At Salon Mia Bella, a highly trained staff of master stylists renovate tresses with services harnessing products by brands such as Tigi and Wella. Strands float to the ground, liberated by shears in chic trims, and with a few quick flicks of the wrist, wax removes fuzz from lips, eyebrows, and dryer-lint thieves. As patrons twirl in sleek, black leather styling seats beneath potted plants, stylists also ready them for weddings and other formal events with updo and makeup services.
An Aveda Concept salon, Total Concern 2's staff brings close, personal attention to every salon and space service. Each haircut or color (cut $40+; color $95+) starts with a consultation to determine a treatment that not only looks flattering, but complements your personal style and air-guitar skills. Otherwise, clear your flesh-emoticon of pore-clogs and pie-fight residue with botanical ingredients during one of Total Concern 2's facials ($45+) before blissing out with a little professional massage therapy ($45+) that loosens muscles, flushes out toxins, and works out knots formed during vigorous sessions of puppeteering.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry ($29–$38) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($55–$70), highlights ($75–$90), or a perm ($55–$70). Prices vary by location.
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 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.
When Alexandria "Lexy" Hernandez isn’t healing minds and bodies with massage and meditation techniques, she's working on human canvases—dusting on eye art, etching out defining features with makeup, and summoning radiance from skin with scrubs and body wraps. Her range of services is wide: she and her staff can twist hair into elegant updos or prepare brides and attendants for memorable wedding days with formal hair and makeup packages. In addition to traditional and airbrush-makeup applications, she offers paramedical cosmetic sessions, which aim to conceal skin imperfections, the aftereffects of plastic surgery, or tattoos proclaiming the love of your ex-favorite mom. She also specializes in deep-tissue massage, which she calibrates to not only relax clients but also to encourage healing.
A licensed esthetician shares the magic touch of her extensive training at Herbal Organics, where she reveals storybook-worthy skin and hair. Locations offer services such as semi-permanent makeup, body-slimming and contouring treatments, enzyme peels, and waxing in several different areas. From there, she developed specialties that include a facial massage with royal honey and lymphatic drainage.