The stylists behind Creative Concepts Salon nabbed the title of Best Beauty Salon in 2012, thanks to the readers of the Milpitas Post. Now they strive to uphold their good name whenever they style tresses with haircuts, perms, smoothing treatments, and tints. While they work, they cleanse, condition, and sculpt manes with products by Redken, Pureology, and Big Sexy Hair. Their aesthetic specialists also contribute to the award-winning reputation by tending epidermises with microdermabrasion and makeup, and pruning unwanted fringe with waxing and threading. Nail technicians round out the lauded staff by cosseting hands and feet; they trim nails or top them with acrylic sets or metallic claws.
Over the past 15 years, certified cosmetologist Seema Kapoor has been particularly interested in techniques and products from India, such as Shahnaz Husain skincare. Though this is a specialty, the expertise of her staff is diverse. Below elegant chandeliers, stylists can craft a flattering haircut, highlight tresses, or nix unwanted hair with a specialty waxing or threading session. When not at the salon, Seema and friends host a live radio show where clients can call in and ask beauty questions such as "How long does a perm last?” and "How does my uncle keep pulling quarters from behind my ear?".
Piercing eyes gaze at each client as they walk into Ruby's Beauty Studio. The stares do not belong to the friendly staff at the intimate studio but rather to pictures of women on its walls, each one’s hair and makeup elegantly done. This is just one way owner and beautician Ruby Walia showcases the studio’s extensive menu of aesthetic treatments, which range from threading and waxing to makeup applications. Ruby and her staff apply intricate henna designs to bodies and brighten and exfoliate faces with ginseng powder, 24-karat gold, and oxygen cream during 10 types of customized facials.
For the better part of the decade, Ruby has built her namesake studio from the ground up. Once a lawyer, Ruby decided to make a career change when she felt the need for a more creative outlet. She went to beauty school before beginning her aesthetic journey in 2000, which has led her to provide aesthetic and makeup services for the 2003 Miss India Northern California beauty pageant and famous Bollywood actresses such as Amrita Rao and Neha Dhupia.
The nail techs and aestheticians at Nail Nook & Skin Care enhance clients' images with services that span nailcare, facials, waxing, body wraps, and massage. They also uphold high standards of cleanliness, adhering to practices such as sanitizing their pedicure spas with Bio-Smart disinfectant.