Internationally trained stylist and makeup artist Sonal Pandya lives her dream of beautifying “anyone with hair and skin” with techniques culled from the Far East. Her approach to beauty is a blend of creativity with an eye for detail developed during 22 years of experience. She demonstrates her perfectionism through intricate patterns of henna body artwork and precision threading, which sharpens eyebrows without the use of chemicals or inflicting near-sightedness. Sonal also preps brides for their big day with makeup applications and hairstyles that twist and layer locks into Escher-esque updos adorned with decorative beads and stones.
Overhead lights from Alexander’s high ceilings cast a glow on marshmallow-white floor tiles and cozy leather furniture. Amid these warm accents, skilled stylist Jordan Fahed draws on more than 25 years of experience to chisel flattering layers and splash strands with bold highlights. But the 10,000-square-foot salon is about more than just hair. After clients indulge their senses with a facial, massage, or waxing service, they’re free to grab a bite in the café or peruse the salon’s extensive clothing and accessory boutique.
With locations in San Ramon and Lafayette, internationally recognized Itrim helps members lose weight quickly and keep it off by combining healthy meal plans with a specialized exercise center. Unlike other weight-loss programs that stop when clients have reached their goal, Itrim recognizes that most people still need guidance when it comes to maintaining their svelte figures. So their health coaches and staff take the time to provide hands-on support and give members tips for incorporating healthy eating and exercise into their daily routine. By following these tips and the rest of the program, Itrim says members can lose an average of 25 pounds in the first 12 weeks.
Marla of Skin Diva Esthetics is an aesthetician, massage therapist, and graduate of the Southern California University of Health Sciences, where she earned her doctor of chiropractic degree. She uses her wide-ranging skill set to coddle and beautify her clients through services such as massage, microdermabrasion, galvanic facial treatments, and packages bundling a variety of treatments. Dr. Marla also can render pumpkin-enzyme facials, either for you or your jack-o'-lantern.
Within the airy, well-lit confines of Kallisto Salon & Spa, stylist Donna Hanson transforms coifs with precision cuts and color treatments. She draws on training from Vidal Sassoon, along with a specialty in hair color, to imbue strands with vibrant tones or smatterings of highlights.