Although well-versed in skincare treatments herself, Happy Beauty Center?s head specialist, Kathy, still supplements her knowledge with the expertise contained within the 80-year-old Pola line of Japanese products, which are backed by the work of more than 500 scientists and fewer than one bumbling detective. These formulas and others bolster moisturizing hand and foot treatments and facials such as the diamond microdermabrasion, which can shrink oversize pores while smoothing wrinkles and rough skin. Happy Beauty Center?s specialties also include the foot-body-tummy treatment, during which staffers massage acupressure points on the belly to speed up digestion and fizzle stress.
Dermacare Lounge, Inc. emphasizes relaxation from its soothing black and green decor down to the relaxing scent of the products that furnish its roster of skincare services. Bold, colorful paintings energize visitors in the spa's private treatment rooms, the scene of organic and antiaging facials that melt away damaged skin to smooth faces and encourage a natural healthy glow. Body-slimming and hair-removal services target the torso and extremities to ensure each inch of skin appears renewed. Dermacare Lounge also stocks Paris-based Sothys high-performance masks, moisturizers, and organic exfoliants.
The massage maven at Bella Derma Face and Body manipulates clients’ muscles to ease tension and promote overall well-being. Gently kneading muscles and adjacent tissues with light to medium pressure, the therapist stymies spinal stresses with long, connective strokes. By employing friction and rhythmically tapping the first movement of Swan Lake on the area surrounding spines, this classic massage eases muscle tension, improving circulation and range of motion. If desired, clients may upgrade to a 90-minute massage for an additional fee.
The Spot Hair Salon and Spa is all about pampering and relaxation: in the cream-hued hair styling area, locks are snipped, colored, and woven into updos tailored to clients' specifications. The blue- and zebra-accented skin treatment room is the aesthetician's domain, where facials soothe and refresh. And for mani-pedis and lash extensions, clients make their way to the red accent wall. Here, reflected in round mirrors, detail-oriented staff touch up the fingers, toes, eyes, and vestigial wings of stylish ladies.
Licensed cosmetologist Shirley Lee shares the magic touch of her extensive training at Beauty Wand, where she reveals storybook-worthy skin and hair. Lee boasts a certification from the Comité International D'Esthétique Et De Cosmétologie, an internationally recognized, hands-on program that represents the highest level of qualification an aesthetician can earn. From there, she developed specialties that include a facial massage with royal honey and lymphatic drainage. At Vidal Sassoon, she learned two methods of hair straightening and developed the dexterity to design bridal up-dos for blushing fiancées and cheeky, committed bachelors.
The makeup artists and professional stylists at Epic Artistry have no lack of canvases for their art. Inside their bright downtown Burlingame lounge, they channel their creativity into making over clients during hair
and makeup services, including applications and classes. They also add flattering tints to both men and women's features, accented by the arches of artfully waxed eyebrows.
Before their appointments, guests can sip herbal tea to relax. The lounge's lipstick-red dresser and florid patterned couch cast a crisp Victorian vibe over the hardwood floors. Epic Artistry borders several boutiques, enabling visitors to quickly nab a whole new look even without falling into a vat of yellow dye number 5.