As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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.
DermaBella Day Spa & Salon's massage therapist relaxes tight-knotted cords of muscle through the soothing strokes of Swedish massage. Deft hands deliver Swedish massages in 60- or 90-minute variations, sweeping over backs in varied long and short movements to smooth the motion of creaky joints, increase blood flow, and prevent midday avalanches from rock-encrusted shoulders. Massages are tailored to fit the needs of individuals struggling after a hard day of sleeping on a keyboard or letting children dance on their back.
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.
At age 14, Geniana Neto whipped up her first homemade mask from peaches, papaya fruit, and honey to help clear her bother’s oily skin. The experiment piqued her interest in fixing dermal issues and led to a career as a licensed aesthetician, certified advanced-chemical-peel therapist, and hydrafacial-resurfacing specialist. She started Hydro Mystic Skin Studio to help others suffering from excess oil, acne, and other stubborn issues. She also removes unwanted hair on upper lips, tongues, and eyebrows using a choice of soft or hard wax.
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.