At Trendy Nails, pink curtains cascade between plush pedicure thrones, lending clients a bit of personal space as nail technicians fuss about their feet with masks and files. Warm footbaths kick off the treatments. Technicians attend to fingers and toes with laser-like focus as they shape the nails, treat the cuticles, massage knots from hands and feet, and dress digits with striking polish.
Flanked by bright-red walls, stylist Jillian Marker trims and transforms hair, adds depth with color, or infuses dry locks with hydration. Alongside Jillian, the savvy styling staff at Vanity Chair Beauty Salon inspires outer beauty with a gamut of salon and facial services. Aesthetician Alexie Rae Francisco-Siu tends to skin surfaces with facials that brighten tones and correct imperfections. Amid the soothing sage colors of the spa room, a waxing wrangler can lift away unwanted hair, shape brows, or remove improperly placed googly eyes.
At Cutting Loose Hair Studio, seasoned stylists furbish locks with flattering haircuts, bold colors, and products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Sexy Hair. Each cut begins with a consultation, in which the stylist tailors a look to suit the client’s facial features, hair type, and bearskin-rug collection; during the hair-scattering session, stylists even demonstrate how to re-create the new style at home. Trained by Redken’s color educators, the hairdressers can also help clients select new hues to subdue grays and accentuate each lock's loveliest thoughts. All-over color swathes the entire mane in a bold new shade, and partial highlights illuminate the strands with the highest SAT scores.
Staffers at Sun City Tanning stock private rooms with state-of-the-art tanning beds and UV-free spray tanning booths that quickly impart clients with a sunless sun-kissed look. They consult with clients to plot plans of action, directing newcomers to gentler beds to build base tans, veterans to powerful beds that rapidly deepen tones, and geckos to dry rocks. UV-free spray tans quickly lend wintry skin a summertime sheen, and leg-tanning beds help slow-to-tan limbs catch up to neighboring skin tones.
I have been going to Michelle for 10 years and she has kept my hair very healthy which is extremely important for black haircare. Michelle is a dedicated beautician who understands her craft and the importance of keeping her clientele happy with her unmeasurable customer service. I never sit in her shop more than two which
Nails Forever owner DJ West bounded into beauty school at the tender age of 16, and by age 18, she had her license, a job, and a dream that would lead her to San Francisco. There, her skills were sharpened in salons studding Union Square and Polk Street. Her desire to open her own salon brought her back to Contra Costa County, where she's been keeping fingertips looking tip-top since 1981. Her passion for painting and fine art is reflected in her hand-based handiwork, which often includes one-of-a-kind looks ranging from leopard-print nails to bejeweled holiday designs, and she's won no fewer than five trophies at nail-design competitions. She also specializes in Shellac application and excels in acrylic extensions, which typically hold up better than the old-fashioned wooden kind.
Whenever new clients enter Renew Face & Body Wellness, owner Penny Christie greets them with a smile and then just listens. It's only after she fully understands their goals that the aesthetician and massage therapist starts to work on a custom plan for treatment, which might incorporate facials or massage modalities such as hot stone. A certified prenatal therapist and mother of five, Christie also designs facials and massages for expectant mothers, which address many of the changes in the skin and body that can accompany pregnancy. During the A Star Is Born prenatal massage, her signature treatment, she kneads sore muscles and loose joints as clients lie face-down on a special table that supports the baby and all of his or her prenatal furniture.