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.
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.
Equipped with 25 years of international experience, Jon Paul rejuvenates visages with anti-aging glycolic peels or hydrating natural-enzyme facials. Epidermal layers bask under the intensive glycolic treatment, a chemical peel that saturates skin to help whisk away wrinkles loitering around eyes, mouths, and cheekbone arcades. By shucking off superficial dead cells, the resurfacing peel can smooth irregularities in skinscapes, minimizing age spots, blotchiness, or freckles configured as unpopular constellations. Taking a gentler route, the natural-enzyme facial buffs cheeks with exfoliating fruit enzymes before opening clogged pores with antioxidants and hydrating agents for an irritation-free deep cleansing.
The Ranch Salons are a laid-back haircutting operation, focusing on clipping hair in a comfortable, living room-like setting. Before appointments, clients can sip coffee or soda at both spots, and at the Greenbrae location shoot through a game of pool played out next to the glow of the salon's flat-screen TV. This deal's included shampoo works a lustrous lather over the scalp, and a conditioning treatment moisturizes locks of hair with natural tea oils. Those who opt for the gray-hair camouflage should expect to spend 90 minutes inside the salon, eliminating large gray spots and emerging with peppered hair for an informal morning of testing Lone Ranger impersonations in the bathroom mirror.