For more than 15 years, aesthetician Angela Caravalho has been helping teens clear their complexions and assisting adults in their ongoing quest to maintain a smooth, youthful visage. During facials, organic, oxygen-based Knutek products deliver bacteria-fighting and blemish-belittling oxygen plasma to the skin, helping conquer acne and acne rosacea. Microdermabrasion sweeps away facial debris and donut crumbs with help from a light vacuum massage, and Angela can also help cart away excess cellulite through treatments that may include specially designed bodysuits and light therapy.
The nail technicians at Bella Piaz Salon & Spa focus on beautifying natural nails. Eschewing acrylics?and the fumes and damaging drilling that come with them?they daub their clients? fingertips with non-formaldehyde polish or CND Shellac. Elsewhere in the salon, a trio of stylists cuts, colors, and adorns hair with feather and tinsel extensions. In the spa, staffers whip up customized facials to target acne and rosacea, or treat guests to other services such as waxing, aromatherapeutic massages, and spa parties for all occasions.
Inside A Beautiful New You, owner Alicia Nagyhazi helps clients to tend to their largest organ with myriad skincare services that include waxing, facials, and microdermabrasion. Nagyhazi boasts a certificate in microdermabrasion and is considered a speed waxer, smoothing skin in quick sessions using Tu’eL cleanser and oil and Berins hard wax and Miracle oil, which is only known to have performed one type of miracle.
For more than nine years, certified massage therapist Michelle has trained her hands to seek out soreness and tension buried deep within clients? musculature. She uses carefully practiced techniques, such as the luxuriating strokes of Swedish massage, the circulation-stimulating manipulations of lymphatic-drainage massage, and the closed-fist raps that bring unclaimed wishes within your grasp. Add-ons such as heated river rocks, skin-nourishing salt glows, and foot soaks enhance her massage sessions, delivered as clients stretch out under a plush comforter in a room imbued with the warm, soft glow of a jar of fireflies.
The aestheticians at Young Image Spa rejuvenate skin with a menu that includes facials, peels, waxing, and nail services. Vitamin C facials tackle lackluster cells loitering on the skin's surface, and peels and microdermabrasion treatments go even deeper to even out wrinkles and age spots. Young Image Spa's staff also tend to appendages with mani-pedis that employ products from OPI, CND, and Gelish, ideal for digits prone to inciting thumb wars.
Joseph Alex spent more than five years as an apprentice and stylist at salons throughout the Bay Area. Although his apprenticeship is over, he continues to educate himself on new trends while staying practiced in classic styles. He puts this knowledge and experience to use deftly sculpting chic new dos, weaving braids, attaching extensions, and adding color.