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.
At Cooper Alley each highly trained and specialized stylist and colorist undergoes a two-year in-house training program. But the training doesn't stop there, as the staff continues their learning with world renowned educators and creative directors. Inspired by Vidal Sassoon's technical expertise; staff take hair texture, face shape and ease of styling into consideration when clients take a seat in the hip, sophisticated salon.
The staff is committed to delivering consistency to every client, with the luxury beginning even before the stylist picks up the scissors. Each experience begins with a thorough consultation, relaxing shampoo with neck and head massage, customized deep conditioning treatment, and a complimentary cappuccino or latte.
When they first cut the ribbon on Milvali Salon & Cosmetics' namesake location in Mill Valley, beauty experts and best friends Jessika Adams de Vazquez and Deb Monti couldn't have guessed where their partnership would lead. In the nearly 10 years since, the dynamic duo has opened a second location in San Francisco and guided the salons through three expansions. The pair also filled both locations? shelves with their own signature line of mineral- and botanical-based skincare products, which their experienced team of aestheticians incorporates into a variety of custom facials.
But skincare isn't the only thing that Milvali is renowned for. The salon was voted the best place to go for hair extensions on the 2012 Bay Area A-List and was a finalist in the Best Bikini Wax category. To earn this regard, the beauty gurus specialize in Brazilian bikini waxes, using imported wax from Italy that is delicate enough to use on sensitive skin or between the Mona Lisa?s eyebrows.
Equipped with 25 years of international experience, Jon Paul rejuvenates visages with anti-aging glycolic peels or hydrating natural-enzyme facials. Epidermal layers bask under the intensive glycolic treatment, a chemical peel that saturates skin to help whisk away wrinkles loitering around eyes, mouths, and cheekbone arcades. By shucking off superficial dead cells, the resurfacing peel can smooth irregularities in skinscapes, minimizing age spots, blotchiness, or freckles configured as unpopular constellations. Taking a gentler route, the natural-enzyme facial buffs cheeks with exfoliating fruit enzymes before opening clogged pores with antioxidants and hydrating agents for an irritation-free deep cleansing.
A peek through Elements Salon's floor-to-ceiling window reveals an airy salon in which light-colored walls accent a smooth hardwood ceiling. This casual atmosphere carries over into the styling chairs, where natural sunlight spotlights shears as they craft styles as up-to-date as a clairvoyant's roulette bet. From traditional haircuts to skin treatments for the face and body, the team members help ensure glamorous results with products from Tru and the high-end, Italian-born Davines haircare line.
Carmen Ching's talents are as sharp as the razors she uses to cut clients' hair, though not nearly as dangerous. She draws on the warm atmosphere of The Top Gallery Salon, which displays work from local artists, to create looks that range from stylish and sophisticated to bold and progressive. In addition to crafting precise cuts, Carmen uses Keratin Complex products to smooth strands and Framesi, Jalyd, Schwarzkopf, and Redken color to lend vivid hues to manes.