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.
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.
At Te & Ashi Spa, great nails are a family affair. The family owned and operated spa welcomes clients in for relaxing, meticulous manicures and pedicures. Technicians shape nails, care for cuticles, and smooth skin. They finish by applying colorful coats of regular or chip-resistant shellac polish, which can last for up to two weeks, depending on how many scratch-and-sniff stickers patrons own.
Colorful works from local artists adorn the walls in the comfy confines of Maison Salon, where highly trained sculptors and select stylists, Noemi or Margaret, prettify each head's keratin canvas with vivid colors and masterful scissor strokes. Present your strands and caring, attentive professionals who will conjure up a 'do to best fit your dome, whether you wish it to match a preferred look, the latest fashion, or warring willow trees. Both of today's aesthetically enhancing options include the infusion of premium products from brands such as Icon, Joico, and more.