Nina and Sonny oversee a popular set of pedicure chairs at Bayview Salon. The husband-and-wife team began working together 22 years ago, when Sonny left his job in technology and decided to pursue a more personable profession. He learned his trade fast, and when he talks about life in the salon it’s with an infectious enthusiasm. “I like the social life. I come and talk and do nails for the ladies.”
Sonny's colorful personality is matched only by CND Shellac, OPI, and Gelish polishes that make up the salon's collection, which is more than 180 shades strong. He and his wife beautify and polish acrylic, natural, and stainless-steel nails to a mirror-like finish and can even leave fingers extra fancy with silk-wrap nails or Sonny's signature French fills. Their services don’t skimp on the extras, either: shiatsu-massage chairs knead tension from backs during pedicures, which may also include detoxifying green-clay masks, hot-stone massages, and skin-softening lemon-sugar scrubs.
Though the exterior of Alfons Skin Care?a European Tudor?style house?gives the appearance of a modest country home, the services provided within the two-decade-old spa are anything but quaint. Inside two private treatment rooms, aestheticians armed with Pevonia, Reviderm, and Jan Marini products cleanse and hydrate complexions with a combination of Mediterranean techniques and European facial treatments. Ladies select from five facial options, each accompanied by an enzyme exfoliation and customized mask. They also do eyelash extensions and undergo Clarisonic Opal eye and lip treatments.
As with locker rooms and Olympic egg-carton stomping, men have their own domain; they can indulge in a soothing scalp massage or facial-hair tinting for beards that have gone gray. But both parties can benefit from body waxing?which uses sugar, creamy lavender, and green hard wax?as well as such advanced med-spa services as Dr. Lam Probe Therapy, which removes skin tags and thread veins using radio and high-frequency technology.
A peek through Elements Salon's floor-to-ceiling window reveals an airy salon in which light-colored walls accent a smooth hardwood ceiling. This casual atmosphere carries over into the styling chairs, where natural sunlight spotlights shears as they craft styles as up-to-date as a clairvoyant's roulette bet. From traditional haircuts to skin treatments for the face and body, the team members help ensure glamorous results with products from Tru and the high-end, Italian-born Davines haircare line.
There's a party every weekend at Heroes and Hairoines. People chat between sips of wine, beer, and mimosas, and when they leave, they walk out with chic new hairstyles and nail designs. Located in the heart of San Rafael, Heroes and Hairoines greets its clients with comforts well beyond the complimentary drinks at other salons, day spas, and best-host competitions. All someone needs to do is step up to the blow-dry or waxing bar or one of several salon chairs.
As a René Furterer flagship salon, Heroes and Hairoines relies on the Parisian haircare line of natural products as well as additional treatments from the likes of Bumble and bumble., Aveda, or Kérastase—whatever is required to create looks worthy of gracing the cover of a fashion magazine. Men's grooming services are also in the team's stylish wheelhouse, as are hot-stone massages and aesthetic treatments. Aestheticians can administer facials, wax the face and body, and sculpt nails during mani-pedis.
The professionals at Leaf Beauty Salon have been beautifying and pampering customers for more than a decade. Eyelash extensions and nail services are the shop's specialty. When it comes to nails, the seasoned techs are just as adept at caring for natural nails as they are applying silk wraps, gel sets, or glitter tips. Signature mani-pedis, meanwhile, are a truly luxurious experience as hands and feet are treated to soothing soaks with flower petals, sugar scrubs, moisturizing treatments, and even minty masks. As for eyes, the shop offers several different types of extensions, including individual ones made from silk, and can further enhance each eye's allure with eyelash perms, eyelash tints, and and eyelash blowouts.
For 15 years, Loann Mai has transformed clients? hair from familiar dos into breathtaking new styles with her precise, professional cuts. In addition to her deft work with the shears, she is also a certified colorist, with skills honed using professional-grade Italian color treatments inspired by the beautiful locks of Galileo.