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.
Trio Salon offers traditional haircuts and coloring services alongside European facials and microdermabrasion. The salon also helps to kick-start the next generation of style with a children's service menu of scaled-down hairstyles and manicure treatments. During nail services, technicians add dynamic color to freshly buffed keratin with a full palette of polishes, or for an additional fee, CND shellac applications that remain chip-free for weeks. And for holistic care, the onsite massage therapist can supplement any service with a neck and shoulder massage or dole out a full Swedish or shiatsu bodywork treatment to anyone who’s sore from climbing the corporate ladder at the ladder factory.
Equipped with 25 years of international experience, Jon Paul rejuvenates visages with anti-aging glycolic peels or hydrating natural-enzyme facials. Epidermal layers bask under the intensive glycolic treatment, a chemical peel that saturates skin to help whisk away wrinkles loitering around eyes, mouths, and cheekbone arcades. By shucking off superficial dead cells, the resurfacing peel can smooth irregularities in skinscapes, minimizing age spots, blotchiness, or freckles configured as unpopular constellations. Taking a gentler route, the natural-enzyme facial buffs cheeks with exfoliating fruit enzymes before opening clogged pores with antioxidants and hydrating agents for an irritation-free deep cleansing.
The Ranch Salons are a laid-back haircutting operation, focusing on clipping hair in a comfortable, living room-like setting. Before appointments, clients can sip coffee or soda at both spots, and at the Greenbrae location shoot through a game of pool played out next to the glow of the salon's flat-screen TV. This deal's included shampoo works a lustrous lather over the scalp, and a conditioning treatment moisturizes locks of hair with natural tea oils. Those who opt for the gray-hair camouflage should expect to spend 90 minutes inside the salon, eliminating large gray spots and emerging with peppered hair for an informal morning of testing Lone Ranger impersonations in the bathroom mirror.
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).
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.