Unwanted hairs are swiftly removed from heads at Perfect Image Salon. The stylists expertly cut overgrown locks into new looks such as bobs, long layers, side-swept bangs, and pixies. Further transformation arrives in the form of a color change, volume-boosting perm, and keratin hair-smoothing treatment.
Technology isn't just about making better gadgets—it's meant to improve every aspect of our lives. The savvy skincare therapists at Facials for Effect take this heart, refreshing complexions with a bevy of advanced, thoughtful techniques. Ultrasound waves can reawaken collagen production to keep skin looking tight and youthful, and light therapies can zap away imperfections and stowaway cookie crumbs.
Peach walls and a light wooden floor flank shelves where products from Yon-Ka and Goldwell stand at the ready to beautify visitors at Plush Salon. Nestled inside the Airport Health Club, the salon cultivates a warm atmosphere with plush salmon couches, arboreal wall hangings, and the bright grins from the staff. Four salon chairs are arranged in a semicircle around a curved counter, where arched mirrors reflect falling feathers of hair and foil-wrapped locks. Aestheticians also refresh skin with different facials, from a five-step deep-cleaning facial to the 80-minute Optimizer facial, which harnesses hibiscus and lupine peptides to fight aging and the fear of flowers.
After tanning the San Francisco 49er Gold Rush cheerleaders, Miss California, and international bodybuilders, Kelly Richardson has expanded her sunless-bronzing enterprise beyond her original location in wine country. Today, Richardson runs two salons as well as her own tanning product line, B.Bronz, which has graced the glossy pages of beauty magazines and the glossy models of New York City?s fashion week. In the 15-minute Gold Rush tan, master airbrushers contour and highlight curves, erase tan lines, and reveal deposits of valuable ore buried just beneath the skin. Sonoma Tanning also oversees Da Vinci whitening treatments, which untarnish teeth with an organic formula clients apply in-store and activate with the salon?s bleaching light.
Creation Salon’s team of expert stylists, therapists, and aestheticians enhances hair, skin, nails, and muscles within a brightly hued cottage storefront. Owner Amber Hale and her fellow coiffeuses treat locks to alluring new ‘dos or blowouts, daub tresses with block coloring, and charm snakes before sculpting gorgon-inspired dreadlocks. Manicures and pedicures treat appendages to massages and herb soaks, and facials soothe stressed skin with gentle cleansers. A warm bath of wax relieves underarms, bikini areas, and eyebrows of unwanted fringe and primes skin for applications of glitter tattoos, whose waterproof designs pay homage to favorite shapes or phrases from the Constitution. Behind a mint-green façade and wrought-iron porch, a gleaming chandelier casts its warm light on the salon’s reception area.
A visit to Elements Skin Care & Massage Studio is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the senses. In each of the spa’s spacious chambers, the stark geometry of dark wood furniture complements the flowing lines of a sheer curtain, a linen-draped massage table, or a single potted orchid. These aesthetic pleasures only serve to enhance the sensory decadence that the staff of skin specialists, massage therapists, and nail technicians grant their clients. A slate of 10 facials —including a signature service that treats not only the face to a massage, but the feet, legs, back, and scalp as well—help stave off blemishes and fine lines with Bioelements products. In private massage rooms, therapists call on several modalities to ease tension with hot stones, firm pressure, or pregnancy-appropriate strokes, as reflexology foot treatments ease tension stemming from tight shoes or arguments between toes. Feet can also bask in the spa’s many pedicures, which go beyond standard nail-salon services to incorporate heated lava shells, warm neck wraps, and even complimentary martinis.