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.
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.
Melissa Peterson - a new member to the team at The Face Place - believes in giving back to her community. After learning the beauty trade in Sonoma County, she stuck around, treating local clients at The Face Place to restorative face and skin services. When she’s not showing off her encyclopedic knowledge of Dermalogica products in the skincare salon, combating premature aging with touch therapy, or ushering in relaxation with aromatherapy, she also helps clients nurture healthy skin at home. Melissa crafts custom at-home regimens, using her Dermalogica know-how to address each set of skin’s hopes, fears, and health issues.
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.
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.
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.