A stress-free oasis in the heart of downtown Turlock, Blown Away Salon & Spa offers a relaxing counterpoint to the bustling activity just outside its doors. Though long considered a gem by locals, the all-purpose salon and spa can also claim a few out-of-town fans: as recently as May 2013, Joan Rivers dropped in for a manicure and style before her standup show at the nearby Turlock Community Theatre.
In spite of its growing popularity, Blown Away maintains a serene, low-key atmosphere punctuated only by animated chatter and the clipping of shears. The salon?s styling services range from feather extensions to formaldehyde-free Bio Ionic KeraSmooth treatments, which leave strands sleek and straight for months to come. On the other side of the expansive studio, nail technicians highlight digits with vibrant colors, and aestheticians tend to skin with exfoliating chemical peels. A visit to the spa?s resident massage therapist completes the cycle of relaxation as deep-tissue massages work against the muscle grain with firm pressure, and sports massages break up knots of tension with well-placed fastballs and slap shots.
When it comes to making people look and feel beautiful, there's little the team at A Beautiful Reflection can't do. Owner Kerry Corduck has amassed a staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, hair stylists, and nail technicians, and Kelly herself is an eye-brow and makeup artist and a specialist in custom facials and microdermabrasion. That talent of the staff is matched by the quality tools and products they rely on, including skin care products by Dermalogica, mineral makeup by Youngblood, and an all-natural spray tan formula by Bronze Biologic. Of course, sometimes it's not the treatments themselves, but the little extras that make clients feel special. And so, A Beautiful Reflection also plans beauty-themed parties, including makeovers for weddings, proms, and traffic court appearances, and kids' parties that include mani-pedis, punch, and cake and cupcakes.
A licensed cosmetologist and second-degree black belt, owner Suprena Clark divides her time between styling hair and leading self-defense classes inside Fusion Studios' full-size mixed-martial-arts ring. While her staff of cosmetologists groom heads and tattoo artists ornament bodies, Suprena often leads Zumba and martial-arts classes inside the ring, which takes up about half the studio's space. When she isn't teaching others how to perform ax kicks, Suprena spends her time behind a styling chair, chopping off dead ends and punching up hairdos with splashes of color.
Rumor has it that stylist Leticia Visarraga was born with a comb in her hand. It wouldn't be a surprise given her precision when cutting and coloring hair. Nestled in her cozy Allure Salon chair, clients can seek everything from a simple bang trim to a comprehensive styling package complete with conditioning, layers, and specialty color processes such as purple and black ombre highlights.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Even though nail art has been trendy for a couple years now, it can still be hard to find a nail technician who can do more than just a very basic design. Nails By Rashel's eponymous owner isn't one of those technicians. She specializes in elaborate, eye-catching designs, transforming nails with everything from glitter to rhinestones. Whether she's drawing a teeny black bow or coating nails in a bright gel polish?which stays chip-free for up to 14 days?Rashel helps clients express their personality in a subtle way, unlike shouting their online dating profile through a megaphone. She performs all of her services inside the Polished Nail Boutique.