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.
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.
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.
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.
A peek through Elements Salon's floor-to-ceiling window reveals an airy salon in which light-colored walls accent a smooth hardwood ceiling. This casual atmosphere carries over into the styling chairs, where natural sunlight spotlights shears as they craft styles as up-to-date as a clairvoyant's roulette bet. From traditional haircuts to skin treatments for the face and body, the team members help ensure glamorous results with products from Tru and the high-end, Italian-born Davines haircare line.