At GroundedBodywork, licensed massage therapist Jess Coe facilitates a deep healing process that transcends the relaxing effects of general spa massage. By reestablishing structural imbalances and acute issues, he aims to bring clients relief from their pain and foster a sense of well-being that brings about both physical and emotional balance. Though Jess offers everything from Swedish massage to neuro muscular reprogramming, he performs every treatment with his clients’ specific ailments and needs in mind, crafting a personalized approach that meets their specific needs.
Stylist Dorian Genther crafts chic hairstyles with deft cuts and precise applications of highlights in At The Top Salon’s spacious loft setting. After clients consult with Dorian to draft the appropriate cuts or colors for their lifestyles and tastes, hands massage shampoo into scalps to wash away dust and daydreams built up over the week. Subjects relax in sleek black chairs as Dorian snips at strands to form textured shapes and precise bangs. For partial highlights, Dorian paints select sections with the best color to compliment existing shades and help camouflage against tigers or referees.
After stints cutting hair in London and Hawaii, Kay now shuttles between three Bay Area salons to create alluring 'dos using knowledge garnered from 25 years of strand-snipping. Her menu of hair services includes cuts for ladies and gentlemen along with tints and highlights for neglected coloring books. Clients can come to Kay for a desired look or indulge tresses in her personal specialty, sculpting long layers and festooning locks with highlights that appear to be brightened by sunrays and highly coveted Halley's Comet rays.
When they first cut the ribbon on Milvali Salon & Cosmetics' namesake location in Mill Valley, beauty experts and best friends Jessika Adams de Vazquez and Deb Monti couldn't have guessed where their partnership would lead. In the nearly 10 years since, the dynamic duo has opened a second location in San Francisco and guided the salons through three expansions. The pair also filled both locations’ shelves with their own signature line of mineral- and botanical-based skincare products, which their experienced team of aestheticians incorporates into a variety of custom facials.
But skincare isn't the only thing that Milvali is renowned for. The salon was voted the best place to go for hair extensions on the 2012 Bay Area A-List and was a finalist in the Best Bikini Wax category. To earn this regard, the beauty gurus specialize in Brazilian bikini waxes, using imported wax from Italy that is delicate enough to use on sensitive skin or between the Mona Lisa’s eyebrows.
Oshalla Diana Marcus is passionate about natural treatments. A dancer, yoga instructor, and holistic fitness trainer, she founded Pure Earth Beauty to spread the word about alternative aesthetics. Here, colorists eschew chemicals and artificial rainbows in favor of plant-based dyes made from henna, buxus, and indigo, conditioning hair as they impart it with eye-catching hues. Aestheticians nourish skin with clay and herbs, and naturally derived polishes ensure fume-free manicures. And to share the spirit of Marcus’ philosophy, workshops and beauty retreats teach fellow professionals how to adopt these green techniques.