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.
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.
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.
At Rags 2 Riches Hair Lounge, stylists shape tresses as clients nibble on chocolate truffles and sip fresh coffee. This is just a hint of the luxury the salon strives for. Rags 2 Riches makes sure to schedule appointments with enough of a buffer in between to heap mounds of attention on clients. This comes in handy, especially considering that the salon deals in a range of meticulous, time-intensive services. Stylists affix extensions or rejuvenate natural locks with one of four hair masque treatments, and the CHI Enviro American Smoothing Treatment that restructures proteins in the hair without harsh chemicals to create sleek, almost reflective locks. Meanwhile, complimentary WiFi lets guests catch up on e-mail or robots in disguise download new conversation topics.
Michelle Brucato brings 16 years of experience to UK Hair, where she removes split ends and styles hair to desired looks. Though she specializes in working with longer hair and coloring, she's versed in hair of all types, from women's and men's to children's.
Licensed cosmetologist Shirley Lee shares the magic touch of her extensive training at Beauty Wand, where she reveals storybook-worthy skin and hair. Lee boasts a certification from the Comité International D'Esthétique Et De Cosmétologie, an internationally recognized, hands-on program that represents the highest level of qualification an aesthetician can earn. From there, she developed specialties that include a facial massage with royal honey and lymphatic drainage. At Vidal Sassoon, she learned two methods of hair straightening and developed the dexterity to design bridal up-dos for blushing fiancées and cheeky, committed bachelors.