GS Hair owner Greg Saumure is so particular about who he hires that he created The Cut Test, a trial by scissors that challenges prospective stylists to execute five different haircut styles as well as demonstrate mastery in coloring tresses. The result is a staff of Paul Mitchell? and Vidal Sassoon?educated stylists with such extensive knowledge that they can cut a trendy bob while blindfolded with a writhing koala. These stylists work their mane magic across a 3,000-square-foot space complete with 20 hair stations, ergonomically designed shampoo bowls, and even a mani-pedi lounge.
Nestled inside Salons Within's Carmichael studio, expert aesthetician Patsy Farrar employs techniques perfected over more than 25 years as she coddles skin and brows. Customized facials alleviate epidermal woes with cleansers and other professional-grade products, microdermabrasions banish dead skin cells to cleanse and brighten complexions, and photorejuvenations refresh faces with compliments shouted by a nearby paparazzo. Patsy also shapes brows with precisely placed layers of wax and highlights favorite strands and eyelashes with alluring tints.
The seasoned waxing techs at Chez Nazee deftly evict unwelcome body hair. A 20- to 30-minute Brazilian wax fully eradicates strands that sprout or migrate to the nether region. An eyebrow wax tidies asymmetrical brow lines, and a lip wax removes undesired fuzz and computer-pie crumbs from the lip area. With waxing, you avoid razor burn and painful cuts. Plus, hairs don’t grow back for two to six weeks, making it more effective than fire or wishing.
Taken out of their comfort zones, pets can become anxious and stressed, especially when it comes to grooming. That’s why the staffers at Dog & Cats Mobile Pet Grooming bring their shears, clippers, and cleaners directly to their clients’ homes, letting dogs and cats feel safe and relaxed during their grooming sessions. They accommodate furry companions of all breeds and sizes, bathing them before clipping their nails, cleaning their ears, and trimming their fur into breed-appropriate styles. They then clean pets’ ears, express their glands, and even brush their teeth, ensuring that their breath is fresher than the morning dew on a mountaintop free of wet dogs.
Crazy for Yogurt lives up to its name by offering 10 flavors of self-serve yogurt that customers jazz up with more than 80 fruit, candy, and nut toppings. They also have a selection of fresh-fruit smoothies and shakes that chefs whip up onsite, rather than outsourcing the task to a generic food-production factory or unreliable polar bears.
Once upon a time, Swanson's Cleaners technicians would begin their days by firing up irons, stirring starches, and strapping on roller skates. The business was once one of the largest dry-cleaning facilities west of the Mississippi, the epicenter of Salvin Swanson's vast dry-cleaning empire—an empire packed with Sacramento's laundry, even the chain mail of its knights. To get the job of all this weighty laundry done, staffers needed their own wheels, plus wheels for their hampers.
Now helmed by the third generation of Swansons, the business has grown to 15 locations. In these locations, the team launders and dry-cleans garments with the eco-friendly Revive system, which uses a gentle, odorless, and antibacterial solution made from organic ingredients. Ever mindful of the earth and the community, Swanson's Cleaners recycles its hangers and plastic bags and has collected more than 27,000 coats for local children in need through its Coats for Kids program.