Best of the County and Beyond 2021: Beauty

With everyone out from lockdown and in the summer sunshine, looking beautiful if more important than ever. Here’s where our readers go when they want to look their best.

Best Spa

Marin: Turning Point, Mill Valley

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Laurence McKee runs a French-inflected spa with a gentle touch and a holistic approach, thanks to her experience with Ayurvedic treatments.

Bay Area: Osmosis, Freestone

Runners Up

Marin: International Orange, Larkspur


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Bay Area: Indian Springs, Calistoga

Best Med Spa

Marin: Belle Marin Aesthetic Medicine, Mill Valley

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Dr. Faye Jamali’s injectable techniques enhance your natural assets, and the salon vibe provides a boost of well-being wrapped in a cocoon of welcoming beauty.

Bay Area: Plastic Surgery Specialists Med Spa, multiple locations

Runners Up

Marin: Marin Medical Aesthetics, San Rafael

Bay Area: Morpheus Med Spa, Larkspur and Santa Rosa


Best Women’s Haircut/Salon Services

Marin: The Current, San Anselmo

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Co-owners Stephanie Fimbres and Jenna Thomas have a knack for delivering just what Marin women and girls want from their cut, color and blonding services.

Bay Area: Sugar, Petaluma

Runners Up

Marin: AP Luxe Salon, Mill Valley

Bay Area: John Velasquez Salon, San Francisco


Best Men’s Haircut/Salon Services

Marin: The Current, San Anselmo

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Though the team mostly cuts and styles hair for women, their enthusiasm for their craft carries over to men, as evidenced by the many votes they received for cutting men’s hair.

Bay Area: Barber Lane, Larkspur & San Francisco

Runners Up

Marin: Xclusive Club Barbershop, San Rafael

Bay Area: Fahrenheit Salon, San Francisco


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Best Facial

Marin: Eva Claiborne Beauty & Wellness, Tiburon

Master aesthetician Claiborne runs an eponymous institute teaching Hungarian skin care techniques and is well-regarded for her pre- and post-operative skincare services.

Bay Area: Envie Skin & Body, multiple locations

Runners Up

Marin: EVO Spa, Mill Valley


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Bay Area: Skin Spirit, multiple locations


Best Massage

Marin: Bodywise Massage, San Rafael

Offering indoor and outdoor massage with an intuitive touch from all practitioners, in addition to massage at home — these are just a few of their updated services.

Bay Area: Watercourse Way Bathhouse Spa, Palo Alto

Runners Up

Marin: Resonance Spa, Corte Madera

Bay Area: Elements Massage, multiple locations


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Best Nail Salon

Marin: Annie’s Nails, San Rafael

With a staff that understands how chatty (or not) you are, hygienic tools and attention to detail, this salon in a quiet part of the West End is a reader favorite.

Bay Area: Polish Nail and Beauty Spa, San Francisco

Runners Up

Marin: NJ Nails Spa, Novato

Bay Area: Cuticles Nail Spa, Oakland


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Best Cosmetic Dermatologist

Marin: Mill Valley Dermatology, Dr. Haydee Knott, Mill Valley

Driven by putting relationships over production, this dermatologist leans into personal care for all of your skin’s needs.

Bay Area: Kathy Fields, MD, San Francisco


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Runners Up

Marin: Laub Dermatology & Aesthetics Dr. Laub, Mill Valley


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Bay Area: Dermatology medical group, Dr. Megin Scully, San Francisco

Visit our Best of the County winners page for more.

Christina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.s the Assistant Editor at Marin Magazine and a graduate of Elon University where she studied Professional Writing and Fine Art. Born and raised in San Francisco/Marin, she loves traveling just as much as coming home to the Bay Area. She has curated a sophisticated palate for food, travel and culture and uses her travels as an outlet to develop her photography portfolio and hone her writing craft.