It looks so simple: a length of twisted cotton glides across the face, grazing the upper lip, eyebrows, and hairline. This is threading, an ancient hair-removal art with roots in India and the Middle East. Masters of this art, M&M Thread Salon’s staff members quickly ensnare bristles in their threads, creating lines as sharp and clean as the battle ax that chops soap into bar form. The treatment is particularly beneficial for people with sensitive skin, as it uproots hair without chemicals or harmful products. The salon also performs waxing and facials.
Though she served as director of anesthesiology at the San Leandro Surgery Center, Dr. Gayle Misle helps the clients at Reviv Med Spa to look anything but sleepy. With a mission to help rejuvenate and improve bodies, Misle and her staff fight signs of weariness and aging with the latest aesthetic technologies, including injectables, chemical peels, and dermaplaning. Exilis, Sciton, and other aesthetic units utilize infrared and thermal energy to reshape stores of cellulite and tighten skin by jumpstarting its natural collagen-production process. Expert technicians also master several types of laser treatments that rid the body of unwanted hair and once-wanted tattoos.
Although well-versed in skincare treatments herself, Happy Beauty Center?s head specialist, Kathy, still supplements her knowledge with the expertise contained within the 80-year-old Pola line of Japanese products, which are backed by the work of more than 500 scientists and fewer than one bumbling detective. These formulas and others bolster moisturizing hand and foot treatments and facials such as the diamond microdermabrasion, which can shrink oversize pores while smoothing wrinkles and rough skin. Happy Beauty Center?s specialties also include the foot-body-tummy treatment, during which staffers massage acupressure points on the belly to speed up digestion and fizzle stress.
Dermacare Lounge, Inc. emphasizes relaxation from its soothing black and green decor down to the relaxing scent of the products that furnish its roster of skincare services. Bold, colorful paintings energize visitors in the spa's private treatment rooms, the scene of organic and antiaging facials that melt away damaged skin to smooth faces and encourage a natural healthy glow. Body-slimming and hair-removal services target the torso and extremities to ensure each inch of skin appears renewed. Dermacare Lounge also stocks Paris-based Sothys high-performance masks, moisturizers, and organic exfoliants.
The massage maven at Bella Derma Face and Body manipulates clients’ muscles to ease tension and promote overall well-being. Gently kneading muscles and adjacent tissues with light to medium pressure, the therapist stymies spinal stresses with long, connective strokes. By employing friction and rhythmically tapping the first movement of Swan Lake on the area surrounding spines, this classic massage eases muscle tension, improving circulation and range of motion. If desired, clients may upgrade to a 90-minute massage for an additional fee.
With a specialty in long layers, modern texture, and natural curls, the staff at Times Salon caters to all noodle noggins with a range of unisex services. Cuts, color, smoothing treatments, perms, and more swiftly transform locks. Waxing services evict freeloading follicles from the root, and the salon's 15-year veteran in oriental threading removes unwanted strands using cotton thread and a high-end monocle. A range of other spa services pampers weary bodies, from facials to mani-pedis performed with the newest industry tools. All services take place in a brightly lit interior accented by white edging, earth-toned walls, and oversize mirrors that let clients keep tabs on their transformations.