Although she has more than 10 years of styling experience, Rebecca Wraxall of House of Couture at Sola Salon Studios 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.
A Best of the Bay 2010 Viewer?s Choice winner, Herbal Mineral?s four California locations couple a devotion to recapturing youth with a commitment to cruelty-free and environmentally friendly products and practices. An arsenal of vegan, earth-friendly beauty products speaks to their commitment to bettering the planet, and visitors sip fair-trade-certified tea that helps to fund landslide restoration and reforestation. The staff?s diverse palette of skills runs the gamut from waxing and organic facials to candling and herbal body contouring, the latter of which can help shape silhouettes into comely hourglasses or vertical representations of the New York skyline.
At Bella Rose, staff members adroitly cut hair, teach private makeup lessons, and arrange bridal makeup and styling services. Wedding consultations give brides-to-be a chance to plan for the occasion, bringing in photos to help discuss how hair should look and whether the figurines atop the cake need concealer.
Fifth Avenue Salon's master stylist is a teacher for Matrix Color, and only the finest Matrix coloring products are used in the salon. Every haircut for women ($40) and men ($35) begins with a professional consultation, during which the stylist discusses possible styling and color options and interpretations of Inception. The salon's expert color artisans, meanwhile, can transform your scalp into a Technicolor musical with a full color service (starting at $75) or highlights (starting at $75 for partial and $100 for a full set). Color touch-ups start at $50. Fifth Avenue also offers conditioning ($15) and scalp ($25) treatments for customers who are tired of having their hair chewed on by horses. Waxing services such as upper lip ($15) and eyebrows ($18) make sure clients stop getting mistaken for the Swedish Chef.
Ninel Brodsky-Ladizhensky, a California board-certified aesthetician, draws upon 15 years as a cosmetologist and permanent-makeup artist to execute long-lasting cosmetic services. Known as Nelly to friends and clients, her extensive credentials include more than 350 hours of advanced permanent-makeup instruction as well as continuing education. She wields this expertise to intensify natural beauty and diminish the appearance of blemishes and scars through permanent eyebrow, eyeliner, and lip-liner treatments. Nelly applies hypoallergenic, iron-oxide-free, MRI-safe, and FDA-approved pigments to skin while matching colors to skin tone, features, and third-eye color.
In Nelly?s sterile and spotless spa, she follows OSHA standards and regulations, performing skincare treatments such as a pumpkin peels and back facials alongside waxing services that utilize Cirepil products.
The staff at Beatrice Salon uses the latest in beauty technology, brightening teeth with a laser whitening system, smoothing faces with microdermabrasion, and applying convenient permanent makeup to fa?ades. During facials, aestheticians soothe skin with relaxing aromatherapy, back facial treatments, and microdermabrasions that target fine lines, wrinkles, and creases left after folding oneself into an overhead luggage compartment. Nail technicians pamper hands with manicures and feet with pedicures as clients kick back in cushy chairs. Permanent-makeup services include eyeliner, lip liner, and full brow coloring, and eyelash extensions lengthen lashes semipermanently. Technicians can also complete a new look by wielding the laser-powered BleachBright teeth-whitening system to brighten chompers four to eight shades in 15?20 minutes.