Clients leaving La Val Skin Studio often look different somehow?refreshed and more relaxed. The masterminds behind the newly rejuvenated skin and brightened eyes are the expert skin specialists inside the studio. These seasoned professionals perform a sweeping array of replenishing beauty treatments, from intensive microdermabrasion diamond peels to glamorous eyelash extensions. They strip away unwanted hair with waxing services, and sooth tired backs with purifying treatments and mineral sea salt polishes. The versatile techs even offer specialty services for gents, including a facial tailored to accommodate the unique skincare needs of older boys, men, and silverback gorillas.
Inside this professional spa, a board-certified physician helps clients wrest youth from the subtle erosions of time with cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedures. The kindly doctor chats with each client to allay any concerns and walk them through their chosen treatment. Then, single-handedly, she administers Botox and collagen injections and customizes chemical peels to shrink pores, diminish acne scaring, and even out complexions. Obagi and organic skincare products line the shelves, a refreshing change from the bowling-league plaques crowding most doctors? offices.
As a seasoned cosmetologist, Karuna Khanna polishes appearances that are striving for dazzling beauty. Facials cleanse pores and revitalize cells with nourishing creams, while henna can temporarily shift hair color to eye-catching new shades. Unwanted fuzz falls to threading and waxing services, leaving skin smooth or sculpting eyebrows into forms as streamlined as alien spacecraft.
Piercing eyes gaze at each client as they walk into Ruby's Beauty Studio. The stares do not belong to the friendly staff at the intimate studio but rather to pictures of women on its walls, each one’s hair and makeup elegantly done. This is just one way owner and beautician Ruby Walia showcases the studio’s extensive menu of aesthetic treatments, which range from threading and waxing to makeup applications. Ruby and her staff apply intricate henna designs to bodies and brighten and exfoliate faces with ginseng powder, 24-karat gold, and oxygen cream during 10 types of customized facials.
For the better part of the decade, Ruby has built her namesake studio from the ground up. Once a lawyer, Ruby decided to make a career change when she felt the need for a more creative outlet. She went to beauty school before beginning her aesthetic journey in 2000, which has led her to provide aesthetic and makeup services for the 2003 Miss India Northern California beauty pageant and famous Bollywood actresses such as Amrita Rao and Neha Dhupia.
The stylists behind Creative Concepts Salon nabbed the title of Best Beauty Salon in 2012, thanks to the readers of the Milpitas Post. Now they strive to uphold their good name whenever they style tresses with haircuts, perms, smoothing treatments, and tints. While they work, they cleanse, condition, and sculpt manes with products by Redken, Pureology, and Big Sexy Hair. Their aesthetic specialists also contribute to the award-winning reputation by tending epidermises with microdermabrasion and makeup, and pruning unwanted fringe with waxing and threading. Nail technicians round out the lauded staff by cosseting hands and feet; they trim nails or top them with acrylic sets or metallic claws.
Over the past 15 years, certified cosmetologist Seema Kapoor has been particularly interested in techniques and products from India, such as Shahnaz Husain skincare. Though this is a specialty, the expertise of her staff is diverse. Below elegant chandeliers, stylists can craft a flattering haircut, highlight tresses, or nix unwanted hair with a specialty waxing or threading session. When not at the salon, Seema and friends host a live radio show where clients can call in and ask beauty questions such as "How long does a perm last?” and "How does my uncle keep pulling quarters from behind my ear?".