Jorge and Jessica opened Antidote Salon in 2009, combining his hair-cutting skills and her make-up artistry to cure their clients of tired styles. Today their salon is known for its emphasis on customer service, its wide range of skin treatments, and for being part of the Aveda network of salons. But Jorge and Jessica's main focus has always been on their clients. Every visit to the salon side starts with an in-depth consultation about the client's needs and lifestyle to create just the right look. Throughout the salon, the team designs new 'dos and treats skin solely with Aveda products that are as friendly to the environment as a venture capitalist who just found out leaves are worth their weight in gold.
The floor-to-ceiling front window at Topps Salon Day Spa lets in natural sunlight that bounces off the pale-yellow walls and light wooden floors. Upon entering the airy salon, guests see shelves full of pink, purple, and green Pureology bottles—with a few products by American Crew and Framesi sprinkled in—as well as a counter with complimentary coffee. A row of six styling chair lies to the left, where staff draw on their certifications and training in Brazilian Blowout, Vidal Sassoon, and Framesi to revamp hair.
In the day spa, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair and rejuvenate skin with facials for both men and women, while massage therapists relieve aches with Swedish and shiatsu massages. Nail technicians contribute manicures and pedicures topped off with OPI polish, or create nail art recreating each scene from the Bayeux Tapestry.
When 17 Jewels Salon + Spa owner Julie Stevens noticed the inscription “17 jewels” on her late grandfather’s watch, she knew she’d found the perfect name for her salon. The term refers to the jewels—typically synthetic rubies—used to craft mechanical watches that help reduce friction in the internal mechanism, resulting in precise and dependable timekeeping, even in a black hole. Not only was it a catchy name, it also stood for reliability, an ideal she hoped to bring to her salon.
Today, Julie and her team live up to that ideal with a full line of salon and spa services that beauty clients time and again using products from Kevin.Murphy, ilike Organic Skin Care, and other professional brands. All services are performed in a salon festooned with murals of bright-red flowers, a nod to Julie’s other lifelong passion: art.
Genray Hair Salons' stylists continue to refine their hair-manipulating skills with ongoing training from Paul Mitchell, Bumble and bumble, and Organic Systems. After staff put their continually sharpened skills to use sculpting hair into flattering bobs, shags, or monuments to ancient Egyptian gods, they may also apply a specialty conditioning treatment that strengthens strands. Alternatively, skilled hands can apply keratin treatments in which protein bonds form a health-boosting protective shield extending from the hair’s cuticle to its tip. Even after leaving the salon, clients can extend their locks’ good looks with high-end Kérastase products available for purchase.
After stints cutting hair in London and Hawaii, Kay now shuttles between three Bay Area salons to create alluring 'dos using knowledge garnered from 25 years of strand-snipping. Her menu of hair services includes cuts for ladies and gentlemen along with tints and highlights for neglected coloring books. Clients can come to Kay for a desired look or indulge tresses in her personal specialty, sculpting long layers and festooning locks with highlights that appear to be brightened by sunrays and highly coveted Halley's Comet rays.