A Best of the Bay 2010 Viewer?s Choice winner, Herbal Mineral?s four California locations couple a devotion to recapturing youth with a commitment to cruelty-free and environmentally friendly products and practices. An arsenal of vegan, earth-friendly beauty products speaks to their commitment to bettering the planet, and visitors sip fair-trade-certified tea that helps to fund landslide restoration and reforestation. The staff?s diverse palette of skills runs the gamut from waxing and organic facials to candling and herbal body contouring, the latter of which can help shape silhouettes into comely hourglasses or vertical representations of the New York skyline.
At San Jose Laser Center, Dr. Gregory H. Phan MD leads a team of professionals dedicated to maintaining their clients' eye health and razor-sharp vision. They treat eyes with LASIK and cataract surgery, and outfit them with contact lenses, a wide selection of frames, and monocles for third eyes with astigmatism. The staff can accommodate a diverse client base, as they speak a cumulative total of seven languages, including Cantonese, Spanish, and Panjabi.
Jan Marini, Skin Script, and Goldwell products aid the beauty professionals at Geesoo Studio in their fight against problematic skin and unruly hair. Aestheticians cleanse dirt-clogged pores and smooth out wrinkles with glycolic acid peels and microdermabrasion treatments. To complement fresh, glowing faces, stylists run scissors through manes and add depth with highlights or a fading ombre effect.
Aestheticians at PearlFace Salon zero in on outer beauty with upscale facials, waxing, and threading services. Facials play to a host of epidermal issues with top professional skincare products, such as the French brand Sothys or Dermalogica, a line that avoids common irritants such as mineral oil or Gilbert Gottfried impersonations. Highly personalized, facials target specific skin conditions, with different procedures for teen and adult acne. Anti-aging varieties hone in on specific issues such as brightness or eye puffiness, and luxury options incorporate pearls, diamonds, or herbs such as rose, basil, and lavender. Private treatment rooms afford clients serene spaces for treatments, including private waxing sessions.
The hair extension and hair loss specialists at Hair Enigma are wholly dedicated to helping clients find a solution to their hair woes. They specialize in non-damaging extensions, which can be applied without glue or heat, and seamlessly blend into the natural hair. . Other, less-dramatic services include clip-in hair feathers and jewels, as well as clip-in highlights that add a splash of non-permanent color.
Using soft wax for a Brazilian takes extreme skill?so because the staff are devoted to using it at The Pretty Kitty, clients can feel assured that they're working with exceptionally talented professionals or very human robots. Despite the added challenge, aestheticians often complete Brazilians in 15 minutes or less with minimal pain, and take the time to educate clients on how to care for their freshly waxed skin at home.
Though their specialty Brazilians landed the Pretty Kitty on 944 magazine's list of Editors Picks, aestheticians can wax much more than that. There are services for both men and women, including brow shaping and waxing of underarms, chests, legs, and hands.