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]]
Naturally Gorgeous helps beauty last through the ages with permanent-makeup application. Using nontoxic pigment, skilled aestheticians tattoo makeup to enhance features, fill sparse eyebrows, and replenish the color of lips that have sealed too many envelopes. Along with permanent makeup, Naturally Gorgeous performs medical skin-needling treatments for clients with blemishes such as burns, scars, age spots, and freckles. Other skin treatments include facials and peels.
Jeneen?s Skin and Body Care tends to skin needs through a variety of services that cleanse, relax, and soften exteriors. With a strong concentration on anti-aging treatments, the day spa wards off signs of time with microdermabrasions, microcurrent facial toning, and deep PCA peels. All treatments are customized to the client?s individual needs, such as a desire to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, acne, or whipped cream after food fights.
Studio 290’s crew of stylists, each with more than 10 years of experience, transforms mop-topped patrons into walking hair idols with an assortment of services. The salon is both dog and kid friendly, allowing clients to consult with a pet or a human seedling before picking a style. Let one of Studio 290’s hair experts landscape scalp grass to complement your body type, cheekbone contours, and facial tattoos of yourself (up to a $75 value), followed by a brain-warming blow-dry. This Groupon also lets customers tweak their head's hue with either a full-color service from roots to tips (an $80+ value) or intimidating racing stripes with partial highlights (a $105+ value).