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.
A massage practitioner for more than two decades, Dalila Cunha passionately pursues a nontoxic lifestyle for herself and a nontoxic massage experience for her clients. During custom massages, she soothes battered bodies and applies concentrated pressure to help reverse the individual's particular ailments, such as fatigue, stress, or anxiety over whether to eat a sweet or savory brunch. Fair-trade candles made of beeswax and palm-wax burn softly as clients rest on organic linens. Organic goods ensconce guests at every level—from organic oils and lotions applied during the massage to a stock of organic tea in the waiting room.
After working for years alongside chiropractors, Yvonne Street considers herself an expert at relieving the chronic aches and pains that result from injuries and constant stress. The certified therapist specializes in five massage modalities?Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, prenatal, and trigger-point therapy?and draws liberally on Eastern and Western techniques to craft bodywork treatments that suit her clients? individual needs. In 60- or 90-minute sessions, she combines long, gliding strokes, pinpointed kneads, and relaxing prods to leave bodies loose enough to help a genie move into its apartment.:m]]
Though the exterior of Alfons Skin Care?a European Tudor?style house?gives the appearance of a modest country home, the services provided within the two-decade-old spa are anything but quaint. Inside two private treatment rooms, aestheticians armed with Pevonia, Reviderm, and Jan Marini products cleanse and hydrate complexions with a combination of Mediterranean techniques and European facial treatments. Ladies select from five facial options, each accompanied by an enzyme exfoliation and customized mask. They also do eyelash extensions and undergo Clarisonic Opal eye and lip treatments.
As with locker rooms and Olympic egg-carton stomping, men have their own domain; they can indulge in a soothing scalp massage or facial-hair tinting for beards that have gone gray. But both parties can benefit from body waxing?which uses sugar, creamy lavender, and green hard wax?as well as such advanced med-spa services as Dr. Lam Probe Therapy, which removes skin tags and thread veins using radio and high-frequency technology.
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.
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.