What to Look for in a Spa

Exercise, eating right, relaxation and good sleep are the keys to living at your maximum potential. Most of us already know this, but it can seem overwhelming to know where to begin. It all sounds fantastic and we want to live it. Experts say the key to making big changes is to start with something small, with one change at a time. Simply looking for a way to stay young forever, yoga classes and healthy diets are complex and easy to get off course with. A simpler plan is to consider a regular spa visit as your natural routine, and an hour a week is the perfect, simple place to start.

Read on to find out why.

Rejuvenate your beauty

The day spa concept is the natural blending of advanced skin care with the body and facial rejuvenation services in a relaxing atmosphere. Most spas offer services like massage, body treatments and facials. Massage, for example, is far more than an indulgence. It has numerous health benefits: calming the central nervous system; improving blood circulation and helping the body get rid of waste products. Regular massages can keep you feeling your best and improve the quality of your life. A comforting and safe atmosphere in which you can fully express specific needs and experience the amazing benefits of a therapeutic massage. Each session should be personalized to fit your needs and upon your request, incorporate music, aroma therapy and various massage choices such as Swedish, Deep Tissue and Tui


Because so much of “life” and exposure to the sun shows up on the face, a day of facial restoration can leave you looking and feeling beautiful again. Brow and face waxing can brighten your skin and eyes and take years off your face. Add on a peel, shoulder massage, or hand exfoliation and you are on your way. Relax tight face and neck muscles so that you can continue on with your day feeling better than ever!

Relieve stress

We like to think of stress as what happens to others, without realizing how susceptible we may be ourselves, and how it might manifest on our face and body. Serious illness, death or divorce, are not the only challenges people face in life.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that mental disease, including stress and related disorders, will be the second-leading cause of disabilities by the year 2020 and that stress disabilities, which include impaired physical and mental functioning, lost work days and a high use of health care services, are as significant as workplace accidents and medical conditions. All spas are in the business of helping people relax; many now offer specific stress management programs.

Golden Rules

Professional technicians adhere to the culture we have created to make your spa experience a place of rejuvenation both physically and spiritually. Any spa you check out should follow these same, basic guide lines.

1. Estheticians should ask about your home skin-care routine and offer suggestions but should not make you feel pressured to buying products. A comfortable and neutral environment is essential for you to fully take pleasure from your spa experience. 

2. Before you book a treatment, come in and take a tour to make sure you know the spa is clean, pleasant and sanitary and most of all that it gives you a feeling of comfort.

3. Don’t be shy about asking to verify technicians’ certifications. A professional spa should have all licenses, insurances, and employ professionally certified workers.

Spas are the emerging trend and demonstrate a growing desire to rejuvenate one’s youth and sustain a healthy wellness lifestyle. As a large percentage of the population grows older, they begin to look for non-traditional ways to hold onto their youth—or at least the vitality they once had. Nevertheless, with Hollywood leading the pack with celebrities who support heath as a way of life, our youngest generation is also beginning to understand that taking care of their bodies today will slow down the aging clock of tomorrow. 

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The Amazing Benefits of a Facial

If you think that facials are nothing but a frivolous way to pamper your skin, you are wrong. If you think that facials are nothing but a day wasted in the salon, think again. Facials done at a professional spa are the best way to find out if your skin needs anything or how it is reacting to hormonal changes, pollution, stress, makeup, and other elements. Everyone has their own routine they follow at home, but a licensed esthetician can help you truly understand your skin and give advice to correct it. Not to mention, that amazing facial massage not only makes your skin glow but also destresses you and leaves you rejuvenated. Facial massages have actually been found to activate your sympathetic nervous system. This reduces your anxiety levels and uplifts your mood. Don’t miss out on something that’s good for you and your skin.

Prevents aging

Are you noticing fine lines and wrinkles appearing around your eyes, nose and mouth? Anti-aging facials that include glycolic acid treatments, collagen-infused serums, and hyaluronic acid can restore the skin’s firmness and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Getting these facials regularly can help to keep your skin looking fresh, supple, smooth and young.

