Licensed aesthetician Elizabeth Walter culls from more than 15 years of experience to set skin aglow, specializing in treating acne and signs of aging with custom facials. Serums from Jan Marini, Pevonia Botanica, and SkinCeuticals infuse the skin during signature treatments, such as the three-step Intraceuticals oxygen facial that aims to lift, brighten, and de-crumple the face. Elizabeth and crew also combat hair that strangely won’t stop growing with a variety of facial, body, and Brazilian-waxing services.
As one of the few people lucky enough always to know what she wanted to do, Daniela Cavalieri marched out of her high-school graduation and straight into cosmetology school. That was in 1986, and she’s been diligently keeping up to date on the latest trends and techniques ever since, attending classes in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Today, Daniela shapes up the hairstyles of men, women, and children with her precision haircuts and thorough consultations. In rendering her tinting and highlighting services, she mixes up natural-looking hair colors to ensure that manes complement both guests’ complexions and the flowers a pranky florist might tape to their backs. To add a little visual splendor to clients' existing styles, Daniela also offers keratin smoothing treatments and extensions.
The work of the skillful stylists at Hair International has garnered top praises from the readers of Palo Alto Weekly five years running, earning the salon a spot in the publication's 2012 Hall of Fame. Their scissors and dyes treat locks of every texture and their blow dryers create special looks for weddings and other dressy events. Nail techs pamper paws with spa mani-pedis and depilatory experts shape brows with waxing, threading, and hair-sized mousetraps.
The staff of stylists at Aziza's Salon and Spa cuts and colors the hair of their male and female clients using products from Pureology. Stylists add body and curl to manes with texturizing perms or smooth frizz more efficiently with keratin straightening treatments. In treatment rooms, aestheticians purge pores of dirt and oil with express and full facials and whisk away unwanted hair with waxing services, which yield longer-lasting results than shaving, and carry less risk than felling each hair individually with a miniature battle-ax.
A large flat-screen TV resides at one end of Donna Salon, entertaining clients as they sit before mirrored stations or underneath hair dryers. Floral bouquets add a touch of tranquility as technicians revamp manes with cuts and color. Elsewhere, they perform invigorating facials and customize digits with nail art in the form of hearts, stars, or grocery lists.
Experienced stylists at MAHRZ the Salon offer a variety of hair and waxing services for ultimate beautification. Using high-quality products, including MAHRZ's own refillable hair-product line, lady locks are cut and blown dry ($65–$70), converting shags to bobs and vice versa. Gracious gents can get stylish trims ($55–$70) while their mop-topped offspring are spruced up ($45 for children under 13) for medical middle-school photos. Known for their dazzling highlights ($150+ for full head) and specialty colors ($60+), MAHRZ's pigment professionals overhaul hair to match the changing seasons and Cosby sweaters. Trained aestheticians are also on hand to wax eyebrows ($18) and upper lips ($10), ridding faces of sweeping hairs that interfere with morning paper reading.