Eva Claiborne grew up in Hungary—a country renowned for its rejuvenating hot springs and lavish spas. She received her master's in skincare after five years of graduate training in Budapest, and in 1989, she moved to the United States. Today, she has more than 30 years of spa and skincare experience, which guides her as she treats women and men of every age.
Eva's specialty skincare services work to diminish an array of skin problems, including age spots, rosacea, and portraits of Marty Feldman drawn in permanent marker. Her luxurious Hungarian-style facials, meanwhile, regale faces with lavish treatments, including one that incorporates a 24-karat colloidal gold serum. Her body treatments range from slimming wraps to her own signature "shell and chakras" therapy, which uses aromatherapy oil and seashells to massage bodies and balance chakras.
The products Eva uses are every bit as luxurious as her services, from her own Inderma line, forged from fair-trade ingredients to treat pre- and post-operative plastic-surgery patients, to European formulas such as Omorovicza and Germaine De Capuccini.
After dedicating 20 years to the world of wedding catalogs and publications, Lili Shahabi decided to once again start working with private clients. At her spa, Lili works as the lead master colorist and stylist specializing in formal updos and wedding services. In addition to prepping brides for the moment the veil or paper bag is lifted, Lili and her team provide services for hair, skin, and nails. The team members commit themselves to learning new techniques and staying ahead of trends while also searching out innovative products such as glo minerals, a makeup line designed with natural high-pigment minerals and antioxidants.
Adhering to a holistic healing philosophy, Kinetic Waves' staff pampers guests with noninvasive treatments designed to bolster skin health and relieve stress without the use of harmful chemicals. The specialists administer a variety of complexion-clearing and anti-aging facials, treating mugs to Hujan Natural Skin Care products, which are free of parabens, gluten, artificial fragrances, and dyes. Guests can also revel in relaxation during holistic treatments, such as reiki and craniosacral-therapy sessions, and massage, in which therapists knead away muscular tension with their experienced hands or mastery of telekinesis.
When they first cut the ribbon on Milvali Salon & Cosmetics' namesake location in Mill Valley, beauty experts and best friends Jessika Adams de Vazquez and Deb Monti couldn't have guessed where their partnership would lead. In the nearly 10 years since, the dynamic duo has opened a second location in San Francisco and guided the salons through three expansions. The pair also filled both locations’ shelves with their own signature line of mineral- and botanical-based skincare products, which their experienced team of aestheticians incorporates into a variety of custom facials.
But skincare isn't the only thing that Milvali is renowned for. The salon was voted the best place to go for hair extensions on the 2012 Bay Area A-List and was a finalist in the Best Bikini Wax category. To earn this regard, the beauty gurus specialize in Brazilian bikini waxes, using imported wax from Italy that is delicate enough to use on sensitive skin or between the Mona Lisa’s eyebrows.
A massage practitioner for more than two decades, Dalila Cunha passionately pursues a nontoxic lifestyle for herself and a nontoxic massage experience for her clients. During custom massages, she soothes battered bodies and applies concentrated pressure to help reverse the individual's particular ailments, such as fatigue, stress, or anxiety over whether to eat a sweet or savory brunch. Fair-trade candles made of beeswax and palm-wax burn softly as clients rest on organic linens. Organic goods ensconce guests at every level—from organic oils and lotions applied during the massage to a stock of organic tea in the waiting room.
After working for years alongside chiropractors, Yvonne Street considers herself an expert at relieving the chronic aches and pains that result from injuries and constant stress. The certified therapist specializes in five massage modalities—Swedish, shiatsu, deep-tissue, prenatal, and trigger-point therapy—and draws liberally on Eastern and Western techniques to craft bodywork treatments that suit her clients’ individual needs. In 60- or 90-minute sessions, she combines long, gliding strokes, pinpointed kneads, and relaxing prods to leave bodies loose enough to help a genie move into its apartment.:m]]