At EZ Eyebrow, the gentle arch of a freshly groomed brow is as natural as the hair-removal technique that creates it. Threading first sprang up in ancient Egypt and India, and as opposed to modern waxing, which can damage skin or create a worldwide candle shortage, threading specifically targets hair. It sweeps up a tuft at a time, carving eyebrows into natural arches with precision. In fact, its accuracy rivals that of tweezing—and in less time, since hairs are pulled out in bunches, not one by one. Plus, threading services can also eradicate hair from other parts of the face and neck.
The staff at Dermal Essentials' three locations takes skin seriously. With backgrounds and certifications in aesthetics and makeup artistry, they know how to cleanse skin and enhance appearances whether they are performing microdermabrasions, organic peptide peels, or makeup applications. During treatments, they use high-quality products from Image Skincare, a chemical-free, pharmaceutical-grade skincare line, and Follique, which calms skin after waxing, shaving, or a stern talking-to in the mirror.
Stylist Iran Razi keeps strands looking neat at Cherry Blossom Salon, which has been a fixture in downtown San Rafael since 1994. Haircuts, highlights, and color treatments instill beauty and self-confidence in the wearer, but Iran and the staff at Cherry Blossom take hair care one step further. In addition to hair design, they concern themselves with hair health, which is why they use only natural and organic products by brands such as Hemp Natural Strength and encourage clients to brush their hairs after every meal.
Wall sconces throw honey-colored light on the white walls and polished wood floors of Salon 4, where Marcia Ney restores mugs with a dynamic array of restorative facials. Her treatments are diverse, ranging from vitamin-infused masks to enzyme peels, which raid a rabbit's grocery cart for extracts of yam and pumpkin. Clients may request a waxing session to nix unwanted hair from the face and body, or solicit Marcia's expert eye-shadow tips during a personalized makeup tutorial.
Though the exterior of Alfons Skin Care—a European Tudor–style house—gives the appearance of a modest country home, the services provided within the two-decade-old spa are anything but quaint. Inside two private treatment rooms, aestheticians armed with Pevonia, Reviderm, and Jan Marini products cleanse and hydrate complexions with a combination of Mediterranean techniques and European facial treatments. Ladies select from five facial options, each accompanied by an enzyme exfoliation and customized mask. They also do eyelash extensions and undergo Clarisonic Opal eye and lip treatments.
As with locker rooms and Olympic egg-carton stomping, men have their own domain; they can indulge in a soothing scalp massage or facial-hair tinting for beards that have gone gray. But both parties can benefit from body waxing—which uses sugar, creamy lavender, and green hard wax—as well as such advanced med-spa services as Dr. Lam Probe Therapy, which removes skin tags and thread veins using radio and high-frequency technology.