Berkeley >Beauty > Argania Salon De' Beaute
1801 Martin Luther King jr, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9470937.874097 -122.273173
By appointment only
Neighborhoods: North Berkeley
Love it! – I adore this salon! My skin immediately felt amazing, more than it had ever been after I had my facial with Miriam. I have to say, she is definitely the best esthetician I've ever had. I haven't had any breakouts for more than a month, and it's usual for me to get them at least once a week. Miriam helped me find the perfect skin cleansers and toners (I believe the brand name is Pevonia?) and I've been using it since I got it from her. I've got to say, it's the first skin solution that's ever worked for me. I tried proactiv before and it didn't work at all for my skin, but once Miriam helped me find this solution my skin has never looked better. I highly recommend Argania! :)
Argaia Salon De Beaute – I was a client of Mrs. Bentz (Monica) during several days of visits over the holidays 2007. As a gift, I was given quite a number of services. I was immediately impressed by Monica's beautiful engaging smile and non-invasive, yet personable, demeanor. She made me feel right at home. Her conversation was either educating or lightly appropriate and never made me feel as if I were being asked for a 30 minute review of my life, like so many cosmetologists, or masseuse do. There was clear evidence that Monica was focused on my needs, desires and comforts, so that she could provide me with a truly memorable experience. I find this to be the consummate professional and greatly appreciate finding a service provider with this attitude level.
Another very satisfying aspect to my visit was the way Monica showed tremendous skill and knowledge of her craft. This is the absolute hook that keeps me coming back time and time again. After hearing my needs & wants and taking an assessment of my skin and health, she was able to create several custom treatments for me, which made my skin feel and look better than I had ever seen it AND; she did this using fresh all natural ingredients, something that is very important to me.
One of my services was what I like to refer to as a "full body" waxing. I had everything except my head and back waxed. I was extremely anxious about the Brazilian portion of the waxings, but again, Monica was such a professional that my fears and tremblings faded right away. I should add that this was the first time I experienced waxing without skin irritation and issues.
I highly recommend Monica to anyone and I fully intend to frequent her services, indefinitely. I have never had a better esthetician, or cosmetologist. I have been to many high service salons, but none have given me the level of service and professionalism that Monica provided. If you visit her, I am sure you will be hooked too. Ask for an organic fruit mask!
Definitely going back! – I had a massage with Diana yesterday and I am hooked! I have had a decent amount of massages in my life, but she did things that no one else has ever done before. Maybe its because she was trained in Russia. Anyway I felt very relaxed and refreshed and I think she fixed my foot problem that I have had for over a year now. I went to an orthopedic surgeon because of a bone that was out of place, but he said the best thing to do was to take an anti-inflamatory that ended up making me have a major psoriasis attack. Yesterday Diana worked that bone back in place and my foot has not felt this good in a very long time. I would definitely recommend her, especially if you like deep tissue massage (I dont, but she was very caring to ask how the pressure was and adjusted accordingly). Thanks Diana!
sweet sweet charolette – I've been getting facials for years and I have to say Charolette is the BEST!!! I have very acne prone skin and have struggled with it for years. Nothing makes me feel better about my appearence than a visit to Charolette. She does an amazing job of extracting all the crazy build up and as a result my skin is much smoother and I break out far, far less. Facials aren't magic, but in Charolettes hands you'll swear she's a magician.
A hidden gem – This is a lovely, very cozy and clean space. Lots of beautiful touches (good music, calm atmosphere, comfortable furnishings). I see Charlotte for facials, lash tinting, waxing. Did I mention that she has massage training? Well she has the hands of an angel! With my facial she always gives me the most amazing neck massage(uh oh---now everyone's going to want one!).
Ever since I started having these facials done the quality of my skin has improved. I'm fair-skinned, super sensitive with issues like eczema and roseacea that pop up from time to time but now my skin is completely calm, has been for months. I've never had any kind of allergic reaction to any of their products...and that's unusual! But more importantly, I feel relaxed and beautiful when I leave. Now that's money well spent!
A Relaxing Day at the Spa – I was feeling very stressed. I decided to do a full day at Argania. I had a manicure, pedicure, facial, and massage. The staff was extremely accomodating and professional. I have visited other spas in the past, and felt that I had to wait for each treatment to begin. There was never a point in my day at Argania that I felt even a hint of stress. I left Argania feeling very relaxed and beautiful!
Highly recommended – I have been going to different spas in the bay area and by far Argania is now on top of my list. The owner is really nice and the staff are friendly. I had a facial and a massage and they were incredible. I highly recommend Argania for their facial and massage.
Great! – Out of all the spas i've been to in my life, argania was the best. The spa is a very relaxing one, relaxing music in every room. I got a massage, it really helped my back pain.
The owner was very nice, too. She was very well mannered (and i think that she comes from France because of her accent!). And i also got a pedicure, and the pedicurist/manicurist was very nice, too.
I will definatley go to Argania, again.
I will go to Argania again – I was pretty impressed with this place when I walked in for the first time. I had a European Facial,the facialist (sorry I forgot the name, she had a french accent) suggested the treatments that would fit me better.My skin was so clean and refreshed, the extractions weren't that painful . She spent a long time massaging my face and my shoulders. I felt in heaven! There was no pushing on products but I had some great reccomendations.(actually, I bought some products which my skin loves!) It is not a very big place but the facial I received felt wonderful. Believe me, I have been receiving facials for almost 20 years, and I am a hard one to please in general... I would go back to Argania again and again!
the wax was worse than shaving – I went to Argania for my first full-leg wax ever, on the strength of the recommendations here. Be forewarned that the owner is *not* the only waxer there. The owner might be the best ever, but I had a girl who didn't seem to have been waxing all that long, and she left me with more broken hairs and stubble than I would have had from shaving. Plus she was in a rush because they'd booked another client too soon after me. All in all, kind of a disappointing introduction to waxing.
First of all, I am really sorry to hear that you've been disappointed by your waxing experience at Argania. 100% satisfaction garanty is our mission when providing service to our customer. In the case you would have called us, I am sure that after the explanation you gave
(based on this review) any good esthetician is able to understand that, because it was your first waxing, your skin won't feel completely smooth, especially if you've been shaving before. When a person starts waxing, they notice over a period of time, that hairs become more sparse and easy to remove. Even so,many people never achieve a feeling of smoothness after waxing over years due to different factors (particular coarsness of hair, hormones, etc...)Still, many find it more beneficial over shaving due to many other factors (waxing last longer, less irritation, reduction in overall hair). If you would like to come for a replacement service ( waxing) , we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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