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.
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.
At Bella Rose, staff members adroitly cut hair, teach private makeup lessons, and arrange bridal makeup and styling services. Wedding consultations give brides-to-be a chance to plan for the occasion, bringing in photos to help discuss how hair should look and whether the figurines atop the cake need concealer.
Fifth Avenue Salon's master stylist is a teacher for Matrix Color, and only the finest Matrix coloring products are used in the salon. Every haircut for women ($40) and men ($35) begins with a professional consultation, during which the stylist discusses possible styling and color options and interpretations of Inception. The salon's expert color artisans, meanwhile, can transform your scalp into a Technicolor musical with a full color service (starting at $75) or highlights (starting at $75 for partial and $100 for a full set). Color touch-ups start at $50. Fifth Avenue also offers conditioning ($15) and scalp ($25) treatments for customers who are tired of having their hair chewed on by horses. Waxing services such as upper lip ($15) and eyebrows ($18) make sure clients stop getting mistaken for the Swedish Chef.
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.
Experienced stylists at MAHRZ the Salon offer a variety of hair and waxing services for ultimate beautification. Using high-quality products, including MAHRZ's own refillable hair-product line, lady locks are cut and blown dry ($65–$70), converting shags to bobs and vice versa. Gracious gents can get stylish trims ($55–$70) while their mop-topped offspring are spruced up ($45 for children under 13) for medical middle-school photos. Known for their dazzling highlights ($150+ for full head) and specialty colors ($60+), MAHRZ's pigment professionals overhaul hair to match the changing seasons and Cosby sweaters. Trained aestheticians are also on hand to wax eyebrows ($18) and upper lips ($10), ridding faces of sweeping hairs that interfere with morning paper reading.