While at May's Beauty Skin Care, the staff wants its clients to relax and take time for themselves. In a private treatment room, the staff members beautify guests with custom facial treatments, including diamond dermabrasion, collagen masks, full facials, and acne treatments, that cater to a variety of skin concerns. Waxing services, massages, and lash extensions are also available.
Scott Torok's eye for beauty wouldn't stop wandering. He saw inspiration wherever he looked, whether it was in a fashion magazine or up the length of a skyscraper. Eventually, it was his knack for identifying beauty in geometry and architecture that led him to hair design?he studied with Aveda and Vidal Sassoon before he opened Descend Salon. There, he styles hair and showcases art from a rotating cast of painters and sculptors.
Scott's team of stylists all have similarly impressive pedigrees. One is the former artistic director of Elizabeth Arden's The Red Door Spa, and others have had their work featured in commercials, fashion shows, and photo shoots. Their services include traditional cuts and, in stylist Shannon Debin's case, dry cuts, which allow her to see how the hair will look and move day to day. The staff also offers ombre and baliage highlights, extensions, and straightening treatments that are far more professional than just tying a pebble to the end of each hair.
At Glamour Puss, resident aesthetician Sara pampers her clients with a choice of three personalized hair-removal services. For smaller areas, such as chins and sideburns, she can lift unwanted strands right from the follicle with threading or apply a sugaring paste made from pure sugar, water, and lemon. The paste likewise works on larger areas, including bikini and chest, as does Lycon wax, a gentle formula of resins and aromatherapy oils Sara uses to rid bodies of short hairs. After each session, she makes sure to supply clients with whatever tips and tools they need to maintain their results and properly care for their skin.
Beauty specialist Vimaa Patel opened the original IBar to concentrate on threading, body art, and permanent makeup. Now with four different locations, Vimaa ensures her staff is practiced in the ancient technique of eyebrow threading?gently pruning and shaping brows with cotton strings?by requiring potential team members to have at least two years of experience. The technicians also enhance eyes and brows with permanent-makeup treatments and personalize shoulders, ankles, and calves with temporary body art, such as birds, blossoms, or safe combinations.
IBar San Francisco's intensive focus on a handful of treatments let the staff master their craft, and customers took notice. Within four years, the beauty haven expanded to four locations, each of which maintains the rigorous quality and boutique ambiance of the original.