Wilshire Beauty sells an amazing selection of high end beauty and hair products from an elegant white, art deco building. Founded in 1947, the store was originally established as a laboratory for Rita Hayworth’s colorist and Bette Davis's makeup artist to experiment. Today, Wilshire Beauty is brightly lit, easy to navigate and neatly stocked with a wide selection of products. It’s especially a good place for people with particular tastes or special needs since the store stocks a collection of American, European and Japanese beauty products, many which were only available in exclusive salons, and the store even has a nice candle selection. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable and can make recommendations for those in need of a little guidance. There is parking in the back of the building as well as on the street.
Certified massage therapist Erin Warfield Shaffer expresses her belief in holistic approaches to wellness by treating bodies to a detoxifying combination of hands, herbs, and hydrotherapy. Shaffer's four massages range from hot-stone techniques that melt tension in backs to reflexology methods that manipulate the feet in an effort to relieve pain in the rest of the body. She also cleanses bodies with such detoxification rituals as the acupoint session, a massage-like treatment that causes key points in the body to absorb healthy herbs so that clients don't have to sleep on a pile of herb-crusted halibut. The center also concocts custom facials and peels that nourish the skin with hydrotherapy, botanicals rich in Vitamin C, and other organic ingredients.
Tricia Greenwood has sharpened her shears on fashion runways and photo shoots for high-profile actors. Now she draws on this experience to transform tresses at Park Avenue Salon, offering services that range from cuts and blow-dry styles to highlights and Italian high-gloss treatments. In addition to lowering ears, Tricia also indulges them as a professional musician with two full albums and three singles to her credit, all of which are available on iTunes.
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 Erika's Salon Boutique, professional beauty technicians—some of whom are bilingual in Spanish—perform hair, nail, and makeup services for a comprehensive salon experience. From a selection of permanent-makeup services, full-lip color can give pouters a fuller appearance, rectify their asymmetry, or make them invisible to thwart covert mouth readers. To achieve the impression of fuller, thicker, or darker brows, clients can opt for brow coloring. Permanent-eyeliner application on the top and bottom eyelids frames the eyes to bestow them with an enchanting semblance and hinder their attempts to escape from the head. Each client can return for a complimentary touchup session to keep the makeup looking as impeccable as it was when they were born.
The hairstylists at It's My Hair Salon handle all types of hair, from thick, curly locks to stick-straight strands. The salon is helmed by lead stylists Mi and Natae, who transform styles with chic cut and color treatments, keratin treatments, or simple wash and sets—which ready ladies for a night on the town and erase bull’s-eyes from bald heads. Waxing services remove fuzz from lips and chins or transform bushy brows into polished arches. The beauty team also pampers skin with special-occasion makeup applications, and they even share their secrets during makeup lessons.