Eliana and Viviane Jardim grew up on the beaches of Brazil, and when they moved to the United States, they brought a little bit of the Brazilian sun with them. The business they opened, Samba Glow, specializes in personalized airbrush spray tans. Armed with a spray applicator, technicians apply either a clear solution that develops over the course of 8–10 hours or a bronzer that’s visible right away. The DHA-based formula for each is free of harsh chemicals, preservatives, white tempera paint, and artificial fragrances, leaving room for certified-organic aloe-vera extracts, vitamin A, vitamin E, and various antioxidants that help leave skin firm and smooth. At their new Menlo Park location, the Jardim sisters decided to branch out into other beautification services—such as waxing and a full lash and brow bar—as well as retail, selling bathing suits and resort-wear designed to show off the tanning techs’ handiwork.
Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.
The skin specialists at Soluna Skin Care don?t subscribe to the trend of treating skin with burning lasers and harsh chemicals. Instead, they rely on hands-on facial treatments developed through natural, tried-and-true ingredients, such as baking soda, vitamin C, and herbs. Through each clinical facial, herbal peel, and deep pore cleansing facial, aestheticians slather on naturally derived products such as Epicurean Discovery and Cosmedix, which eschew all irritants and acids for natural enzymes.
A day at the spa is designed to be relaxing, and yet the hassle of getting to the salon can be just the opposite. That?s why Judy Chen, the owner and aesthetician of Luminous Spa Studio, designed her services to be undertaken anywhere?whether at her welcoming salon or, thanks to her mobile service menu, at the place of her client?s choosing. Wherever clients decide, she flaunts her skincare skills with facials that use the power of enzymes and anti-aging ingredients to keep faces looking as fresh as the day their parents first removed their protective wrapping. She uses products from brands such as Jan Marini, Dermalogica, Clarisonic, and Perricone MD, and goes beyond the scope of the face to improve the health of the skin on the back and d?colletage. Outside of skincare, she works to enhance her clients? beauty with brow and lash treatments, using Xtreme Lashes to add drama to eyes or warm wax to sculpt brows or depilate faces.
Scarlett De Citores's resumé tells the tale of her certification from Lancôme's École de Soins Esthétique of Paris and two decades working as an aesthetician in the United States and Europe. During the 15-minute light-therapy session, the international skin savant wields a mechanism that emits red, blue, and infrared lights, each of which targets specific tokens of aging from deep within the skin. This effulgence stimulates a cellular-renewal response that shoos away dead and impaired cells while coaxing new ones to the forefront. The quick process can reveal a juvenescent exterior that would make a porcelain doll shatter with envy.
Salon Vie offers a bevy of hair services, including haircuts for men ($40+), women ($50+), and children ($35+). During a haircut, a skilled stylist will sense your innermost hair yearnings and direct his or her careful scissors in tune with your thoughts and dreams, letting creative forces flow wildly onto your scalp for a haircut that revolutionizes the way you look in the mirror—inside and out. Afterward, in the streets, you might find that your magnificent mane busts the binds of its bowler hat and leaps into sunshine, dappling the dark alleyways of careless coiffeurs. Clients can also receive color services such as a touch-up ($75+) or full highlight ($120+), among a variety of other services, including extensions and thermal re-conditioning (by consultation).