Three thriving locations and a slew of press from outlets such as Teen Vogue and Fox News make a strong case for the success of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons. But the true testament to the salon and spa's success lies, quite literally, in the hands of owner and skincare specialist Bella Schneider. Bella is the winner of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Crystal Award and has spent almost four decades helping clients including Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Pfeiffer, obtain healthy, glowing complexions.
Her humble European background led her to the salon where she would receive an apprenticeship at the young age of 14. This moment became the catalyst to her skincare career, which included earning an Economics degree in the States before opening the first LaBelle Day Spa and Salon in 1976. And even though she added two more locations by the late 1980's, the mission for each beauty haven has remained the same: to provide European-quality treatments that are science-based.
Bella and her team—which includes her daughter and grandson—use her personally-formulated line of products to ensure effective results during each service, which range from vitamin-infused facials to mani-pedis enhanced by essential oils and advanced body-contouring Endermologie treatments. LaBella's team also guarantees an exceptional experience by offering spa guests a relaxing foot soak. In the salons, master stylists and colorists customized hair services by using advanced balayage and precision cutting techniques, while Pilates instructors teach private lessons so clients can perfect their posture, alignment, and grace.
Having planned and executed massage therapy for the Tennessee Titans and competitors in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, the muscle menders at Athletic Edge know how to help the body recover from physical trauma and athletic exertion. Their highly individualized treatments pull from more than 15 modalities—soothing muscles with gliding Swedish strokes, targeting the deeper connective tissue with neuromuscular therapy, and even combining salutary techniques to treat the underlying causes of aches. Although the gentle or directed kneading can have a distinctively relaxing effect, the therapists specialize in jump-starting clients' natural healing processes and helping them overcome the soft-tissue pains that athletic activity, auto accidents, and full-contact charades can cause. The studios also partner with chiropractors and physical therapists to form a one-stop treatment center for athletes, with particular modalities complementing the strains incurred by particular sports.
Eliana and Viviane Jardim grew up on the beaches of Brazil, and when they moved to the United States, they brought a little bit of the Brazilian sun with them. The business they opened, Samba Glow, specializes in personalized airbrush spray tans. Armed with a spray applicator, technicians apply either a clear solution that develops over the course of 8–10 hours or a bronzer that’s visible right away. The DHA-based formula for each is free of harsh chemicals, preservatives, white tempera paint, and artificial fragrances, leaving room for certified-organic aloe-vera extracts, vitamin A, vitamin E, and various antioxidants that help leave skin firm and smooth. At their new Menlo Park location, the Jardim sisters decided to branch out into other beautification services—such as waxing and a full lash and brow bar—as well as retail, selling bathing suits and resort-wear designed to show off the tanning techs’ handiwork.
At Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care, co-founding doctors William H. Brown and Zuzana Likar team up to tackle cosmetic woes and spin back the hands of time. Dr. Brown, who teaches other physicians his laser techniques, and Likar, a nurse practitioner who has treated more than 25,000 patients on two continents, draw on their extensive experience to create subtle changes that result in more natural, refreshed appearances.
After a free consultation with an experienced nurse to educate clients, specialists plump up faces with dermal fillers, freeze fat cells with CoolSculpting treatments, and collapse unwanted spider veins with sclerotherapy injections. They also wield a variety of lasers, using them to resurface faces, remove body hair, and stop underarm sweating, a procedure infinitely more effective than sewing handkerchiefs into the arm holes of every shirt.
Ingrid's hosts a bevy of beautifying beds suited for all skin-suit needs. For an aired-out experience, go horizontal on either the Open Sun 550 Medium Pressure or 1050 High Pressure bed, which both provide spacious and open designs. Or, for an audio-visual vacation, lie back on the Excellence 880, a climate-controlled bed featuring 3D-Sound technology, Color Moods light therapy, and Halley's Comet sightings.
Owner Teri Lynne Crandall combines her decades of industry experience with the skills of aestheticians Dayna Raeside and Kaitlin McCoy and certified massage therapists Cody Lam, Indra Castillo, and Stephanie Pedro to help clients to pamper and beautify their bodies. With its Asian–inspired art, Serenity Day Spa provides a relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy services ranging from deep pore-cleansing facials to reflexology massages to permanent makeup applications. The spa's exclusive selection of products, including those from Jan Marini Skin Research, Pevonia Botanica, and Image Skincare, leaves faces immaculate enough to infiltrate even the highest-security porcelain-doll factories.