Our Story

Skin City was founded by the present owner, Brigitta Melendy, in July 1995. The business location has always been at 323 Divisadero Street in the heart of San Francisco. Through the continued service-oriented efforts of the staff, the salon maintains a client base of several hundred regulars– some of whom have been clients since opening in 1995! Many of these loyal clients are now also considered friends.

 Skin City is known not only as a skin care salon, but also as a neighborhood supporter of various community events. It is a way of giving back to a community that has allowed the salon to flourish.


Brigitta Melendy, owner and esthetician


Brigitta, a native San Franciscan, is a lifelong enthusiast of living her best life. An esthetician since 1993, she discovered her desire to be self-employed soon after receiving her state license.  Ms. Melendy developed a passion for wellness and furthered her education of cosmetic ingredients, its applications and holistic health practices.  To achieve the best results in skincare, she developed her own skin care line, known as Bright Blends.  After 2 decades of running Skin City and providing quality skincare, she realized there was more she could offer.  

Since the founding of Skin City in 1995, her focus has evolved beyond skin care to becoming an advocate for the underserved by supporting local childcare centers, children’s schools, and battered women’s shelters.  Her latest partnership with the UCSF Gynecological Oncology Center, has afforded her the opportunity to provide pro bono services for patients undergoing cancer treatments.

As a public speaker, Brigitta has donated time to various organizations speaking about being a business owner. It’s her genuine desire to share her knowledge and expert resources with women wanting to start a business, grow their business or simply live their best lives. She has been recognized as a woman business leader who has achieved excellence in her professional and personal life.


Makaela Rios-O'Leary, esthetician


Our sugaring expertMacaela is a  native to San Franciscan and has been an aesthetician for 2 years. Growing up and struggling with acne Micaela understands the journey to healthy glowing skin. She is dedicated to educating her clients and delivering result driven facials to ensure her clients look and feel their best by maintaining beautiful healthy skin for life! Having been blessed with lots of hair for great brows, and hair everywhere else, naturally Micaela realized she had a passion for hair removal ! An advocate for sugaring, she prides herself in giving a fast, almost painless Brazilian, guaranteed to get every single hair for a smooth result!   Mikaela will show you the 'sweeter' side to smooth skin.  




Esther Kelly, esthetician

Esther Kelly graduated from the Cinta Aveda Institute of San Francisco in 2009. Constantly continuing her education, she is always finding and testing the newest breakthroughs in the skin care industry. Her philosophy is to create a skin care regimen specific to each client, this way all professional treatments become more effective.

She specializes in adult acne and anti-aging facials, understanding the science behind the aging process of the skin as well as the choreographed techniques involved with treating different skin types. 

Esther is currently pursuing her Barbering license just down the street at J.P. Kempt. 

“I like to get to know each client, their lifestyles and beauty regimens, This way I can give the best treatment as well as educate the guest about at home care to extend the treatments effectiveness.”

Esther will be available from 10-7 on Thursdays for skincare and waxing.