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Our Successful Mother’s Day

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Mother’s Day at Bella Gia Salon and Day Spa, was a huge success from start to finish! Mother’s from all ends of the spectrum came in to celebrate with us, not just Sunday May 10th, but the entire Mother’s day weekend.

We have a wonderful front desk team that works hard to help clients pick the perfect gift for the Mother in their life. We make sure to take the carrun 169x300 Our Successful Mothers Daytime to accommodate every one and customize packages to what the client needs and wants. In the picture to the right we had a client order a gift card for his wife over the phone, when he came to pick up the gift card his three year old son was fast asleep in his car. No worries, we do curbside pick up! We also made phone calls for our busy clients after purchasing gift certificates to let their Mothers know they were gifted a spa day with every taken care of when they would like to schedule an appointment.

In the spa we made everything extra special! We had a special Mother’s Day menu that we made in house, Watermelon, Strawberry, Basil infused water, and of course champagne and mimosa’s flowing under beautiful candle light! Our decor was also updated right before the big weekend. We added gorgeous acrylic art pieces to our service rooms and hall ways, and a beautiful waterfall.

Our team was so honored to make the day special for the Moms that came in over Mother’s Day weekend. For all the hard work, time, and love Moms put in every day they deserve a day of relaxation, pampering, and being catered to!

The Half Dos Take Over

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The newest trend taking over is the half up-dos!

The reason why this look is taking storm is because it achieves the look every girl has been searching for! By doing a “half do” it gives your hair instant volume and fullness,  keeps your hair out of your face, and still showing off your long locks! The best part is it looks even better with “day old hair” (day after being washed)!

This look can be customized completely to your liking! If you like a messy look or a sleek clean look, a braid, ponytail or bun all are perfect to achieve the “half do”! To achieve this look it is as simple as sectioning off the top part of your hair to the thickness and width of your liking. Then pin up that top portion how you normally would, sometimes to ensure that it is secure you may want to add in a few extra pins. If you are wanting extra fullness I would recommend teasing the sides of your hair and lightly spraying the whole style with your choice of hairspray. Then style the bottom portion of your hair how you normally would. This looks amazing with all hair straight or curly.

This trend has been taking storm on the runways, with celebrities, and even your very own Bella Gia Salon & Day Spa team!

Get Ready For Your Special Day!

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Wedding season is just around the corner! What better way to get any wedding planning started then knowing you’ve booked the right appointment for your hair, makeup, and better yet what a great feeling to have when your all stressed out and you get to relax in our day spa with a relaxing massage or facial before the big day!

Bella Gia Salon & Day Spa is a great place to accommodate all those things you need. Our hair salon side has eight lovely hair stylists that are all experienced whether you are interested in highlights, color, styling/updos, extensions, or even maybe a new hair cut! Our stylists here at Bella Gia, enjoy taking the time and working on our clients making sure that they have succeeded in what their client is looking for. Our stylists also know the latest hair trends/ styles that any client would enjoy having! That doesn’t stop there, while our stylists do an amazing job on hair, we also have a few stylists here that specializes in makeup & loves doing it! Whether you are the bride, bridesmaid, or guest of a wedding, we are more than happy to make sure you walk out of our front door loving your makeup, feeling beautiful!

Feeling a little stressed out from all your wedding planning? Spoil yourself a little bit more and enjoy our many different types of massages or facials we also offer here at Bella Gia Salon and Day Spa. Our Bella Gia signature massage includes a combination of swedish, deep tissue, and aromatherapy, it’s very relaxing! We also offer deep tissue, aromatherapy, and swedish by itself along with lava stone, sports, hand & foot, and prenatal massages as well. If your more interested in facials, then maybe our Le Grade Classique may be the right one for you which is described as a deep pore cleansing, very healing and relaxing. We also have facials that include Microdermabrasion too!

So remember next time your looking for a place to book with your bridesmaids, just know we’d love to have you here!

Vivid, Bold, & Bright

Friday, February 6th, 2015

It is slowly becoming more and more acceptable to have bright and bold hair colors opposed to the more traditional blondes and brunettes. Walking down the street or scrolling through your newsfeed you may find that friends are making daring changes in their hair colors from bright, bold reds and coppers to deep and daring violets, people are loving this new trend.

Before having brightly colored hair was only something done by the rebellious and dare devil crowd. Now even more conservative people from all age ranges are venturing into pure pigment vivids.

Not everyone needs to have there entire hair done in a full all over color of pure true red like the little mermaid, there are many other ways to get your feet wet with these primary colors.

