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.
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.
When Julie and Rhea were children, their dream world was populated not by magical beings but by sunlit salon chairs. They practiced updo techniques on their friends and family during these younger years, then carried their passion for hairstyling through high school and into programs at prestigious companies, including Bumble and bumble, Goldwell, and Unite. Upon establishing their own salon, they named it Le Reve, a French homage to the dream they had finally realized.
The salon's services earned two awards from CityVoter: winner of Best Hair Color, and runner-up for Best Haircut. On a daily basis, the staff combines well-rounded experience with individual specialties, such as complex bridal dos, keratin straightening treatments, and curls. They utilize products from Oribe, Coppola, and Unite to help fashion and nourish tresses. Guests can consult with their stylist to plan creative or corrective color applications, and even schedule a makeup session to flatter their features.
Michael Adam, owner of Panache2, channels a passion for coiffure that has lead him to found several salons and invent the Twistmaster, a multipurpose styling tool. Drawing upon more than 50 years of collective experience and certification from groups including Aveda, the shop's stylists reinvent 'dos beneath high ceilings and elaborate lighting, which helped them win a 2013 Burlingame Beauty Salons award. Gleaming stone floors collect snipped tresses, and navy-blue salon chairs support patrons as they admire themselves like butterflies emerging from the gym.
Owner Dinna Elgelda draws from 14 years of experience and a never-ending pursuit of new trends to transform hair from straggly strands to works of art. An independent contractor at Tamer Mickel Salon who is also licensed and does work in New York, Dinna specializes in hair extensions and uses the Great Lengths extension system to create longer locks and emergency tower exits. She also changes textures and hues with coloring services and restores tress health with products from Moroccanoil, L?Oreal, and Phyto. A lifelong learner, Dinna makes sure to stay up-to-date on hair trends by attending regular major styling classes instructed by famous stylists such as Nick Arrojo from the show What Not to Wear.
A combination of modern recessed lighting and mini overhead lanterns evoke a star constellation above Najwa’s Salon’s peach-hued walls and white floor tiles. Amid these mod accents, skilled stylists chisel elegant layers in hair and splash color on strands with products by Paul Mitchell and American Crew. They can also spiff up clients’ brow outskirts with a facial wax or beautify mugs with a permanent-makeup session.