Owner, aesthetician, and skincare devotee Brandi Colton oversees Capricious' staff of beauty pros, whose areas of expertise run the gamut of skin pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, facials, and waxing. Bathed in light from a sparkling chandelier, customers rise from the lobby's zebra-print chairs as staffers lead them to private treatment rooms, where soft lighting and fresh flowers inject an air of tranquility into each facial, chemical peel, and massage. For the uninitiated, the free skin bar lets customers befriend their own skin therapist, who will perform a face analysis and dole out free samples of AcquaCures and Dermalogica products as heaps of steaming towels serve to open pores and perfectly cook clients made of broccoli.
Kitsch Couture, called "a fashionista's hidden gem," by NBC Bay Area, is a boutique committed to bringing the latest fashions to the women of Los Gatos. Like the lines on the face of the wizened elf looking up at you from your cereal bowl, the brands at Kitsch are ever-changing, but currently include Free People, BB Dakota, LA MADE, Kersh, Charlie Jade, Dolce Vita Lush, and more. For those feeling fall's chill, a collection of jackets ($45-$150) and sweaters ($30-$98) keep wearers warm. The shop also carries dresses ($40-$120) for more formal occasions and scarves ($15-$32) for when necks demand anonymity. The staff is knowledgeable of all of the brands and takes pride in helping customers find a perfect fit.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Once inside RiaVida, you might wonder whether you've wandered into a spa or a luxury cabin. Cream-colored walls reflect natural lighting streaming in from windows, and greenery brings a touch of nature to the picture. A glass of complimentary tea or lemon-infused water may find its way into your hand. There's nothing about this space that isn't relaxing, and that's exactly how the staff hopes its clients feel when going into treatment rooms. With 10 in-house aestheticians, the group not only is adept at facials and body scrubs, but also has a range of specialties for men and women, including waxing. All facial treatments start with a personalized approach based on skin type and use organic products made in the US. Beyond skincare, clients can opt for eyelash extensions, body sculpting, and body wraps.
At Just Perfect Threading & Salon, many customers are left wondering how they hadn’t tried out threading earlier. After all, unlike waxing treatments, threading doesn’t cause the delicate skin around the eye to wrinkle. The skin-friendliness of threading is only one of the benefits of this ancient Eastern technique practiced here, where trained aestheticians loop and pull out rows of hair to skillfully shape eyebrows and swiftly remove unwanted hair from the face and body. Much like the world’s most accomplished marlin fishermen, the only tools these aestheticians use are a cotton string and a trained eye. They also accent newly smooth skin with henna tattoos, adding a fun, temporary design to hands, feet, or your skin area of choice.
Amid the advanced stylists of Tangles Salon, aesthetician Nikki Garland keeps clients' complexions beautiful and bright with custom skincare treatments. After a consultation to determine each client’s skin type and favorite Richard Gere film, Garland designs an appropriate regimen of cleansing, steaming, moisturizing, masking, and massaging to alleviate troubles ranging from dry skin to acne.
Tucked inside the Vediya Wellness Center, My Beauty Corner puts nature’s gifts to use by beautifying clients with organic Sothys skincare products. Chemical-free lotions and vitamin oils nourish the skin during facials, bolstered by pumpkin peels and the gentle sweep of microdermabrasion’s fine-mineral crystals. During massage sessions, aromatherapy soothes the senses as therapists knead aching muscles and extremely tough pizza dough with a variety of styles. Technicians also use warm wax to target unwanted strands, pulling them from the root to leave skin smooth.