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.
Each member of Stript Wax Bar's staff specializes in waxing, using top-shelf waxing products and artful technique to efficiently strip away hair. Technicians ensure cleanliness through a strict no-double-dipping policy, clearing away hair as guests lounge in soothing environs.
Bianca de Jong launched her first spa boutique in the Netherlands. After helming it for more than 10 years, she hopped the pond and landed in California, where she opened Forest Spa Boutique. To keep her services aligned with European standards, de Jong regularly returns to the Old World, learning new skills and expanding her collection of Big Ben key chains. She specializes in facial treatments related to aging, and can enhance each appointment with add-ons including peels, massages, and paraffin dips. During a customized massage, she blends essential oils with carrier oils to create a soothing aroma that is rubbed and kneaded into the skin. De Jong also grooms body hair with a gentle Italian wax that quickly ousts unwanted strands and vermicelli noodles.
Eliana and Viviane Jardim grew up on the beaches of Brazil, and when they moved to the United States, they brought a little bit of the Brazilian sun with them. The business they opened, Samba Glow, specializes in personalized airbrush spray tans. Armed with a spray applicator, technicians apply either a clear solution that develops over the course of 8–10 hours or a bronzer that’s visible right away. The DHA-based formula for each is free of harsh chemicals, preservatives, white tempera paint, and artificial fragrances, leaving room for certified-organic aloe-vera extracts, vitamin A, vitamin E, and various antioxidants that help leave skin firm and smooth. At their new Menlo Park location, the Jardim sisters decided to branch out into other beautification services—such as waxing and a full lash and brow bar—as well as retail, selling bathing suits and resort-wear designed to show off the tanning techs’ handiwork.
Most Popular Service: Spa packages combining massage and facial
Brands Used: Decleor, Circadia, Cosmedix, Epilfree
Minimum Age Requirement: 12
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Parking: Private parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
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Beauty specialist Vimaa Patel opened the original iBar to concentrate on threading, body art, and permanent makeup. Now with four different locations, Vimaa ensures her staff is practiced in the ancient technique of eyebrow threading—gently pruning and shaping brows with cotton strings—by requiring potential team members to have at least two years of experience. The technicians also enhance eyes and brows with permanent-makeup treatments and personalize shoulders, ankles, and calves with temporary body art, such as birds, blossoms, or safe combinations.
iBar's intensive focus on a handful of treatments let the staff master their craft, and customers took notice. Within four years, the beauty haven expanded to four locations, each of which maintains the rigorous quality and boutique ambiance of the original.