If your anti-aging facial includes light therapy treatments, you may be able to say goodbye to age spots and broken capillaries for good. Light therapy treatments can help to restore your skin at a deeper level, and will help to rejuvenate and strengthen your skin from inside out. You will need to undergo a series of these treatments to see results. Plan to get a facial at least once per month for optimal benefits.

Helps with problem skin

When a professional facial for acne is combined with the proper at-home skin care routine it works together to treat and prevent acne. This is especially crucial if you have an acne prone skin type or stubborn acne. If you want faster, more permanent results make sure you’re tackling your acne with both at-home care and professional care.

When you squeeze a pimple yourself (extraction), you run the risk of scarring. Acne marks can be stubborn, but facials can help you in treating them. Estheticians often use products containing salicylic acid to treat acne. A study shows that salicylic acid peels help reduce acne and the resulting scars.

Extraction done by a professional is a crucial part of the facial. A skilled person uses the extraction tool to extract all the whiteheads and blackheads without hurting your skin. This is not possible at home. Blackheads and whiteheads clog the pores and make your skin dull. So, if your skin looks a bit bumpy, it’s time to go for a facial.

Eliminates dark circles under the eyes

The most common reason for dark circles under the eye area is because the skin is thinner. When the skin thins out, the blood vessels underneath become more visible, and that blood beneath the skin is what creates the appearance of dark circles. This can happen because of genetics, aging, or long-term overuse of prescription retinoids. Additionally, not getting enough sleep can lead to dark circles because your body’s circulatory system is compromised, and you get stagnant blood in the vessels under the eyes because they haven’t properly drained.

Estheticians know how to treat the delicate area under eye. The eye creams used by them are specially prepared to treat the sensitive skin around your eyes and have anti-aging benefits. Many use cucumber slices during treatment for soothing your eyes. Cucumber contains vitamin K that can help rehydrate tired skin and eliminates dark circles and wrinkles.

Helps eliminate age spots

Age spots are a result of the body producing excess melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. When the skin is exposed to sunlight, the body produces extra melanin to protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, and the melanin in the skin becomes clumped together. Exfoliation can help to even out skin tone by removing dead skin cells. A regular exfoliation routine can create a more homogeneous complexion, as it keeps your complexion fresh and smooth by allowing all the potent ingredients packed in your skincare to penetrate into the skin. A facial evens out those dark spots, giving you a brighter, fresher, skin tone.

The beauty of a professional facial

By getting a proper analysis of your skin by a licensed esthetician, you will learn your skin type so as to properly address your skin’s needs. Most people are using the wrong products for their skin type and that can cause the skin to age prematurely and not look it’s best. Estheticians also have available to them a wide variety of skin-care products that are professional-only products and they know how to use these products properly. 

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Tips for Best Hair Salon Experience in La Mesa

At Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa, we value each and every one of our guests and make it a priority for them to leave our salon looking and feeling their best. We’re the soldiers with scissors, the deities of dying, and the architects of amazing ‘dos. We’re your hair stylist in La Mesa, and we want you to learn a few things about how to make your styling experience perfect.

Do Some Research

Before your appointment, spend some time researching photos of styles, cuts, and color you like. Try to find pictures with similar hair type as yours, (thick, thin, course, etc.) as this will be the best way to steer clear of disappointment. We are professionals at every level, and can offer suggestions of what will look best with your shape of face, hair length, and color for your skin type, but unfortunately, we are not mind readers. Bring pictures then bring more pictures. The more pictures you can give us the better we can determine what you like about the photos and how to give you the best hair salon experience possible.

It also doesn’t hurt to be educated with terminology. Pinterest and other social media channels are not always good resources to learn professional terms for hair. Remember, Pins and Instagram photos are often shared/repinned by people that aren’t professionals and therefore may not know the proper terminology.

Here is an example of the terms “bleach” and “color”:

Bleach and color are two different things. If you’re going lighter, bleach will probably be involved at some point, and there is a lot more potential for damage than with dye when you’re going darker.

All services are not created equal. Highlights are different than color or balayage. A whole new style is different than a trim. If you are not sure what you want (which Is fine) just ask our receptionist to book you more time.

