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.
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.
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.
Former MAC artist and professional stylist Meghan Braida channels her creativity onto clients from the neck up, designing hair and cosmetic makeovers inside her bright downtown Burlingame lounge. Hair services with Redken and Kenra products may color or smooth out locks, and makeup applications add flattering tints to both men and women's features, accented by the arches of artfully waxed eyebrows.
Before their appointments, Meghan's guests can sip on wine or fan hovering butterfly clips away from sweet-smelling herbal tea. The lounge's lipstick-red dresser and florid patterned couch cast a crisp Victorian vibe over hardwood floors, and an intimate styling station stresses the personalized elements of Meghan's work. Epic Artistry borders Polished Nail Care as well as several boutiques, enabling each visitor to nab a new aesthetic in a single errand.
Landmark Spas' staff employs relaxing treatments to help pamper patrons inside and out. During deep-tissue massages, a certified therapist applies pressure to bone-hugging muscle tissues, working to relieve pain caused by strenuous physical activity, injury, or turning into a bronze statue after thinking too hard. The more common Swedish massage utilizes long, flowing strokes as well as kneading and tapping techniques to gently soothe stress and boost circulation. Alternatively, during a 30-minute cold-laser therapy session, skilled staff can target specific areas with a low-level laser to help promote tissue repair, boost blood supply, and encourage showboating disco-dance moves. The noninvasive treatment is said to treat a wide variety of pain syndromes such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and tendonitis.
As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.