The experienced nail nurturers at Harmony Spa adorn fingertips with Essie and OPI polish in a fresh, clean space with a lemony yellow glow. After buffing and shaping, the gel manicure shields nails with a color coat that outlasts traditional nail polish and most middle-school relationships. During the pedicure, clients unwind in the spa's reclining chairs, which massage the backside from neck to thighs. The massaging chairs also boast an audio port for plugging in an iPod or 8-track machine.
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.
Eyelashes crafted from synthetic material or mink fur find their place on the faces of Bliss Esthetics' clients. Aestheticians' steady hands apply lashes one at a time to bulk up existing fringe and help firefighters extinguish small fires. Though they specialize in revamping eyes, the squad of aestheticians also refurbishes faces with microdermabrasions, eyebrow waxes, and permanent eyeliner applications.
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.
At Hibiscus Boutique Spa, clients’ relaxation begins before their appointments, with soft music playing in the lobby where a fountain gently bubbles. Each appointment begins with a consultation that helps the staff personalize massages, facials, and spa services to optimally satisfy each guest’s unique needs. The staff blends more than 150 raw ingredients including clays, herbs, essential oils, and flower waters to craft their own masks, toners, and serums in-house. Visitors may enjoy complimentary herbal tea and chocolate during their stay.