Beauty & Spas in Larkspur

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Antique Balinese fountains, crimson wall hangings, and verdant plants enliven the luxurious confines of Pacific Tan, a go-to bronzing destination for 29 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.

57 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera,
CA
US

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.

479 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur,
CA
US

Inside Bon Air Salon and Spa, beauty professionals transform clients with hair, nail, facial, and massage services. Microdermabrasion removes dead, flaky skin cells, making room for younger cells to glow. Massage services disentangle muscle knots with kneading and stroking using various degrees of pressure, including deep and peer. The salon also sells beauty products and hosts spa parties for friends and family members.

202 Bon Air Ctr
Greenbrae,
CA
US

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.

10 Skylark Drive, #9
Larkspur,
CA
US

The Ranch Salons are a laid-back haircutting operation, focusing on clipping hair in a comfortable, living room-like setting. Before appointments, clients can sip coffee or soda at both spots, and at the Greenbrae location shoot through a game of pool played out next to the glow of the salon's flat-screen TV. This deal's included shampoo works a lustrous lather over the scalp, and a conditioning treatment moisturizes locks of hair with natural tea oils. Those who opt for the gray-hair camouflage should expect to spend 90 minutes inside the salon, eliminating large gray spots and emerging with peppered hair for an informal morning of testing Lone Ranger impersonations in the bathroom mirror.

275 Bon Air Ctr
Greenbrae,
CA
US

Blowouts: Hot Air with a Purpose

Sure, you can blow-dry your hair at home, but it likely won?t be quite the same as a salon blowout. Find out why with Groupon?s look into the blowout?s sleek mystique.

There?s something like old-time alchemy going on every time someone gets a blowout. Take a couple of elemental ingredients?wind and heat?combine them with a professional?s trained hand and strong wrist, and you end up with something precious: movie-star hair. The actual process is simple: the stylist washes the hair, then blow-dries it in small sections to the client?s specifications, often using a round brush to create smooth volume. The result might be straight, wavy, or purposely tousled, and it can be such a look changer that some women refrain from washing their hair for days afterward to maintain the glamour. Many people find the service so valuable they return to the salon for it between haircuts, sometimes several times a week.

In some ways, this practice is a throwback to the beauty parlors of the past, where women would drop in weekly to have their hair styled and set. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to get her hair blown out three times a week in the 1960s and 1970s; today, reportedly, so do celebs such as Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow. To keep up with demand, blowout-only salons have popped up in the last few years, dedicating all their chairs to the service.

123 Corte Madera Ave
Corte Madera,
CA
US

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