Be Honest and Open

It might sound a bit “heady” (pun intended), but relax and be honest and open minded with your stylist. Hair stylists want to help you, so help them do that. Think of it like chatting with your doctor. Talk to us. At Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa, we can’t give you what you want if you don’t tell us. It’s similar to when you visit the doctor. You don’t get to come in with an illness, not say anything about it, and then feel disappointed when your illness isn’t addressed, right? Tell us honestly what’s going on with your hair. Don’t hold anything back, even if you’re embarrassed.

For example, if you bleach your hair too much, it will get damaged and break off. Be honest about what you’ve done to your hair before, so we have a better idea of which chemicals will be safe to use on your hair.

As a first time guest, our stylists will ask you questions about your hair and how you style it, so be ready to show them what you like and what you don’t. If you are having problems with your hair, come into the salon with your hair styled the way you usually wear it so our stylist can see what the problem areas are and help. And be prepared to talk about your hair routine. We are absolutely here to help you, but you are the one who has to wear it and style it so input on your part is crucial.

We work hard to make sure our guests are completely satisfied when leaving our salon. It’s all about them. Communication is key so ask questions, listen carefully, show us pictures because our idea of red is different from your idea of red. Honesty is the best policy.

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Best Aveda Hair Salon and Spa in La Mesa

What Works for No-Wash Hair Days

At Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa, we proudly offer a full line of Aveda retail products that includes everything from shampoos and conditioners, to skincare, candles and air care all made from the very finest organic plants and flowers. One of the latest hair trends on the rise is the use of dry shampoos. Skipping a wash not only saves precious time, but it can also be healthier for your hair to give it a needed break from blow drying and other damaging heat techniques.

Non-wash day products like dry shampoo have become immensely popular; between work, family life, hobbies, self-care and household tasks, sometimes you just can’t squeeze in a shampoo! Perhaps you’re trying to save water or extend a great blowout or style and simply don’t want to wash your hair yet. Luckily for you, Prêt-à-Porter carries the Aveda no-wash family of products, giving you more options for those “skip a shampoo” days. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, here’s the rundown on our Aveda no-wash favorites.

Shampure Dry Shampoo

The original Aveda no-wash day favorite. Legions of Aveda fans and artists can’t live without it, and we agree that it’s amazing! It’s a non-aerosol powder mist that revives your hair, absorbs excess oil, adds texture and smells like the iconic Shampure. What’s better than that? Just shake and pouf into your roots, then massage in and style!

Heat Relief Thermal Protector and Conditioning Mist

Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner has a new name and some pretty new packaging. Hey, we all need a makeover sometimes! Heat Relief is essential for all your thermal styling needs.  It’s a heat protectant and dry conditioner, infused with the classic Shampure aroma, that instantly conditions dry hair and adds softness and shine. Heat Relief’s blend of certified organic jojoba and sunflower oils help condition and detangle hair while protecting from thermal damage from heat styling.

Rinseless Refresh Micellar Hair & Scalp Refresher

New to the Aveda lineup this year, and we’re so excited about it. It’s perfect for the gym and no-wash days because its micellar technology cleanses the scalp, and it also refreshes and revives your hair texture, making it a must have for anyone with waves, curls and coils. (Or bedhead. Rinseless Refresh is great for putting some oomph into your bedhead and making it look presentable.) Plus, it has a brand-new fresh, floral aroma of jasmine and certified organic mandarin, lemon and ylang ylang that we think you’re going to love.

To purchase any of these products, call or come by and visit us at Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa in La Mesa.

Voted Best Hair Salon and Spa in La Mesa

Classic and Comfortable

 Owned by Roz and Dan Oserin, Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa is a cozy, boutique neighborhood salon and spa located in the downtown area of La Mesa, just 20 minutes from downtown San Diego. We chatted with co-owner Roz Oserin, who gives the inside scoop on this prestigious title, key products, what guests are buzzing about, and more.

“We are proud to be the recipient of this title, and know it’s due to our experienced staff, wide range of services, and quality Aveda products,” comments Roz. “We offer a full line of Aveda retail products, that includes everything from shampoos and conditioners, to skincare, candles and air care all made from the very finest organic plants and flowers.”

