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.
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.
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.
The Spot Hair Salon and Spa is all about pampering and relaxation: in the cream-hued hair styling area, locks are snipped, colored, and woven into updos tailored to clients' specifications. The blue- and zebra-accented skin treatment room is the aesthetician's domain, where facials soothe and refresh. And for mani-pedis and lash extensions, clients make their way to the red accent wall. Here, reflected in round mirrors, detail-oriented staff touch up the fingers, toes, eyes, and vestigial wings of stylish ladies.
Licensed cosmetologist Shirley Lee shares the magic touch of her extensive training at Beauty Wand, where she reveals storybook-worthy skin and hair. Lee boasts a certification from the Comité International D'Esthétique Et De Cosmétologie, an internationally recognized, hands-on program that represents the highest level of qualification an aesthetician can earn. From there, she developed specialties that include a facial massage with royal honey and lymphatic drainage. At Vidal Sassoon, she learned two methods of hair straightening and developed the dexterity to design bridal up-dos for blushing fiancées and cheeky, committed bachelors.
Inside Euro Nail Spa, touches of antiquity?Doric columns, a tiered fountain, and hanging European scenes?blend with the modern mainstays of television and WiFi. The pedicure chairs are sleek and contemporary, yet guests submerge their feet in a separate bowl of water and flowers in a way that evokes an ancient royal pampering. Steam and hot towels coax pores into relaxation during skincare services, many of which pair a traditional cleansing facial with an aromatic mask?such as strawberry, mint, or green tea?and a shoulder massage. Additional massages sap tension from the feet and scalp with focused kneads. At the hairstyling stations, modernity reemerges in the form of abstract art and simple black furniture. The staff trims, colors, and texturizes strands as clients sip on one of the spa's complimentary beverages: coffee, tea, or soda.