Owner and lead aesthetician Mahin Shafai opened Inspiration Day Spa in 2000, to take guests "away from the stressful modern world and provide a soothing escape to a peaceful place.” A 30-year veteran of the skincare industry, Shafai strives to offer the same type of luxurious spa services typically offered at high-end resorts and most Beverly Hills laundromats, including chakra-cleansing Japanese lava-stone massages and Dead Sea facials. Full-body waxing and slimming body wraps help visitors prepare for real vacations, and makeup services help ready faces for a night on the town, complete with lash tinting and custom-blended foundations.
To encourage clients to carry their newfound tranquility home with them, Shafai and her staff also carry a full line of retail products by Babor, DNA, and Yonka, and can customize an at-home regimen upon request.
Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.
Salon Vie offers a bevy of hair services, including haircuts for men ($40+), women ($50+), and children ($35+). During a haircut, a skilled stylist will sense your innermost hair yearnings and direct his or her careful scissors in tune with your thoughts and dreams, letting creative forces flow wildly onto your scalp for a haircut that revolutionizes the way you look in the mirror—inside and out. Afterward, in the streets, you might find that your magnificent mane busts the binds of its bowler hat and leaps into sunshine, dappling the dark alleyways of careless coiffeurs. Clients can also receive color services such as a touch-up ($75+) or full highlight ($120+), among a variety of other services, including extensions and thermal re-conditioning (by consultation).
Redwood City Lotus Spa’s expert staff works to chisel edifices into slimmer versions of themselves using electro body sculpting, a cutting-edge treatment that aims to reduce cellulite and body fat using gentle pulses of electrical stimulation. During the 90-minute procedure a seasoned tech will strap the electrodes to your belly, butt, thighs, arms, or secret robot control panel before dispatching a fleet of vivifying energy currents. Clients can kick back and relax during treatment, as electro sculpting tones muscle without requiring any physical exertion on the part of the client, yielding little to no sweat or soreness. For some stomachs, the experience may be the equivalent of performing 600 crunches, or folding 10 origami swans with the abs.
A large flat-screen TV resides at one end of Donna Salon, entertaining clients as they sit before mirrored stations or underneath hair dryers. Floral bouquets add a touch of tranquility as technicians revamp manes with cuts and color. Elsewhere, they perform invigorating facials and customize digits with nail art in the form of hearts, stars, or grocery lists.
Three thriving locations and a slew of press from outlets such as Teen Vogue and Fox News make a strong case for the success of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons. But the true testament to the salon and spa's success lies, quite literally, in the hands of owner and skincare specialist Bella Schneider. Bella is the winner of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Crystal Award and has spent almost four decades helping clients including Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Pfeiffer, obtain healthy, glowing complexions.
Her humble European background led her to the salon where she would receive an apprenticeship at the young age of 14. This moment became the catalyst to her skincare career, which included earning an Economics degree in the States before opening the first LaBelle Day Spa and Salon in 1976. And even though she added two more locations by the late 1980's, the mission for each beauty haven has remained the same: to provide European-quality treatments that are science-based.
Bella and her team—which includes her daughter and grandson—use her personally-formulated line of products to ensure effective results during each service, which range from vitamin-infused facials to mani-pedis enhanced by essential oils and advanced body-contouring Endermologie treatments. LaBella's team also guarantees an exceptional experience by offering spa guests a relaxing foot soak. In the salons, master stylists and colorists customized hair services by using advanced balayage and precision cutting techniques, while Pilates instructors teach private lessons so clients can perfect their posture, alignment, and grace.