Roz has an extensive background in the beauty industry with over 30 years invested, and was a color educator for an international color company for 8 years prior to opening Prêt-à-Porter. Today, Prêt-à-Porter is the perfect wellness escape, featuring a menu of traditional and signature massage services, skin treatments including waxing and facials, body therapies, hair cuts and color, full nail salon and more.

Our Team

“We employ a power-house team of dedicated professionals who go the extra mile for each of our guests,” reported Roz. “They are amazing at providing personalized service and guests compliment them all day long. Our employees continually undergo advanced education to bring the highest level of service to our customers.  With a commitment to bringing out the absolute best version of our guests, training is conducted in the areas of hair cutting and styling, coloring techniques, as well as all body and skin care so services are provided by an expert in their craft.” 

An Aveda Concept Salon and Spa

What does that mean to customers? Everything. Aveda products insures a commitment from us to care for our clients, environment, and our planet, with the highest dedication to service and sustainability. Aveda uses what has been termed green ingredients.  So, all of the products contain ingredients that are not only non-toxic, but also certified organic.  Your body absorbs over 60% of the products it is directly exposed to so you want to make sure the ingredients are healthy- no carcinogens and no parabens.

The reputation of the Aveda training program is second to none with a commitment to its students, the environment, and most importantly, ensuring satisfaction with all their products. We know that the decision to use a beauty product is a personal one and can often take several tries to find a line that works for you as an individual.  We invite you to stop by, visit our website, or call the store to take advantage of samples and special offers. Let us help you disconnect and find balance away from the hustle of a busy life. We have created an intimate, warm, and comfortable sanctuary where life’s cares are left at the door.

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Locating the Best Hair Salon in La Mesa

Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa is celebrating over 2 decades at its current location on the newly revived La Mesa Boulevard, home of trendy restaurants with outdoor seating, boutique shopping, and live entertainment. Situated down the street from one of San Diego’s top Cohn Restaurants, Bo-beau’s, Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa fits right in as part of this new hip strip of La Mesa. An inspiring way to spend your day in San Diego as a stay-cation destination.

Owners Roz and Dan Oserin, have received the title, “Best Hair Salon and Spa in La Mesa” and it comes as really no surprise. Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa is very attune to the ever-changing needs of their guests, which brings a constant stream of educators and classes into the salon to keep staff up-to-date with the latest trends and styles. Customer satisfaction means keeping current with what is in demand. Their talented staff is diverse in their abilities and keep themselves challenged and excited about their professions. “If we’re not fresh and exciting, neither will our guests be,” says Roz.

Not wanting to become an overly trendy, uncomfortable atmosphere Prêt-à-Porter is and always has been, a comfy neighborhood hang with guests often stopping by just to say hello. Appointments and walk-ins welcome!

Diverse Services

Pret-a-Porter, an Aveda Concept Salon & Spa, offers a convenient variety of services. A one stop for a complete day of beauty starting off with a corrective Hair Coloring and Cut…moving along to a Spa Manicure and Pedicure using the long lasting Shellak Manicure as a replacement for acrylic nails. Round out the day by pampering yourself with a rejuvenating Botanical Facial, and finish up with a Hot Stone Therapy massage. Visit their website for a complete list of all services.

Exclusively Aveda

Prêt-à-Porter exclusively offers the Aveda line so you can continue your treatments at home.  However, you may need a few reasons to commit before switching over to Aveda products, so this is why staff uses them in house (and at home themselves).

Prêt-à-Porter Salon & Spa is proud to use exclusively Aveda products, and know they are the best in the La Mesa area because of it.  When you enter their doors you can be guaranteed a commitment from of care for you, the environment, and the planet with the highest dedication to service and sustainability. The reputation of the Aveda training program that their staff undergoes is second to none with a commitment to its students, the environment, and most importantly, ensuring guests are satisfied with all services.

One of the many other benefits to the exclusive Aveda line is so you can continue your treatments at home.  However, you may need a few reasons to commit before switching over to Aveda products, so this is why they are used in the salon (and by staff themselves). Another benefit is Aveda products are eco-friendly. All of the products contain ingredients that are not only non-toxic, but also certified organic.  Your body absorbs over 60% of the products it is directly exposed to so you want to make sure the ingredients are healthy (no carcinogens).

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