Jennifer Clark doesn't believe in sweeping skin problems under the rug?or, rather, under layers of foundation. As the head aesthetician at Skin Lounge, she much prefers to tackle concerns with a customized regimen of DermaQuest products and spa procedures. Her services strive for a symbiotic relationship with the skin, building on its natural processes and beauty so that makeup becomes an afterthought.
Jennifer modifies these treatments based on the client's skin type and the condition they'd like to address. Her facials range from a 40-minute Glow on the Go service to an Ultra Luxe treatment, which adds microdermabrasion and a light chemical peel to the standard cleansing, steam, and extractions. Stronger chemical peels, such as the power pumpkin peel and the TCA glow peel, reduce signs of aging with clinical ingredients rather than by taping a forged birth certificate to the forehead. Even when waxing away unwanted hair, Jennifer maintains her devotion to healthy skin: she never double dips, and her knack for nigh painlessly removing strips has earned her the nickname "Wax Princess."
Inside Salon Belle de Soir, which resides a hair tie's throw from the shopping hub of Fillmore and Union streets, stylists revamp tresses with premium products designed by celebrity stylist Oribe, who has visited the salon to teach a styling class. The salon's moniker means ?beauty of the evening,? which suits its romantic style replete with Parisian-inspired portraits, a chandelier, zebra-striped upholstery, and fur rugs that duplicate the thickness of Fabio's five o'clock shadow. During an interview with the San Francisco Examiner, owner Tracy Stanwick described her styling philosophy as "putting movement back into hair," emphasizing that her staff teaches clients how to properly replicate the styles they receive in the salon. The stylists prioritize hair's health as much as its style with restorative procedures such as Ionic Rescue Pro treatments and Brazilian blowouts. Salon Belle de Soir also offers free consultations, which allow staffers to recommend dubious horse-racing tips as well as face-flattering dos and colors.
Lu Lu Salon & Skin Care's owner, Wes Rafat, relies on the knowledge he gleaned through his time studying at Vidal Sassoon in London. Using Éminence Organic Skin Care products—made from handpicked, natural ingredients—he smooths and nurtures epidermises, slough away depleted cells, and cleanse pores during specialty or custom facials. He wrangles manes into shapely coiffures or fetching ’dos, and adds eye-catching highlights or performs keratin or Japanese hair-straightening treatments to battle frizz brought on by head banging in a lightning storm. Additional services include relaxing massages, hypoallergenic sunless tans, makeup lessons, and eyelash extensions.
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.
After stints cutting hair in London and Hawaii, Kay now shuttles between three Bay Area salons to create alluring 'dos using knowledge garnered from 25 years of strand-snipping. Her menu of hair services includes cuts for ladies and gentlemen along with tints and highlights for neglected coloring books. Clients can come to Kay for a desired look or indulge tresses in her personal specialty, sculpting long layers and festooning locks with highlights that appear to be brightened by sunrays and highly coveted Halley's Comet rays.
Metamorphosis Salon's stylist and founder, Stas Mikhailov, teams up with trendy 'do experts to deliver face-defining cuts, color treatments, and other essential services. At each styling station, ornate Victorian mirrors assist stylists as shears dance gracefully through layers and foils fold over to seal in new tints and tones. Keratin treatments de-frizz locks, and more involved bridal and styling services may be arranged for those who want their wedding days to be as perfect as a geometry proof written by an athletic prom king.