Bold- Some are tinting their brunette tones by adding a kick of red or violet to give their natural color a tint/hue of the color without being too overwhelming. Inside your hair may still have that nice traditional brunette color but in the sun it will pick up and enhance the color you toned it with.

Bolder– Others are choosing to dip-dye their hair or do a few peek-a-boo high lights of a bold color, this look will give you the vibrancy your looking for while still keeping your over all color this will be less up keep by not brining the color not completely up to the roots.

Boldest- Then many are either doing an ombre or all over color of a pure pigment color definitely giving you a bold vivid look where ever you go.

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Here are some looks that were done with us at Bella Gia Salon and Day Spa!

Different Massage Types

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Day in and day out I will have questions on the different types of massages and what exactly is the difference. While we have great short descriptions in both our menu and online sometimes people want more information. I have decided to put in one easy spot a more detailed description of each massage, exactly how I would describe them to a client if they we’re to ask me over the phone or in person.

Swedish Massage: When most people think to themselves of a massage, this is usually the modality they think of. It is a more relaxing massage that goes with the grain of the muscle in long smooth strokes. If you are just looking for a massage to help you relax this is a great pick. Our price for an hour is $90 and for a 90 min is $125

Deep Tissue: Is similar to swedish massage but at a deeper level of the muscle and pressure. In this type of massage they work against the grain of the muscle and is geared towards releasing pressure. If you have a lot of knots or tension in areas you are wanting worked out this then would be a great massage for you. Our price for an hour is $95 and for a 90 min is $135

Bella Gia Signature Massage: Our Bella Gia Signature Massage is our most popular massage, it’s a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Aroma Therapy. The massage therapist are able to customize these 3 modalities to your individual needs, that way if you need one area worked on more than the others they can accomplish that. With the aroma therapy we have several different essential oils in each room that you can choose from or the massage therapist can choose based on the benefits you need. If you are either unsure of what type of massage would be best for you, are wanting to try different modalities, or have a certain area you want worked on then just want to relax the rest of the massage this is the perfect massage for you. Our price for an hour is $100 and for a 90 min is $145.

Prenatal Massage: This is the massage only massage that can be performed once some one is pregnant. No massage can be preformed in the first trimester, for it is too high of a risk to cause labor. Once the expectant mother reaches her second trimester she would schedule a prenatal massage with one of our massage therapist that is specifically trained in this modality. If the pregnancy is already at the point where it is  uncomfortable to lay on her stomach then a side lined massage would be preformed. If you are past your second trimester of pregnancy and want relief from some of the aches and pains pregnancy causes this is a great option for you. Our prices for an hour is $90 and for a 90 min is $125.

Sports Massage: In Sports Massage, they focus on working out tension and ache muscles through both massage and different stretching techniques. If you are an athlete or do regular vigorous exercise then this would be the idle massage for you. Our price for an hour is $95 and for a 90 min $135.

Lava Stone Massage: This is a wonderful relaxing massage. Similar to the way the swedish massage works with the grain of the muscle in long slow relaxing strokes with both their hands and the lava stones. As well as placing the warm lava stones on different parts of the muscle to help relax and heat up the muscle for optimum results. If you are looking for a nice relaxing massage but want to step it up this is the perfect massage for you.  Our price for an hour is $105 and for a 90 min $145

Keep Your Skin Hydrated In Dry Weather

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

It’s red flag warning weather here in sunny San Diego which we all know can be dangerous for or city but what about our skin? I have heard so many people complain about the feeling of tight and dry skin, from clients coming into the salon, co-workers, and even my own family and friends. Stop the dry and windy weather from damaging your skin with some quick and easy changes in your skin care routine.

  • Use a hydrating toner or mister through out the day to replenish your skin from any water loss from being out and about. An amazing option is our Yon-ka Lotions with there amazing blend of 5 essential oils, they help rebalance and hydrate the skin with a few quick and easy sprays from the mister. We currently carry for the holidays a limited amount or travel size Yon-ka lotions perfect to keep in your purse or for travel!
  • Also changing your night time moisturizer to a slightly heavier formula to help lock in moisture and prevent any transepidermal water loss (TWEL) from your skin through out  the night. This will help keep your skin hydrated and healthy and not have that dry tight feeling when waking up.
  • Adding a hydrating mask to your skin care routine, this is a quick and easy step to add into your weekly routine. Depending on recommendation from your esthetician and how dry your skin feels you can do this anywhere from once  a week to every few days.
  • Keep up on your regular treatments with your estheticians, consult with your esthetician too if you are having changes in your skin so they can change up your treatment accordingly we have several different facials and treatments to help with your skin including our amazing Hydralessence facial specifically created for hydration.

