When she became a licensed aesthetician more than eight years ago, Monica Lucero already had a steady client: herself. Having suffered from acne as a teenager, she'd started learning about skincare in an effort to clear her own skin. Monica started to channel her own experience into a caring attitude toward her clients through Changes Salon in Walnut Creek and Le Jardin in Pleasant Hill, and today, at Cosi Bella Day Spa. In all of her services—which range from chemical peels to facial waxing—she strives to cultivate an atmosphere that, like a solid-gold beanbag chair, will leave people feeling both pampered and relaxed.
Metal lights hang from the high red ceiling like martini glasses, casting glow on saffron-colored walls. Dividing the space are black-trimmed mirrors and private hair stations, where skilled stylists sculpt strands into face-flattering ’dos and decorate with bold highlights. Clients may also solicit Studio 929 for a rejuvenating moroccan oil treatment or a specialty straightening session to detangle curls.
If it weren't for the bright sign out front, it would be easy to mistake The Courtyard Salon for a woodland cottage or a scene from a commercial where everyone has a happier camping trip thanks to insect repellent. The cozy salon is tucked away in a lush garden, with leafy trees, fragrant flowers, and rustic patio furniture. And the charm doesn't stop at the door. Sunlight trickles in through soft curtains and casts a warm glow on dark hardwood floors, golden walls, and comfy red armchairs. Instead of the princesses and singing bunnies you might expect from such a fairy-tale scene, the salon buzzes with a staff of skilled stylists, nail technicians, and spa specialists. They perform a sweeping array of beauty services, including haircuts, meticulous mani-pedis, and tension-blasting massages, all with the help of advanced skin and hair-care products from top purveyors like Pureology, Kendra, and Onesta.
Elisabeth's Hair Design is located on first street in the historical downtown Benicia. She has been in the hair industry for over 30 years. If its a new hair cut, highlights, low lights, color, perms, facials, waxing, make up or that wedding day hair, Elisabeth and her team of stylists are able to give you everything & more
It's rare to see someone wearing gloves in San Francisco, especially outside of the holiday season. But at All About You Day Spa, bundled-up hands are a desirable luxury. During a paraffin treatment, clients dip their hands into warm wax, wrap them in plastic, and fit them into heated gloves, moisturizing and softening the skin. Alongside aromatherapy, it's a common complement to the spa's nail services, and can be performed on feet as well.
The spa's staff has specialized in such relaxing touches for more than 12 years. That's about as narrow as their specialties get, however—their menu encompasses treatments for the entire body, from complexions to heels. Their list of facials includes Jessner peels and skin-brightening serums, and every one comes with a skin analysis, steam, exfoliation peel, and customized mask. As for hair, stylists create flattering cuts and up-dos, often with help from color formulas. Massage therapists soothe muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue kneads, or target pressure points on the feet with reflexology techniques, a safer method than having you walk across spilled marbles. Waxing, makeup, and spray-tanning services are also available.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and style ($31–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving condition for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($60–$70), highlights ($80–$90), or a perm ($75–$85). Prices vary by location.