Faust Salon and Spa Scotts Valley

I recently had the chance to sample several services at Faust, a high-end salon and spa in Scotts Valley, Calif., owned by the lovely Anna Wu, a professional makeup artist (who, by the way, has the most beautiful skin I've ever seen). Wu took over helming the salon in late 2011 and has created a stylish, fashion-forward space that sells top of the line products like Kerastase, Oribe, Bumble and Bumble, and Aveda, and offers an array of holistic spa services as well as hair cuts and more. 

"I wanted to create a salon environment that is the perfect hybrid between all of the fantastic qualities Santa Cruz and a larger city, like San Francisco, would have to offer," says Wu of her environmentally-conscious salon.

While there, I had a chance to get to know the talented Wu, as well as partake in a few hours of pampering. First up was a massage by Yarah. I was immediately impressed by her all-around attention when before we even started, she asked for a run down on what I was going through in life. For Yarah, that signals where you might be carrying stress in your body, as well as how to create a massage for you that meets your current needs in life. Bottom line: Amazing. I haven't felt that relaxed or stress-free in a long time. 

Next up: A Facial with Michelle Kelly. Likewise, she took time to evaluate my skin. I was especially impressed by Kelly's home-made mask containing lavender oil, aloe, raw honey and a secret ingredient from the health food store. I left with remarkably glowing skin and I've since inquired about having Kelly make me a customized at-home mask. Recommendation: Must-see facialist.

Lastly, hairstylist Nina Trbovich gave me a customized Kerastase hair treatment and blow out, which is especially nice as I have naturally curly hair. Results: Beautiful, soft hair that lasted for several weeks.

Review in a flash: Faust Scotts Valley has injected a shot of elegance, sophistication and high-end spa offerings into this city near the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's a treasure trove of products and services. A must if you're a local or you're traveling through the area.

Faust Salon and Spa Scotts Valley is at 219 Mount Hermon Road, Scotts Valley, (831) 706-8960.