Because Victoria Gagnebin is treating the body, she follows the same standard that doctors do: first, do no harm. She practices this mantra by only steeping skin in natural and organic products, thereby sparing clients exposure to chemicals that can take their toll over time. Victoria primarily works with products from Osmosis Skincare, a line that encourages cellular regeneration, but she also handpicks favorites from the collections of other natural skincare companies and the medicine cabinets of grizzly bears with great skin. These elixirs fuel a succinct selection of treatments; face and body waxing joins four facials named after different phases of the moon.
The staff at The Fifth Avenue Spa showers clients with a repertoire of soothing treatments amid white leather couches and swaying sprays of cut flowers. Décor characterized by shades of sand lets accents of purple leap from sunset photographs, blooming orchids, and images of flying people-eaters gracing the walls. With contented sighs drifting free after massages and body wraps, patrons shutter electronic devices so as not to break the relaxing spell. The intimately lit treatment rooms make eyelids increasingly heavy and delight off-leash shadow puppets during waxing treatments and facials.
The aestheticians at Toso Skin Care treat both men and women as well as teens, so it's important that they personalize each service. To do so, they incorporate everything from peels and acne treatments to custom facials. Turning their attention to the body, they wax fuzzy skin from brow to toe. The beauty quest doesn't stop at the salon—clients can take home products such as Awakening mineral lotions and costume jewelry sprung from the glitter-covered brain of designer Cookie Lee.
Inside Bon Air Salon and Spa, beauty professionals transform clients with hair, nail, facial, and massage services. Microdermabrasion removes dead, flaky skin cells, making room for younger cells to glow. Massage services disentangle muscle knots with kneading and stroking using various degrees of pressure, including deep and peer. The salon also sells beauty products and hosts spa parties for friends and family members.
There's a party every weekend at Heroes and Hairoines. People chat between sips of wine, beer, and mimosas, and when they leave, they walk out with chic new hairstyles and nail designs. Located in the heart of San Rafael, Heroes and Hairoines greets its clients with comforts well beyond the complimentary drinks at other salons, day spas, and best-host competitions. All someone needs to do is step up to the blow-dry or waxing bar or one of several salon chairs.
As a René Furterer flagship salon, Heroes and Hairoines relies on the Parisian haircare line of natural products as well as additional treatments from the likes of Bumble and bumble., Aveda, or Kérastase—whatever is required to create looks worthy of gracing the cover of a fashion magazine. Men's grooming services are also in the team's stylish wheelhouse, as are hot-stone massages and aesthetic treatments. Aestheticians can administer facials, wax the face and body, and sculpt nails during mani-pedis.
Karen Behnke was already an established presence in the national wellness scene when her attention turned to healthful beauty products. Her newfound interest was triggered by her first pregnancy, which was wreaking havoc with her skin. But the more research she did, the more dismayed she became: even though skin absorbs most of what is applied to it, most skincare products on the market are chock-full of unnatural, multisyllabic ingredients?some of which don't even work as advertised.
Behnke decided to take matters into her own hands and create what she couldn't find in stores. Most beauty products are water and petroleum-based, but Juice Beauty builds on an antioxidant and vitamin-rich foundation of organic juices. Besides skincare products such as the top-selling Green Apple Peel and hydrating cleansing milk derived from grape-seed and sunflower oils, Juice Beauty mixes up radiant makeup collections and potent hair products.