Wall sconces throw honey-colored light on the white walls and polished wood floors of Salon 4, where Marcia Ney restores mugs with a dynamic array of restorative facials. Her treatments are diverse, ranging from vitamin-infused masks to enzyme peels, which raid a rabbit's grocery cart for extracts of yam and pumpkin. Clients may request a waxing session to nix unwanted hair from the face and body, or solicit Marcia's expert eye-shadow tips during a personalized makeup tutorial.
Ongoing education keeps Studio 4 staff up-to-date on hair and makeup trends, as well as safe products and techniques. Stylists spritz hair with gentle sulfate- and paraben-free products from brands such as Kevin Murphy and Unite, and aestheticians custom-blend skincare concoctions to pamper acne-prone or menopausal skin. In addition, feather extensions supply locks with avian flair, and Brazilian-blowout keratin treatments smooth frizzy strands by up to 90%, with results visible on Studio 4’s before-and-after page or in bowls of suspiciously flattened rigatoni noodles.
Select from shelves of Dr. John Conte's Simple Radiance sunscreen, moisturizer, or antioxidant serum, which keep skin glowing with health and free of loathsome oxygen. 4-Shade or Z-Shade sunscreens block the sun's painful rays with a vitamin-packed oil-free formula that also restores vitamin E to faces.
For owner Jessica P., becoming an aesthetician isn’t just something you do in a classroom. She didn’t just gain knowledge from hands-on experience and training at Marinello School of Beauty; she also got it from working with beauty apprentices, a master esthetician, and a local dermatologist. At Elle Skin Care and Permanent Cosmetics she provides a wide range of skin services, such as microdermabrasion facial that offer deep-pore cleansing and acupressure facial-massages. Certified in permanent makeup, she also lines eyes and helps lips look fuller with makeup that stays put while crying, sweating, or smashing pomegranates with a hammer.
What happens when a nightclub owner and yoga instructor partner up in a business venture? They create yoga workshops that incorporate heart-pumping bass and dubstep beats spun by the likes of FreQNasty and Rara Avis, in addition to traditional hatha and vinyasa lessons. Tim Dale and Tara Dale helm Yoga Tree, a studio that offers a wide variety of classes and yoga styles so that practitioners can find the style that best fits their practice, and instructors can lead classes in the specialty that speaks to them. And since opening their first studio in 1999, the duo has expanded their business to include six more locations throughout the Bay area to meet the demand for the Yoga Tree experience.
Teacher training courses are also available for those interested in leading their own classes. Students can opt for a 200- or 500-hour program, or elective classes that focus on Tantric yoga, handstands, and holistic Yoga Nidra. Yoga Tree also sells yoga-related products in their store, such as yoga attire, mats, books, and DVDs.
Antique Balinese fountains, crimson wall hangings, and verdant plants enliven the luxurious confines of Pacific Tan, a go-to bronzing destination for 27 years. Boasting attentive customer service and the vibe of an exotic getaway, the tanning emporium ushers clients into its elegant space for traditional UV tans in state-of-the-art beds, including the Garden of Eden, which customizes a tan for each individual using an optical sensor, and the Shangri-La, a high-pressure bed that delivers a dark tan in minutes. Alternatively, natural-looking, flawless airbrush tans are administered by skilled and certified technicians using a safe, all-natural paraben-free solution.