Inside Euro Nail Spa, touches of antiquity?Doric columns, a tiered fountain, and hanging European scenes?blend with the modern mainstays of television and WiFi. The pedicure chairs are sleek and contemporary, yet guests submerge their feet in a separate bowl of water and flowers in a way that evokes an ancient royal pampering. Steam and hot towels coax pores into relaxation during skincare services, many of which pair a traditional cleansing facial with an aromatic mask?such as strawberry, mint, or green tea?and a shoulder massage. Additional massages sap tension from the feet and scalp with focused kneads. At the hairstyling stations, modernity reemerges in the form of abstract art and simple black furniture. The staff trims, colors, and texturizes strands as clients sip on one of the spa's complimentary beverages: coffee, tea, or soda.
Given cellulite’s ability to survive any amount of jogging, weightlifting, or salad, it is no wonder people often consider drastic surgical steps to lose it. The staff at PerfectMe by Laser takes a more scientific approach, slimming and smoothing bodies with noninvasive, FDA-approved technologies. By combining cold laser light, infrared energy, ultrasonic beams, and radio frequency waves, the staff is able to get at clingy fat stores and cellulite dimples without ever breaking the skin. As a result, clients skip or moonwalk from the office without worry of recovery time or physical evidence such as bruising or T-shirts that say "I'm with laser."
Though lasers are the spa’s main gig, the dove-gray walls and splashes of pink and floral accents observe more than just cellulite melting into smooth, even textures. Clients also burnish smiles with the dental spa’s veneer fitting and teeth whitening, internalize deep inhalations of aromatherapy, or ease their mitts into warm paraffin therapy dips.
At Drybar, a pair of scissors or hair-coloring foil is nowhere to be found. That?s because the business?s founder, Alli Webb, opened the shop strictly for blowouts after her in-home business skyrocketed. Featured extensively in the media, each of the more than 25 white-hued, airy shops revolves around a center bar where customers sit for around 45 minutes as stylists blow-dry, straighten, and curl their hair. From a menu booklet, clients select a cocktail-themed hairstyle, such as The Mai Tai, which imparts beachy waves, and The Manhattan, which streamlines locks with a sleek finish that mimics the straight lines of downtown New York and can be outfitted with a tiny doorman who hails cabs for you. The staff at Drybar also crafts updos, travels on location for an additional fee, offers high-end products and tools available for purchase, and tallies bar tabs so that customers can pay for multiple blowouts at once.
The stylists at Natural Look Salon & Spa go beyond making clients look good?they help clients create a style all their own. And if their work isn't good enough, the stylists will redo it for free or refund clients' money. Before each service, stylists consult extensively with their clients to learn about their individual beauty desires and daily style habits. Stylists then craft custom, fashion-forward cuts by calling on their considerable training and on skills picked up at ongoing education programs in the salon and around the country. To help maintain the new 'do, guests can sign up to get periodic reminders about when to schedule follow-up appointments and avoid an awkward length in between pixie and Rapunzel. The strand-focused salon also acknowledges that image isn't all about hair?much like Mr. Clean's online dating profile, the salon's in-house aestheticians, waxing experts, and a sports-and-medical-massage specialist focus on the rest of the body.
The makeup artists and professional stylists at Epic Artistry have no lack of canvases for their art. Inside their bright downtown Burlingame lounge, they channel their creativity into making over clients during hair and makeup services, including applications and classes. They also add flattering tints to both men and women's features, accented by the arches of artfully waxed eyebrows.
Before their appointments, guests can sip herbal tea to relax. The lounge's lipstick-red dresser and florid patterned couch cast a crisp Victorian vibe over the hardwood floors. Epic Artistry borders several boutiques, enabling visitors to quickly nab a whole new look even without falling into a vat of yellow dye number 5.
Project Zen aims to provide a serene sanctuary where clients can complement Western medicinal regimes with Eastern healing practices that coordinate internal harmony with preventative massage services. Stepping inside the spa, clients will notice its rich red tapestries and bright gold pillows, which exude an opulence matched only by drinking red wine out of a solid gold sippy cup. Project Zen, like its sister spa in Thailand, pampers patrons and aims to improve their overall wellness with treatments such as Japanese shiatsu, a brand of acupressure involving languid thumb, palm, knee, and feet strokes. In addition, an in-house line of bath and body products blended from coconut oil and flowers are used during deep-tissue and Swedish massages.