As an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, So-Pure Salon and Spa performs haircare and spa treatments with the essential oils and natural herbal ingredients found in Aveda products. Stylists accompany restorative conditioning treatments and color services with calming herbal tea and relaxing Aveda mind-body rituals. The team can enhance full-body massages with aromatherapy and deeply hydrating wraps or soften hands and feet with milk baths and sugar scrubs during Caribbean Therapy mani-pedis that, like a day in Carmen Miranda’s fruit hat, manifest the citrusy fragrances of the tropics.
The salon and spa's decor is as botanically based as its products. The earth-toned space boasts natural wood furniture and floors and pops of bright green from potted plants. The walls are a testament to the beauty experts' support of their community, displaying the work of local artists, including those of Pyramid Incorporated—a nonprofit organization dedicated to training adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in the visual and performing arts.
Beauology's owner Sridevi Rejeti helms a team of beauty specialists, who style strands, groom nails, remove unwanted hair, and apply makeup and henna to skin. Like a first date, each appointment begins with a consultation to discuss the client's requirements, and staffers then create a service to accommodate individual needs. Salon chairs rest in front of tall mirrors where clients watch new hairstyles form with the snips of scissors or brows retreat with the twist of a cotton thread. Neon pillows pop from the black background of a sleek leather couch stretched out behind pedicure tubs, and separate treatment rooms soothe clients with tranquil greens or blues and organic décor.
A trip to The Body Klinique is a complete sensory experience. Clients envelop themselves in warmth during a pretreatment dip in the sauna, or from the cushy, heated pillow wrapped against their necks during nail treatments. The scent of naturally derived products permeates the air, wafting from Eufora International pure, organic haircare products or the cranberry enzymes and pumpkin peels used during facials. The complimentary caf?'s warm and refreshing beverages dance over tongues. Not adding to the sensorial landscape are the sounds of cell phones?the spa bans the devices from all treatment areas.
Since its inception in 1983, Schroeder's family-run hair salon outfit has beautified the scalps of men, women, and children with routine trims and stunning restyling. Visitors step in at any time, without the need for appointments, while professional stylists snip away split ends and perfect bangs with precision trims and remove neck scruff with clippers.
Up front at Avalon Spa & Salon, there's always a flutter of activity as stylists consult with clients on their new 'dos and get to clipping and coloring. But in the private rooms in back, it's another story. Under dimmed perimeter lighting, massage therapists gently knead tension from muscles as aromatic essential oils hang in the air and aestheticians soothe skin with seaweed facials and warm towels. No matter which service you come for, all of Avalon's teams are prepared to exceed expectations by bringing their creativity and extensive experience to the table.
The salon, which was voted the Best Hair Salon in Alameda County by KRON 4 news, exclusively uses Framesi hair color to create rich, vibrant shades. The stylists also keep Redken, Unite, and Pureology products on hand to nourish stressed-out hair and to keep it from standing straight up like it wants to. Back in the spa, only professional skincare products are used, including those from Rep?chage.
After an adolescence spent honing beauty skills, Amanda Pagan had no trouble glamming up her own hair and makeup—and that of all her friends—before senior prom. Amanda, now a pro stylist, beautifies paying clients with the same youthful exuberance. "Lots of people with long hair don't know what to do with it," says the eight-year salon veteran, who relishes the creative puzzle that comes with matching head to hairstyle. Before bestowing an above-the-neck makeover, she considers each person's skin tone, lifestyle, morning routines, and personal sense of style to create a well-tailored look. The personable beauty artisan readily dishes advice to clients looking to maintain their blush and bangs, preaching the virtues of a natural-looking nighttime makeup look and recommending liberal use of heat protection to fortify hair against the hot ravages of curling irons and tropical-fruit-hat flambés.