Apothecaries predate modern chemistry and pharmacology by hundreds of years, tracing their tradition of fashioning medicinal compounds from natural ingredients to Baghdad in the 8th century and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. These skilled practitioners developed proven techniques to heal weary patients with organic balms and soothe hoards of barbarian Gauls with aromatic oils. Located near Lake Ray Hubbard, Affinity Salon & Spa mines these ancient techniques in its own apothecary, custom-making products and reinforcing their mission to guarantee each client "quality services with a personal touch." Winners of a 2010 Talk of the Town award, the staffers dote on every guest with spa and salon services that integrate oils, herbs, and teas to foster a relaxing, organic experience.
After achieving top industry honors and styling hair and makeup for the cover of Rolling Stone, an A-list stylist lured other industry greats to open Blowout Bar Salon. As guests sip flutes or piccolos of champagne, stylists coif manes at low-profile stations illuminated by natural light. The cheerful red brick building houses private treatment rooms for facial services, a hair-washing station overseen by crystal light fixtures, and shelves packed with bright bottles of product. Stylists grab Bumble and bumble shampoos, conditioners, and styling salves to pamper strands during volume-enhancing blowouts and on-trend clips. Two aestheticians round out the team of beautifiers, offering waxing services and facials with deluxe Darphin products from France.
French countryside décor sheathes the nearly 3,000-square-foot beauty haven where nine spa rooms await clients in need of a facial, a chemical peel, or a medical microdermabrasion session. Out on the salon floor, a chorus of blow driers and shears hums "Flight of the Bumblebee" as friendly stylists color, cut, and straighten hair with Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology products. Clients can also mist their skin with Bronze Biologic's UV-free airbrush-tanning solution, doll up peepers with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions, or extract unwanted strands with body-waxing services, which include Brazilian waxing for both women and men.
Dr. Ronald T. Weiland doesn’t “believe in fad diets,” as he notes on his website. Rather, he trusts in simple mathematics: fewer ingested calories plus more burned calories equals weight loss. At Ameri-Cal Weight Clinic, he and his staff put this equation into practice during comprehensive weight-loss programs that rely on healthful foods, aerobic exercise, and prescribed appetite suppressants. This mix of support, services, and tools is readily available at eight clinic locations throughout the Bay Area and one that only appears on leap years.
A cosmetic complex with décor ranging from the chic black tile of its salon to the day spa's bamboo-and-incense ambience, Aventine fills its space with a consummate roster of beautification treatments administered by a highly specialized staff. The classic massage (a $90 value) tailors its 60 minutes of total relaxation to your muscular map's spinal mountain range, flowing energy rivers, and buried treasure chests of stress. A signature 45-minute DermaSweep facial (a $127.50 value) mechanically extracts and exfoliates the face with a gentle vacuum, lifting away dead and deadbeat skin while combating the oxidative aging effects caused by years of reenacting Three Stooges shorts. The treatment begins with a consultation and keeps the skin relaxed throughout with a cleansing massage and therapeutic mask. A three-month membership ($297 value) to Aventine Spa treats members to a range of discounts on salon, massage, and aesthetic services.
While the name may seem a hollow and curiously numerical boast, Beautiful From Head 2 Toe backs it up with a staggering array of salon and spa services. Starting at the noggin, stylists shorten hair that has grown unruly, help curly-haired clients better manage their locks, and imbue tresses with nearly every hue from the crayon box except for “Invisible Sunset.” For clients with corporeal beauty in mind, the beauty emporium serves up a host of different skin services including microdermabrasion treatments and exfoliating back scrubs. Hands and feet get their fair share of pampering during manicures, pedicures, and specialty services such as the rock star toes treatment that keeps nails shimmering for up to six weeks.