Best of Marin County 2019: Beauty
Whether it's nails, skin, hair or just a pampering, Marin County offers plenty of beauty options. Here are our reader's choices:
BEST COSMETIC DERMATOLOGIST
The bay views and peaceful office are sweet, while the art of blending medical and cosmetic treatments like Botox, fillers and body contouring in a customized way for each patient is the hallmark of this Sausalito practice. Expect thorough and considerate care from real doctors.
This Tiburon wellness spa is widely recognized for personal attention to every client’s needs. Not only does Claiborne have her eponymous institute for teaching Hungarian skin care techniques, she also just launched a pre- and post-operative product line and services. Read more about Eva here.
Open since 2004, this quiet spot in Mill Valley’s bustling Strawberry Village at first seems an unlikely place to truly unwind. But step past the heavy door to experience a sensory transformation, with treatments like the Heavenly Foot Massage, Raindrop Ritual Massage and Tension Tamer Massage. The small locker room belies the high-quality professional approach of the male and female bodyworkers who will calm and relieve your knottiest aches in no time flat.
BEST MED SPA
Dr. Faye Jamali and her clinical staff in Mill Valley stay ahead of the curve with injectable techniques and other services to enhance your natural assets. The procedures, like Vivace Microneedling with Radio Frequency and PDO Threadlift, performed by Jamali, provide a boost of well- being and naturally beautiful results.
BEST MEN’S HAIRCUT/SALON SERVICES
Drawing Room Marin
Maybe it’s the comfy chairs while you wait for your turn at this petite Larkspur salon. Or the warm welcome from the staff. But we bet it’s the standing appointments for $60 and the stylists’ skill with the scissors that nabbed the guys’ votes. 415.924.8400
BEST NAIL SALON
Fingers and Toes, Faces and Places
With locations in Mill Valley, Greenbrae and San Rafael, this home- grown mini-empire sets the standard for efficient manicures and pedi- cures with tea service for you, fresh lemon and herbs for your footbath, and enough mini-fans to get you out the door in under an hour. 415.383.7534 (Mill Valley); 415.464.9999 (Greenbrae); 415.492.9000 (San Rafael)
The pristine white walls and pinewood floors frame a calm space on the top level of Larkspur’s Marin Country Mart. Fans come to grab a steam, chill in the lounge or on the deck overlooking the ferry terminal before or after one of the many massage options (Thai, hot stone, signature massage). This original location, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, started the IO tradition and even offers curative facials.
BEST WOMEN’S HAIRCUT/SALON SERVICES
Walking through the home store to the salon gives a clue that things are different here, comfortable and intimate with just the right amount of Christopher Downs’ New York edge. This full-service salon with locations in Mill Valley and Tiburon offers cuts, color, keratin treatments, blowouts and soon, lash extensions. Read more about Christopher’s.