How did the concept of CLEO come about?
The concept behind CLEO began years ago when I was living in Los Angeles studying esthetics. I was deep into learning all things skincare and at the same time I was in a personal transformation to live a more spiritual, mindful, holistic and healthy life. I applied this newfound mindset to a very traditional industry and this is where the idea of CLEO was born. I dreamed of a salon that was deeply connected with nature, provided powerful and transformative results, empowered clients and offered natural and holistic practices. Today I am so proud of what CLEO has become and the community we’ve created.
Why pick Bird Rock?
Bird Rock is such a special place. It has a small town vibe with a short boulevard lined with neighborhood businesses, yet less than 800 feet away is the La Jolla coastline that just takes your breath away. It can be a drive for some of our clients, but they usually make a mini day-trip out of their appointment and end up shopping or enjoying a meal at the park overlooking the ocean.
Most popular products?
We make our own botanical hydrosols and oils and the Rose Hydrosol and Seabuckthorn Oil are the biggest sellers in the salon. These hydrosols are wonderful facial toners to add hydration, plumpness and overall vibrancy to your skin.
Anything else we might know about our business?
We are most well known for our Sculptural Face Lifting Massage Facial — this facial is a natural alternative to injections and fillers. We combines our signature CLEO facial with an intensive massage technique to help lift, tone and release tension from the face, neck and shoulders. This treatment has been popular amongst a variety of our clients due to it being a more holistic approach to facial procedures.
Meet the team
A little about me, I'm a native Texan who voyaged to the west coast in pursuit of a more balanced and healthy lifestyle (also that big blue ocean!). I started my professional career in esthetics in 2010 after meeting Danielle Corriea, a holistic esthetician and my mentor. When I'm not working, you can find me in my garden with my beautiful daughter, dancing in Baja with friends or out on the water surfing with my husband. I believe balance is the key to life...and to skincare!
Self-care to me is taking the time to check in with yourself and create space for whatever you need. Sometimes all I need is to remember to apply a skincare mask while I'm in a long shower and other times I need to realize I need a full solo weekend getaway to fill my self-care cup!
My journey into holistic skincare has been a long road and honestly how I look at most aspects of life. I've always been a deep thinker and a big researcher so looking at a problem from many angles has always interested me. I've always been skeptical of quick fixes and believe a holistic and sustainable approach is always best!
My favorite skincare tip is to use a hydrosol throughout the day! It's very rare I meet someone with truly hydrated skin and a hydrosol can change your skin's hydration instantly. From oily skin to extreme dry skin, adding these plant-based hydrosols provide an instant fix!
My name is Hillary. I was born and raised in beautiful San Diego, and have been a Licensed Esthetician since 2019. I am the Lead Acne Specialist here at CLEO, with extensive knowledge in the Face Reality product line. I am experienced in the Facial Sculpting Massage, Custom Holistic Facials, and Sugaring hair removal. I love bringing out your skin's potential!
When I'm not in the salon, I am most likely investing time in my own self-care rituals or exploring a new part of the world with my friends and family.
To me, self-care is giving yourself permission to pause, and indulge in activities or experiences that make your soul happy.
I wanted to be an Esthetician so that I could be one small part in helping you look and feel like your best self. What I didn't realize in the beginning was how much I would enjoy building beautiful relationships with my clients. I love being able to laugh with you all, learn from you all, and grow from it.
My favorite skincare tip is to wear SPF 30 and eat as much dark chocolate as you like.
My name is Alex. I grew up in North County San Diego and have lived there all my life. I have been passionate about beauty and skin care for as long as I can remember, and went straight to beauty school after finishing high school. I have been an esthetician since 2015 and couldn't love it more. I love the ocean, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Self-care to me is taking the time to put yourself first!
I got into holistic living and skincare when I was struggling with my own skin and health issues. It completely changed everything for me.
My skincare tip is to be kind to your skin and keep it simple. Less is more, in my opinion.
Hello, I’m Danessa! I’m originally from Reno, NV but have been living in San Diego for a few years. I️ fell in love with skin care at a young age while trying to heal my own skin issues. I️ began my journey as a licensed Esthetician in 2019 to help others feel confident in their skin. I️ absolutely love what I️ do and am always seeking new knowledge to provide the best experience.
In my free time you can catch with my 2 dogs at Dog Beach or out on a trail hiking with my family and friends.
My skin care tip is to always start your day and end your day with a glass of water. Hydrated skin starts from within.
Hi! I'm Haley! I'm originally from the LA area and have been living in San Diego for two years! I have been a licensed esthetician since 2015 with a love for all holistic skincare products and services. I am also a reiki master. I specialize in buccal massage, lymphatic drainage, reiki healing, and sugaring hair removal. I combine my background of reiki energetic healing with my treatments to create a comforting and welcoming space for you to relax and find your center of restorative healing.
In my free time, I lead sound baths and enjoy yoga and surfing!
My favorite skincare tip is to make sure you are taking care of your microbiome and mental and emotional well-being to bring balance and keep your skin healthy! I can't wait to meet you!
Hi! I'm Ally! I was born and raised in North Texas but moved to San Diego in 2015 after spending several years on the East Coast for college. I struggled with acne in my teens like so many of us, and was fortunate to have an incredible esthetician to guide me on my skin health journey. Thus, my passion for skincare and wellness was born and after years of working as a freelance makeup artist I became an esthetician in 2018. I've always been interested in pursuing plant-based remedies and living in conjunction with natural cycles so the journey to holistic skincare was an organic one, so to speak. I always wanted to be of service to others in my work, so to be able to help someone in the way my esti helped me is my dream job.
When I'm not in the spa, you can find me on a nature walk, trying a new sushi restaurant, or cozy at home practicing all my favorite self-care rituals.
My favorite skincare/wellness tip is to take a step back from the mirror. It's so easy to be too hard on ourselves and I think it's always a good rule of thumb to take a step back and get a better idea of the whole picture. Also, oil cleansing. Sometimes it's the only step in my routine.