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!

A The Basic Guide to Retinols

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

One of the most popular trends in the skin care industry right now is retinols. As wonderful as retinol products can be many people either over use them too quickly or are too afraid to use them at all. Here is a quick and simple guide to the basic need to knows before starting to use retinols in your skin care routine.

 

First off Retinol is a chemical compound of vitamin A, that through independent research was proven to visibly reduce the signs of aging and acne.

When it comes to aging, retinol stimulates new skin cell production and strengthen the fibers that help skin stay firm. By improving these aspects of skin, retinols are able reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. As far as Acne, retinol helps slow down oil production and fade scars and pigmentation that can be left behind from acne break outs.

When you first start using retinol products you want to slowly introduce the products to your regular routine. On many occasions we recommend starting off with the product once a week for a month,  then slowly add it in to twice or three times a week for a month, then every other day for a month. If your skin starts to get irritated or over stimulated at any of these phases go back to the previous step and contact your esthetician.

Like always you should consult with your esthetician first before you introduce any active products, like retinol to your skin care regimen.

Here at Bella Gia we have two amazing products that contain .05% pure retinol, intensive age refine and intensive clarity from PCA (physician’s care alliance), as well as retinal boosters that are a great way to enhance your facials.

 

 

Still Getting Break Outs and Don’t Know Why?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Are you following your home care regimen and faithfully following your product routine and still getting break outs? In addition to getting regular facials at our day spa here are a few little tips to help you out!

 

Wash your make-up brushes! 

 

 

In brushes that have not been cleaned it’s an easy place for bacteria to grow and multiply when this happens you are spreading the growing bacteria all over your skin every time you use the brush. In return you will continue to have break outs and blemishes despite your skin care routine.  Depending on how often you apply make up and the manufacturer of your brushes you would clean them either weekly or monthly. (if you apply a full face of make up daily clean your brushes every week, but if you only apply make up every few days you can wait longer to clean them)

There are many types of brush cleaning sprays you can purchase and use or if you are looking for items around the house, shampoo or using a gentle dish soap with a drop of olive oil is a great option as well. After washing them reshape the bristles and allow to sit over night to dry!

 

Skip fabric-softener with pillow cases!

 

 

Try washing your sheets and pillow cases more often first, but if that doesn’t work try skipping the fabric-softener. Fabric-softener basically adds a coding over the fabric which can be irritating your skin while sleeping! Try out this tip especially if you are having break outs specifically on the side of your face you tend to have against the sheets.

Wipe down your phones screen!

 

Especially now that cell phones never leave our sides they collect all types of dirt, debris, oils from our finger tips, and bacteria. Make sure you clean your phone frequently so none of that will spread to your skin.

 

It’s not just about making sure your skin is clean but making sure everything that touches your skin is clean too! Especially if you have break-out prone skin take the extra precautions simple smile Still Getting Break Outs and Dont Know Why?

Tip & Tricks For Before Waxing

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Here are some tips for before your waxing services!

 

1. Hair should at least be a 1/4 of an inch long before waxing.

2. Exfoliate before your appointment to loosen up the dead skin cells and any “trapped” hairs. If you have time it’s always to do it the day of the appointment, if not the day before is good as well.

3. Consider Taking Tylenol or Advil 45 mins before your appointment. Especially if it’s in a particularly sensitive area or you know that you have a lower pain tolerance. Be careful not to take medications like Motrin before your appointment, because those are blood thinners.

4. Stop Using products like Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, or Highly concentrated AHA’s a week before your appoint. (If on Accutane or similar products stay clear of waxing for at least a year)

5. Try not to shave between waxes! If there are some stray hairs that bother you then tweeze the area before using a razor.

6. Do not apply any moisturizers, oils, or lotions after showering and immediately heading to your appointment. The oils in the product will prevent the wax from adhering to the hairs.

7. For Female Clients: During the menstral cycle the feeling of pain is more intense so make sure to time your appointments around your cycle.

 

Bonus Tips:

Avoid the sun for 48 hours after waxing, the skin of that area will be extra sensitive and more likely to sun burn.

To prevent ingrown hairs exfoliate regularly between waxing appointments to prevent any dead skin build up to block in the hairs when growing out.