For nearly a decade, the skincare professionals at Lan’s Skin Care and Health Spa have maintained a relaxing haven that stimulates the body's capacity to heal. With each service, they attend to emotional and physical needs, adhering to the belief that mind, body, and spirit are as inextricably linked as peanut butter and the roof of your mouth. Aestheticians ease the mind with quiet treatment rooms, and relax the body by punctuating facials with hand, foot, and shoulder massages. Together, these efforts uplift the spirit and foster overall wellness.
Acne treatments and deep-skin-cleaning services dot the menu alongside permanent-makeup applications that enhance natural features. Lending equal credence to the areas beneath the neck, the specialists perform body wraps and offer steam and sauna therapy.
Nails Forever owner DJ West bounded into beauty school at the tender age of 16, and by age 18, she had her license, a job, and a dream that would lead her to San Francisco. There, her skills were sharpened in salons studding Union Square and Polk Street. Her desire to open her own salon brought her back to Contra Costa County, where she's been keeping fingertips looking tip-top since 1981. Her passion for painting and fine art is reflected in her hand-based handiwork, which often includes one-of-a-kind looks ranging from leopard-print nails to bejeweled holiday designs, and she's won no fewer than five trophies at nail-design competitions. She also specializes in Shellac application and excels in acrylic extensions, which typically hold up better than the old-fashioned wooden kind.
Flanked by bright-red walls, stylist Jillian Marker trims and transforms hair, adds depth with color, or infuses dry locks with hydration. Alongside Jillian, the savvy styling staff at Vanity Chair Beauty Salon inspires outer beauty with a gamut of salon and facial services. Aesthetician Alexie Rae Francisco-Siu tends to skin surfaces with facials that brighten tones and correct imperfections. Amid the soothing sage colors of the spa room, a waxing wrangler can lift away unwanted hair, shape brows, or remove improperly placed googly eyes.
The clinical aestheticians at trioSkincare have always performed facials and peels that take a scientific approach to controlling blemishes and aging. But in 2008, the center added a new dimension, taking on plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Hicks, M.D. With the doctor on board, the clinic has expanded to cover such medical services as Botox injections and photofacials with the Sciton laser system. The center uses only paraben-free products, and their ultramodern machinery works on all skin types with the exception of shedding snakeskin.
At Trendy Nails, pink curtains cascade between plush pedicure thrones, lending clients a bit of personal space as nail technicians fuss about their feet with masks and files. Warm footbaths kick off the treatments. Technicians attend to fingers and toes with laser-like focus as they shape the nails, treat the cuticles, massage knots from hands and feet, and dress digits with striking polish.
Shawn understands that no two faces are alike. That's why the aesthetician focuses on each individual who walks through her door, customizing every treatment and seeing clients by appointment only. She then sets to work brightening, tightening, or de-milk-mustaching their skin, drawing on more than a dozen years of experience and training from San Francisco's Dermalogica school to do so. Shawn turns back the complexion's clock with treatments employing products from brands such as Obagi and Jessner, and enlists the aid of a local cosmetic surgeon when performing intensively exfoliating VI peels. And once she has perfected pores, Shawn can artfully adorn them with makeup of both the classic and permanent varieties.