Experience Salon owner and 20-year industry veteran Melodie Mischel helms a team of stylists, aestheticians, and technicians, each of whom draws on at least 10 years of experience to dote on discriminating style-seekers. Skilled aestheticians pamper skin with soothing treatments that employ Éminence products handcrafted in Hungary from organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Shears generate a symphony of clips and chops as stylists cut hair and crush frizzy rebellions with a host of Aveda products. The salon’s expansive plate-glass windows open up to the bustling heart of old Sausalito, which patrons can gaze upon as nail-care technicians adorn their talons with well-sculpted coverings. A talented team of massage therapists applies soothing strokes to counteract cramps accrued while napping in office-supply closets.
A member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, Deborah Barrolaza prides herself on adding a lifelong glow to her patients' faces via permanent-makeup application. She applies color to the eyes and lips, and can shape eyebrows so clients never look shocked no matter how many times they walk in on their parents reading Twilight. She also offers camouflage treatments as an option for those who wish to hide scars or alter previous cosmetic makeup.
Bayview Salon’s golden-yellow digs, accented by dark shoji screens, set the scene for beauty transformations. The staff specializes in a slew of treatments, including hairstyling, waxing, and skincare. They maintain a selection of more than 100 nail-polish colors for customers to choose from when they request manicures or pedicures, which take place in plush leather spa chairs.
High 5 Salon is a full-service hair and nail salon, specializing in hair color and nail services. Testifying to their expertise in the latter, rave reviews on Yelp praise their French and shellac manicures, to say nothing of the appreciation expressed for the salon's cushy leather massage pedicure chairs. A full range of OPI and Essie nail polishes line the walls, and the licensed aestheticians on staff offer classic manicure and pedicure services with luxurious twists, such as foot massages and scented scrubs to make skin silky and smooth.
When it comes to hair, the salon's stylists call on Redken and Wella products. They use these—along with, in some cases, two decades of experience—to splash color onto hair or touch up one of the elegant abstract oil paintings that hang on the walls. In addition to cutting hair, the team also offers eyebrow waxing.
After stints cutting hair in London and Hawaii, Kay now shuttles between three Bay Area salons to create alluring 'dos using knowledge garnered from 25 years of strand-snipping. Her menu of hair services includes cuts for ladies and gentlemen along with tints and highlights for neglected coloring books. Clients can come to Kay for a desired look or indulge tresses in her personal specialty, sculpting long layers and festooning locks with highlights that appear to be brightened by sunrays and highly coveted Halley's Comet rays.
Trio Salon offers traditional haircuts and coloring services alongside European facials and microdermabrasion. The salon also helps to kick-start the next generation of style with a children's service menu of scaled-down hairstyles and manicure treatments. During nail services, technicians add dynamic color to freshly buffed keratin with a full palette of polishes, or for an additional fee, CND shellac applications that remain chip-free for weeks. And for holistic care, the onsite massage therapist can supplement any service with a neck and shoulder massage or dole out a full Swedish or shiatsu bodywork treatment to anyone who’s sore from climbing the corporate ladder at the ladder factory.