When Alexandria "Lexy" Hernandez isn’t healing minds and bodies with massage and meditation techniques, she's working on human canvases—dusting on eye art, etching out defining features with makeup, and summoning radiance from skin with scrubs and body wraps. Her range of services is wide: she and her staff can twist hair into elegant updos or prepare brides and attendants for memorable wedding days with formal hair and makeup packages. In addition to traditional and airbrush-makeup applications, she offers paramedical cosmetic sessions, which aim to conceal skin imperfections, the aftereffects of plastic surgery, or tattoos proclaiming the love of your ex-favorite mom. She also specializes in deep-tissue massage, which she calibrates to not only relax clients but also to encourage healing.
Though she served as director of anesthesiology at the San Leandro Surgery Center, Dr. Gayle Misle helps the clients at Reviv Med Spa to look anything but sleepy. With a mission to help rejuvenate and improve bodies, Misle and her staff fight signs of weariness and aging with the latest aesthetic technologies, including injectables, chemical peels, and dermaplaning. Exilis, Sciton, and other aesthetic units utilize infrared and thermal energy to reshape stores of cellulite and tighten skin by jumpstarting its natural collagen-production process. Expert technicians also master several types of laser treatments that rid the body of unwanted hair and once-wanted tattoos.
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.