Any salon can make you look good for one day, but the best salons strive to help hair, skin, and nails become healthier so that they'll look great for weeks to come. At Idea Spa Salon, stylists use Aveda botanical conditioning treatments to soften strands and repair damage, and nail artists use paraffin dips to replenish hands' moisture. During Aveda facials, aestheticians incorporate everything from herbal masks and high-frequency light treatments to balance and brighten skin, creating a smooth, even canvas in time for an appointment with the salon's makeup artists or a blind date with a face-painting clown.
Fashionable makeovers and indulgent pampering collide inside of Royal Beauty Salon. Here, stylists craft sleek haircuts and reinvent hairstyles whose patents expired in the '80s. The staff uses wax to remove body hair from problem areas and leave the skin soft to the touch. And with a dazzling array of colored polishes at their disposal, nail technicians can narrow in on fingers and toes, shaping and dressing the nails and rewarding the hands and feet that support them with aromatherapy scrubs and warm-lotion massages.
At Enliven Nail & Spa, nailcare doesn't merely beautify hands and feet. The spa's mani-pedis also restore the health of nails and rejuvenate feet, and hand treatments can remove calluses, moisturize skin, and minimize the appearance of dark spots. But the spa offers more than just nailcare: the staff also beautifies clients with anti-aging facials and microdermabrasion, and pampers with a variety of massage therapy techniques.
Inside Euro Nail Spa, touches of antiquity?Doric columns, a tiered fountain, and hanging European scenes?blend with the modern mainstays of television and WiFi. The pedicure chairs are sleek and contemporary, yet guests submerge their feet in a separate bowl of water and flowers in a way that evokes an ancient royal pampering. Steam and hot towels coax pores into relaxation during skincare services, many of which pair a traditional cleansing facial with an aromatic mask?such as strawberry, mint, or green tea?and a shoulder massage. Additional massages sap tension from the feet and scalp with focused kneads. At the hairstyling stations, modernity reemerges in the form of abstract art and simple black furniture. The staff trims, colors, and texturizes strands as clients sip on one of the spa's complimentary beverages: coffee, tea, or soda.
As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.