The lighting is soft, but the touch is firm. That's the case during Vanity SpaSalon's signature treatment, a combination of massage modalities that includes hot-stone, Swedish, and shiatsu techniques, all administered in a private room where candles and small table lamps toss light across burgundy walls. The color scheme and relaxation spill over into the salon, where stylists begin each haircut with an upper-body massage that relieves shoulders of the strain of shrugging off bossy stoplights. Strands then nibble on the proteins and carbs that infuse Redken's men's products, or smell the fragrant notes of naturally derived blends from Carol's Daughter.
Judy Chen, aesthetician and owner of Lush n Lash, helps her clients look their very best with a full menu of skin treatments and eyelash adornments. She cleanses pores with classic European facials and beautifies her clients’ flip sides with hour-long back facials. Microdermabrasions and chemical peels exfoliate skin to reveal more youthful and rejuvenated complexions, whereas makeup applications with Jane Iredale mineral make-up enhance features and complement natural coloring.
While the scientific world and natural world are often at odds, the staff at Aesthetic Skin Care Center have found a way for them to exist symbiotically by using technologically advanced treatments and scientifically formulated products to restore the skin's natural beauty. The European-trained, licensed aestheticians address blemishes and signs of aging with services such as IPL sessions or LED-light therapy, and employ the latest permanent-makeup techniques to enhance facial features. With more than 20 years of experience in the skincare industry, the team can also recommend an appropriate, product-based treatment, including a plant-derived Green Peel designed by Dr. Med. Christine Schrammek, to diminish sun damage, scars, and tired-looking skin caused by over-basting the face with turkey jus.
The inviting spa boasts a clean, modern ambience, thanks to white-on-white walls and cabinets, and glass shelves neatly lined with jars and bottles of Vie Collection, Jean D'Arcel, and Phytomer products.
Fantastic Hair & Nail’s team of stylists and aestheticians keeps their clientele looking spruce from head to toe with a range of treatments for the body, face, skin, and nails. Their menu of services includes mani-pedis, custom facials, waxes, and hair-color treatments.
A Best of the Bay 2010 Viewer’s Choice winner, Herbal Mineral’s four California locations couple a devotion to recapturing youth with a commitment to cruelty-free and environmentally friendly products and practices. An arsenal of vegan, earth-friendly beauty products speaks to their commitment to bettering the planet, and visitors sip fair-trade-certified tea that helps to fund landslide restoration and reforestation. The staff’s diverse palette of skills runs the gamut from waxing and organic facials to candling and herbal body contouring, the latter of which can help shape silhouettes into comely hourglasses or vertical representations of the New York skyline.
Organic products and a soothing atmosphere are two of the elements that make a visit to Nancy's Esthetics at Our Sacred Space Wellness Center both a beautifying and relaxing experience. Working out of Our Sacred Space, Nancy Dell'Aquila customizes her facials using organic skincare products—and adds a boost of relaxation to each facial with an upper-body massage. Clients leave with glowing skin and a heightened sense of tranquility.