As clients nestle into Lavender Nails' plush leather spa chairs, technicians get busy grooming and polishing their every digit. In addition to manicures and pedicures, the techs can create sleek, eye-catching nail art designs sure to impress any onlookers or hand model agents in the vicinity.
In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure.
Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.
For more than 100 years, Moler Barber College has trained students in the art of cutting hair. The school provides clients with inexpensive haircuts, all of which are performed by the hands of student barbers-in-training. Fades, lines, and tapers are available at the Oakland location Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m, and at the San Pablo location Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The sound of gentle rainfall and the warm flicker of candlelight create a peaceful environment inside the treatment room at Total Relaxation Massage, where certified massage therapist Christine Sookoo works to soothe pain and stress. Visitors relax on a heated bed while she kneads their muscles with warm oils, loosening tissues and dissipating tension. Also a certified hypnotist, Sookoo conducts hypnotism sessions and energy work.