The technicians at Thread & Sugar embrace a natural approach to beauty, whether they are practicing ancient Eastern hair-removal methods or hand-mixing organic facial ingredients right before the client's eyes. An organic salon located in the Central Valley, they use nail polishes free of DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene, and organic, herbal hair color products that are non-toxic. Even the cleaning products they use are eco-friendly and the space is equipped with an onsite purifier that keeps dust, allergens, and debris from invading the air.
With Salon Del Monaco as her backdrop, Kristi Georges takes hold of scissors. The blades thrum together as she styles hairdos, drawing on more than a decade of experience in the industry. Beneath shelves laden with Redken and Enjoy haircare products, her customers recline on the cushy chairs of the salon, where the friendly stylist and an absence of haggard mariners with long stories of woe create a welcoming atmosphere.
Reflections Salon's licensed aestheticians dedicate undivided attention toward each of their guests' specific needs and pamper skin owners in a comfortable, clean atmosphere, Waxing services include quick-fixing tuft-terraforming sessions for the eyebrow (from $15) and upper lip (from $10) and each last less than 15 minutes. Meanwhile, treatments below the bellybutton like the bikini wax ($35+) extricate undesired hairs over a thorough 30- to 45-minute procedure, while their careful Brazilian waxes ($50+) quell rebellious thread uprisings in roughly 45 minutes.
The Aqua team hunger force starts by treating clients' digit-dialing digits to a peppermint-chocotini manicure ($15), wherein hands are soaked in a bath and then exfoliated with a chocolate-mint scrub before receiving a refreshing massage. After firmly securing your hands behind your back so that you're not tempted to eat your newly candified fingers, Aqua will treat your little piggies to a little wine with a Napa sparkling-lavender pedicure ($28), which soaks feet in a lavender effervescent fizz before treating them to a lavender aphrodisia salt-glow scrub. Toenails and cuticles will then be shaped and filed while a massage therapist trained in reflexology presses the healing heat of warm stones to your sneaker fillers and massages them with a soothing pressure.
The able aesthetic artists at Beautiology extend their expertise in a variety of cosmetic services, and create artistic nail designs. A mani-pedi kicks off with a warm footbath before a skilled staffer trims cuticles, sculpts nails, exfoliates heels, and treats lower limbs to a sugar scrub and foot-and-calf massage. Toes get the client's choice of traditional polish, french tips, or basic art, and a layer of long-lasting gel polish tops fingers, giving them a lustrous glimmer ideal for flagging down cabs at night. During a 30- to 40-minute full facial wax, beauticians strip mugs of unwanted fuzz, leaving skin as smooth as the floor of a zamboni parking garage.
Throughout the last decade, the trilingual beauty professionals at iNail Care & Spa have simultaneously broadened and honed their skills. In addition to manicuring nails the traditional way, technicians upgrade fingertips with gel polishes and intricate designs—they can paint nails with miniature Frankenstein faces on Halloween or decoupage fingertips with W-4 forms to celebrate tax season.
The spa’s aestheticians add expertise in skincare, whether that means softening signs of aging with facials or grooming brows with precision waxes. They also alleviate the physical signs of stress with leg massages, hot-stone treatments, and warm footbaths.