Fashionable makeovers and indulgent pampering collide inside of Royal Beauty Salon. Here, stylists craft sleek haircuts and reinvent hairstyles whose patents expired in the '80s. The staff uses wax to remove body hair from problem areas and leave the skin soft to the touch. And with a dazzling array of colored polishes at their disposal, nail technicians can narrow in on fingers and toes, shaping and dressing the nails and rewarding the hands and feet that support them with aromatherapy scrubs and warm-lotion massages.
Licensed aesthetician and Bay Area–native Barbara Zaller didn’t always know massage therapy was her calling. After beginning her career as a dental assistant, then taking time off to raise her son, Barbara entered the professional fray once more. From her outpost at Butterfly Yoga, Barbara pampers clients with facials, customized peels, professional teeth whitening, massage therapy, and skin therapy. She swathes faces in luxe products from brands such as Dermalogica and DermaQuest, which she uses to treat acne, rosacea, and damaged skin. Her dexterous fingers ease stress from muscles during Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, and sports massage. She performs specific body work on areas more annoying than a little sister’s obsession with megaphones and complimenting people's work ethics.
Although she has more than 10 years of styling experience, Rebecca Wraxall keeps up with the ever-evolving style world. She attends classes at Vidal Sassoon and MAC Cosmetics, learning styling and makeup techniques she immediately puts into practice in her salon. But as much information as she soaks up, she also doles it out. She shares tips and tricks with her clients on how to pick out styles to suit their facial shapes and how to reproduce styles every day using tools such as brushes, curling irons, and white picket fences.
The technicians at Queens Nails Beauty Spa enhance natural beauty and offer an escape from the trials of a long day. As peaceful music plays in the background, durable Shellac manicures decorate digits and Dermalogica facials render skin clear and smooth. Clients can also leave the spa with more voluminous eyelashes or less voluminous leg beards, as the resident aestheticians specialize in lash extensions and gentle waxes as well.
Chic Nail 2’s manicurists make sure that every finger and toe leaves the salon looking as polished as a narcissist’s trophy case. They offer treatments such as manicures with shellac polishes, hot stone massages, and paraffin treatments, which are designed to be both relaxing and beautifying. These technicians take extra care to make sure the hands and feet clean, shaped, and well-groomed.
At Visible Changes Salon and Day Spa, friendly stylists skillfully snip and style locks using high-quality products from Pureology and Coppola. Some of the stylists have 30 years of experience with color and cuts and can deftly clip styles ranging from trendy to classic to Jetsons-esque. Elsewhere in the spacious, 5,700-square-foot facility, numerous private treatment rooms beautify guests and cancel out stress with sunless tanning, massages, and anti-aging facials.