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.
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 façades. 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.
Signature Service: Deluxe Spa Facial with results in one hour
Brands Used: Aubrey Organics Skin Care products
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Pro Tip: Confidence?the aesthetician has extensive training and a career spanning over 23 years.
Alvin Wen, owner of Top Image Salon, is as versatile with colors as a chameleon, transforming each head of hair with vivid hues and precise cutting techniques that fit each client's style. He offers everything from bold, modern cuts to bright coloring treatments he has seen at fashion shows. Armed with Wella products, Wen helps clients look as put together as the Mona Lisa, which is actually a jigsaw puzzle.