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.
Alfons Skin Care tend to gnarled toes and smooth burly calluses using Footlogix products designed to maximize moisture. During the treatment, licensed aestheticians linger toes for up to seven minutes in a fragrant lavender soak in order to soften dead skin and ensure cleanliness. Tootsies dry before they bathe in a mist of callus softener gentle enough to be absorbed by the skin, and a a stainless steel medical grade file removes callus areas and the urge to stomp sand castles. Aestheticians then execute soothing leg-massage techniques, drenching the lower limbs in Footlogix Massage Formula. Follow a cobbled walkway up the vine-covered steps to the Tudor-style salon, where french doors open to a private chamber for pampering.
Antique Balinese fountains, crimson wall hangings, and verdant plants enliven the luxurious confines of Pacific Tan, a go-to bronzing destination for 27 years. Boasting attentive customer service and the vibe of an exotic getaway, the tanning emporium ushers clients into its elegant space for traditional UV tans in state-of-the-art beds, including the Garden of Eden, which customizes a tan for each individual using an optical sensor, and the Shangri-La, a high-pressure bed that delivers a dark tan in minutes. Alternatively, natural-looking, flawless airbrush tans are administered by skilled and certified technicians using a safe, all-natural paraben-free solution.
Having successfully airbrushed more than 7,000 customers, Lucky Bumble’s founder and master airbrush artist Chiara Serpa is an expert at imparting natural-looking golden hues. Her customized airbrush sessions leave clients with a full-body tan that lasts for up to 10 days.
For more than 15 years, Solar Planet has been helping clients attain sun-kissed glows and whole-body relaxation with a blend of tanning and massage services. Knowledgeable staffers usher clients into UV tanning beds equipped with premium German quartz lamps that produce a bronze epidermal tone within 10 minutes. Designer Skin, California Tan, and Hempz products enhance and sustain embedded tans, or a Norvell tanning solution installs an instant, natural-looking bronze within a UV-free booth. Solar Planet also hosts professional massage therapists—each with 500-plus hours of training and the pinky strength to win a thumb war—who use their skilled hands to unleash nine relaxing massage techniques that can be customized according to each client's desires, needs, hopes, and dreams.
Ooh La La's owner, Wes Rafat, relies on the knowledge he gleaned through his time studying at Vidal Sassoon in London to lead a talented team of stylists and aestheticians. Mane wranglers shape coiffures into fetching ’dos, and stylists add eye-catching highlights or perform keratin or Japanese hair-straightening treatments to battle frizz brought on by head banging in a lightning storm. Éminence Organic Skin Care products—made from handpicked, natural ingredients—smooth and nurture epidermises, slough away depleted cells, and cleanse pores during custom facials. Additional services include hypoallergenic sunless tans, makeup lessons, and eyelash extensions.