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."
From their cozy hair haven in Noe Valley, the stylists of Lisa's Beauty Salon welcome men and women of all ages into a bright space warmed with natural light and rich yellow walls. As clients perch in cushioned salon chairs, the team updates manes with expertly shaped cuts and a spectrum of hues furnished by Goldwell. Using formaldehyde-free Keratin Complex products, they smooth the texture of clients' tresses for three to five months, ensuring curl-calming results more durable than singing coifs nightly lullabies.
In addition to its styling services, Lisa's Beauty Salon treats clients to an array of facials that use organic, paraben-free beauty products. An aesthetician analyzes skin prior to administering a classic european facial, an eye contouring treatment, or a resurfacing peeling session. Alternately, one-hour reflexology sessions are known for stimulating and balancing select nerves in the body while reducing stress.
Pistachio-green walls, exposed white ceilings, and wood fixtures. These airy and earthy tones foster relaxation, but Tiptoes Nail Spa is about more than serenity. It's about green and socially responsible serenity. For all their services, they use high-end products, such as vegan and formaldehyde-free nail polishes. These beauty enhancers are safe for the environment, in addition to being animal cruelty-free.
In plush, black leather pedicure chairs with granite-based footbaths, nail technicians foster relaxation as they exfoliate soles, buff nails, and massage warm lotion into hard-working feet. With great attention to detail, staff members also execute rejuvenating facials and massage. That attention to detail also means keeping waxing treatments ouch-free with applications of topical anesthetics.
The gentle stroke of a brush. The artistic flourish of ink. As an award-winning Chinese calligrapher during her childhood, the owner of Faces Plus Skin Spa learned how to control her hands, a skill that she has seamlessly transitioned into her work as an aesthetician for the past 20 years. Now, the owner and another experienced aesthetician?who received advanced training in Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong?use their skills to restore complexions with exfoliating chemical peels, seasonal, antioxidant-rich facials, and permanent-makeup applications. The duo customizes each service, educating spa-goers on proper skincare regimens and using natural and organic products to help complexions glow brighter than a sun-powered campfire. Faces Plus also provides advanced beauty services such as the photorejuvenation treatment, which relies on a combination of LumiFacial therapy, crystal microdermabrasion, and light energy to erase fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
It's tough to relax just before a waxing appointment. With that in mind, renowned architect Chris Kofitsas decided to design Bare to inspire total serenity. To do that, he outfitted the reception area with its own porch swing, hung whimsical lanterns from the ceiling, and covered accent walls with full-sized pictures of nature scenes.
The peaceful, garden-like atmosphere certainly helps put male and female clients at ease, but the wax itself helps just as much. It's a specialized aromatherapy wax that wraps around the hair while avoiding the skin for a much more comfortable experience. In addition to using the wax, the experienced technicians can get rid of unwanted hairs by sugaring them with an all-natural paste, threading them away, or serving them notarized eviction notices. To accommodate clients interested in putting the finishing touches on their newly smoothed looks, they also offer airbrush tans and peels.
ModVellum cossets complexions and whisks away unwanted whiskers with an array of facials, peels, waxing, and other deluxe services. An array of products from Supracor, 100% Pure, Malie Organics, and other brands that cleanse and nourish skin in a spectrum of organic, vegan, and biodegradable formulas, free from animal testing, parabens, dyes, kryptonite, and other chemicals. Technicians carefully apply facial peels to remove dead skin cells and assuage sun damage, acne, and ingrown hairs, and absolve faces of impurities with facials containing natural ingredients such as moor mud and grapes. Expert waxers ensure unwelcome strands disappear from bikini lines, eyebrows, legs, and third legs. ModVellum's mix of contemporary and Victorian-inspired furniture, such as mod leather couches, prim gilded armchairs, and polystyrene fainting couches, join rich textiles and sleek shelving to create an eclectic atmosphere.