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.
Christine Secrest, esthetician
Christine has over 20 years of experience as a skin care specialist. Trained and certified in Europe and in the United States, her experience ranges from luxury spas to prestigious plastic surgeons and medical grade acne clinics. She is passionate about skin care science and product ingredients, which led her to specialize in cutting edge treatments in aging, acne, hyperpigmentation and sophisticated peels.
Working from a platform of gratitude, Christine is pleased to be able to help people achieve clear skin and renew their self confidence.
Christine has maintained a solid private practice while providing pro bono services for cancer patients and people with autoimmune disease.
Natalie Bigelow, front desk/manager
Natalie has been filling the front desk position since late November of 2015. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz and lifelong East Bay native, Natalie is excited to have the opportunity to get to know the worlds of San Francisco and skin care better.