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.
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.
Radical Tan totes the sun's rays indoors with its arsenal of UV beds and spray tans. High- and low-intensity tanning beds keep skin comfortable with breezy air conditioning as up to 56 powerful lamps imbue silhouettes with sun-kissed results that last longer than playing seven minutes in heaven with a nearby star. Meanwhile, spray tans abandon UV altogether by spritzing bodies with a nourishing bronzing mist, and detail-oriented beauty services, such as collagen-stimulation treatments, ensure every feature complements clients' ravishing new tans.