Licensed master hairstylist Sonja loves the moment her clients see their new 'do for the first time. With nearly 10 years of experience at Tao Blaze Salon, she specializes in precision haircuts and rich, ammonia-free color treatments that illuminate clients' best features. When patrons walk into this upscale Los Gatos salon, they can instantly feel the warmth of the cushy leather chairs and sunlit rooms, all enhanced by the friendliness of the salon staff.
As its name suggests, Beyond The Spa has more going for it than relaxing facials, massages, and permanent-makeup applications. Owner Eileen strives to elevate her clients? experience with complimentary amenities, such as a tea lounge that harbors teapots and cups from around the world. Eileen shares something in common with this cross-cultural collection of porcelain; she began her career halfway across the globe in Taiwan and China, helping manage her family's 23 spas throughout that country. Her most recent stateside endeavor has attracted notable clientele such as KRON4 news anchors and former Cupertino Mayor Kris Wang. They come for the stress-relieving treatments, though it doesn?t hurt that the spa is located inside a historic mansion on The Alameda that regularly hosts stuffed-animal tea parties.
The stylists at Salon Vie Jehe—overseen by owner Rezi Zare, an internationally trained master stylist—draw upon their up-to-date schooling to design hairdos that mirror each client's unique image. Each haircut appointment begins with a consultation, during which stylists outline a fashionable style based on the client's features. From there, they bring the style to life with the help of Privé organic haircare products, scissors, and skeins of yarn. Inside the modern-minimalist salon, where angled ceilings apex above dangling globe lamps and chic furnishings, the staff also performs coloring and straightening treatments, makeup applications, and nail services.
Hair removal can be a painful process—skin is left raw from harsh waxes and brows can be left almost bare after over-plucking. But at Paris Studio, clients can rest assured that a perfect arch won't come at the expense of their skin. An ancient Eastern depilation technique, threading offers tight control over target areas, eschews the use of chemicals, and won't stretch or peel the skin the way waxing does. Using a pure cotton string, the technicians loop around numerous hairs at once to quickly sweep unwanted strands before they have a chance to cry out and warn the others. Besides streamlining bulky brows, the technique can also be used to smooth larger areas including the upper lips, sideburns, and hairline.
Mazzy began as a brow bar but widened its scope?and its staff?so that it now operates as a chic full-service salon where stylists tend to a variety of clients' beauty needs. The team includes a threading specialist and two professional hairstylists, both of whom help clients enhance their individual look. Further style upgrades come courtesy of makeup artists who use MAC cosmetics to draw attention to the face?s most flattering features and away from their third ear. Customers can complete make-overs by perusing an inventory of fashionable jewelry that can accessorize a new cut or fresh highlights.
Between her time in Europe and America, cosmetologist Elena has spent a decade beautifying clients with her soothing, meticulous skin treatments. At The Gorgeous Lady, she uses certified organic products in facials to even skin tones and improve texture. Her other specialties range from hand-and-foot treatments with steamed-towel wipes to body waxing.