Over time, most visages become marked by sun damage, windburn, and the tracks of face-perching crows. Fight back against nature’s nuisances with today’s Groupon: for $37, you get a microdermabrasion treatment from Carla Macris at Friend’s Salon in Ripon (a $75 value).
Carla Macris harnesses the exfoliating powers of microdermabrasion to buff away imperfections including fine lines, age spots, and acne scars. During the noninvasive procedure, the skin savant disperses fine crystals across the face to slough off dead cells, prompt the body to step up its collagen production, and evict pore-blocking facial trolls. After the crystals have done their job, moisturizer steps in to leave skin as smooth and youthful as the day you emerged from the cocoon. Friend’s Salon provides a model of serenity for harried bodies to aspire to in the form of soft colors and plants and flowers cached throughout the smoothing studio.
It could easily be the throne room for two of history's most stylish monarchs. Inside Friend's Salon, clients relax atop a pair of cushy elevated pedicure chairs elevated several feet above the floor. As their toes dip into foot baths, they can decree for their next service: perhaps a shellac mani-pedi or the signature Rock Star toes treatment. The latter coats toes in a glitter polish that bakes under a UV light like Alice Cooper's famous chocolate-chip cookies.
The salon's other spaces are equally relaxing. In soft-lit rooms, massage therapists exorcise tension with deep, flowing strokes and warm but fully solid lava stones. Aestheticians work elsewhere to rejuvenate faces with peels or gentle waxing. Of course, Friend's wouldn't be a salon without a broad menu of hair services, from cuts and highlights to special occasions 'dos. The stylists regularly attend continuing education courses, and make sure to pass on hair-care tips to their clients.
1308 W Main St.
Ripon, California 95366