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.
Edellyn's passion for hair and makeup has lead the stylist to gain experience working in fashion shows, events, and photo shoots. Inside Masquerade Beauty,
Edellyn cuts and colors hair and keeps strands healthy with deep conditioning. Edellyn also reduces frizz and creates sleek and straight looks with smoothing treatments.
Chemical-free ayurvedic products and natural methods form the foundation for Naz Threading and Beauty Salon's many pampering services, which range from traditional Indian threading to skin-brightening facials infused with pearl, gold, or energy-enriching oxygen cream. Men and women can both stop in for haircuts and hot-oil head massages, and spa packages cater to bridal parties with provisions for limo service, a DJ, and a professional photographer to help to commemorate the occasion. The salon also serves as a classroom space where the expert staff doles out tips on henna application and teaches proper makeup techniques to beginners and recovering ex-clowns.
Mishal may operate inside of Eyebrows R Us Salon—where she creates elegant arches with threading techniques—but there’s more to her expertise than just brows. She also paints skin with henna to create elaborate body art and affixes hair with vibrant new hues to lend a unique look to each client.
Don’t stroll into Y&L Style Bar expecting a haircut or color treatment. Though comprised of expert stylists, the salon's team sticks to washes followed by blowouts and elegant up-dos. This means, that once every strand has been swept into place, customers will have enough time to enjoy manicures and pedicures, administered by nail techs or to sit as one of the bar's aestheticians beautifies their skin with mineral-based cosmetics by Jane Iredale.
But the fun here isn't reserved for adults only: birthday party packages invite girls as young as four to enjoy age-appropriate makeup, manicures, and other pint-size pampering, while Y&L's entire crew shares their skills with teen girls at annual summer camps.
LnL Skin Spa owner and licensed aesthetician Lisa Li beautifies skin from head to toe with services such as makeup applications, waxing sessions, and photon LED skin-rejuvenation treatments. Using products from Sothys, she cleanses and exfoliates skin during facials, which can be paired with soothing hand treatments.