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 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.
The gentle stroke of a brush. The artistic flourish of ink. As an award-winning Chinese calligrapher during her childhood, the owner of Faces Plus Skin Spa learned how to control her hands, a skill that she has seamlessly transitioned into her work as an aesthetician for the past 20 years. Now, the owner and another experienced aesthetician?who received advanced training in Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong?use their skills to restore complexions with exfoliating chemical peels, seasonal, antioxidant-rich facials, and permanent-makeup applications. The duo customizes each service, educating spa-goers on proper skincare regimens and using natural and organic products to help complexions glow brighter than a sun-powered campfire. Faces Plus also provides advanced beauty services such as the photorejuvenation treatment, which relies on a combination of LumiFacial therapy, crystal microdermabrasion, and light energy to erase fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Under the guidance of spa owner, aesthetician, and makeup artist Lori Taylor, Belleza Day Spa's team has maintained Lori's vision: cultivating an unparalleled spa experience by individually tailoring every treatment. Armed with products from Jan Marini and cosmetic lines such as Laura Mercier and Scott Barnes, they take care of the body both inside and out. Facials, waxing, and other skincare help to make clients look luminous, and certified massage therapists relieve tension and break up scar tissue formed from trying to high-five gorillas. The staff also specializes in makeup application, offering packages that include bridal-party services. As a way of giving back to the community, Belleza provides a 30% service discount for firefighters, police officers, and hospital staff, a 15% product discount, and even a 15% discount for the spouses of these service workers.
As its name suggests, Beyond The Spa has more going for it than relaxing facials, massages, and permanent-makeup applications. Owner Eileen strives to elevate her clients? experience with complimentary amenities, such as a tea lounge that harbors teapots and cups from around the world. Eileen shares something in common with this cross-cultural collection of porcelain; she began her career halfway across the globe in Taiwan and China, helping manage her family's 23 spas throughout that country. Her most recent stateside endeavor has attracted notable clientele such as KRON4 news anchors and former Cupertino Mayor Kris Wang. They come for the stress-relieving treatments, though it doesn?t hurt that the spa is located inside a historic mansion on The Alameda that regularly hosts stuffed-animal tea parties.
From the simple touch of massage to the modern power of a microdermabrasion, Pure Bliss offers a spectrum of services to inspire beauty and wellbeing. Amidst the complexion cleansing options, the C-esta facial firms and tones the skin with a double mask and advanced vitamin infusion. To foster inner balance, trained therapists administer relaxing or pain-relieving massage. The skincare and massage teams converge for the the Pure Bliss rejuvenator, which includes a hydrating massage and full-body exfoliation with shea butter and a scrub of peppermint, lavender, or chocolate. For dramatic overhauls, an on-site doctor installs Botox or Juvederm, and a permanent makeup artist applies liners that can withstand a swim in the neighbor's mud pit.