have the time for that, then we recommend the Mother and Daughter package – you and mom (or your sister or best friend) come in for lovely one hour side by side massages with hand and foot massage followed by a spa lunch with complimentary champagne and fabulous facials.  You enjoy some quality time together and leave fully rejuvinated!!  Check out all our day spa packages at www.mysalonbellagio.com.  Every package can be adjusted to make the services side by side, book yours today!

Professional Facial versus Home Regimine

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Something that is a common mind set for people is viewing coming in for professional treatments and using products at home as an “either/or” situation rather than viewing them as a team! When striving for healthy skin you need to come in for regular professional treatments and keep up your skin in between.

Regular treatments is one of the most beneficial choices you can make for your skin. By having regular treatments it re-stimulates the skin to react the way it once did in your youth and turnover every 28 days, which is why most estheticians will recommend coming in every 4-6 weeks or once a month. Your skin slows down every day as time goes on and taking it’s biggest drop after the age of 25 its a sad truth everyone must face. However when coming in for professional treatments you can trigger your skin to act younger than it is and not slow down but maintain a healthy rhythm.

Just like treatments can be customized so can a home regime not just the products that are used but how many needed to be used. If you are a simple person or super busy and have trouble finding time in the day, let your esthetician know they can create a simple to follow and quick home plan for you. If you are the type of person who wants to get results fast and are willing to take all the steps necessary to get there let them know that too! For every different personality and lifestyle there is we have a solution to help you have the healthy skin you want and deserve!

One example that has always stuck with me was one that was used while I was in school. Think of it as going to the dentist, you go in for regular cleanings but you still need to brush and floss at home. When coming in for a facial, peel, microdermabrasion, or any other skin treatment you are visiting a knowledgeable, licensed, and certified professional to check the health of your skin  and to use they’re expertise and techniques to rejuvenate overall appearance as well as reverse any conditions your skin may have. Between services your home regimen is there to help preserve the work of the esthetician did in the treatment room and protect it from further damage.  Ultimately you get more bang for your buck by accelerating and enhancing the results in from your treatments when using a home regimen plan.

 

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What is a Facial?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Through the constant interaction with clients there’s many frequently asked questions one of the most common ones with skin care is “What is a facial exactly?”

I decided to put myself in the clients shoes and google search the question. After looking at the  very first answer, which is usually as far as all of  us get on google search I found that all they had was a simple definition, a facial is: 1. of or affecting the face. and 2. a beauty treatment for the face. I then realized if you are not someone who works in the industry, or an avid salon/spa goer it’s the exactly in the question that they’re looking for.

A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin! In most “classic” facials the treatment consists of deep pore cleansing, exfoliation, nourishing and replenishing of the skin. The purpose of a facial is to promote even and clear complexion  and texture as well as hydration and promoting the skins cellular turn over. Since skin is the largest organ in the human body and second most complicated, serving as the first barrier for ourselves to the outside world, an estheticians number one goal is to preserve and protect the skin

There are several different variations of facials that can be customized based on your skin type and skin conditions. One of the best things to do when you are having trouble choosing which type of facial would work for you is to have a consultation with the esthetician whose going to do your service. With their knowledge in skin care and certifications in the lines they use they will be able to help guide you in the right direction of the steps you should take towards radiant, beautiful, healthy skin!

Check out the many different types of facials we have to offer in the menu tab above!