The expert team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Athena Salon & Spa shares a common goal—to provide a relaxing escape from daily routine. To do this, they draw on a menu of spa and salon services that includes everything from haircuts to fruit-infused facial peels. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists rely on hot stones and deep-tissue techniques to melt soreness caused by stress or back flipping into an empty pool. The spa’s footbaths, at least, are filled with warm water and pulsating jets to soothe sore feet and prepare them for cuticle treatments. For special occasions, the beauty experts can combine services such as waxes and updos into packages for brides, grooms, and their miniature wedding-cake likenesses.
Shannon?s work surface is no larger than a fingernail?literally. The nail technician clips overgrown nails and curbs cuticles as she preps nails for an eye-catching paint job. She covers nails in a variety of hues, and adds 3D art from flowers to hearts to spare keys so her clients will never get locked out again. Shannon works out of The Loft at the Boulevard.
Hair is an essential aspect of beauty—the right cut can frame a face in such a way that highlights its best features or suggests a cool, confident demeanor. The stylists at Essentials Salon appreciate this, which is why they offer contemporary haircuts for men, women, and children, along with Coppola's Keratin Complex Hair Therapy, a specialty treatment that diminishes frizz and curls for more manageable styling.
Styling is only one aspect of Essentials Salon’s menu, however. While facial-waxing treatments eliminate unwanted hair from the chin, lips, and brows, technicians brush nails with a chip-resistant Shellac polish that protects them from teething finger puppets.
Recognized by Best of the North Bay 2010 as Best Bridal Salon, The Powder Room focuses on bridal hair needs, but also caters to nonmarrying men and women in need of a 'do do-over. Transform untamed tresses with hair services that include a cut (a $45 value for women, a $30 value for men) and an all-over tinting (a $70 value). A youthful-looking head often translates into a youthful strut and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Men and women in need of a fashionable identity change can have their head mops remodeled in vintage surroundings bedecked with plush, patterned chairs and sleek countertops, and can even upgrade their Groupons to include additional services for an extra charge. The Powder Room primps princes and princesses by appointment only.
Serendipity Salon’s staff welcomes clients into a relaxing environment with complimentary tea and snacks. Stylists use sulfate-free Enjoy Professional Hair Care products that are safe for use on color-treated hair, and aestheticians use Caniglia MD Skincare products for facials and body treatments. Deep-tissue and hot-stone massages allow therapists to relax muscles within the confines of a warm, dimly lit private treatment room filled with soft music and the trickling of a nearby fountain. The salon’s team of nail technicians uses OPI and Essie nail polishes and Spa Blends products, which contain shea butter, vitamins, and plant extracts. They also carry hand-poured candles by Archipelago Botanicals, which combine essential oils with waxes and lead-free wicks and come in a variety of earthy colors, scents, and sizes. The largest candle is 4”x10” and burns up to 200 hours, or roughly the length of a Hollywood marriage.
Tracy Bixby, the certified health and wellness coach behind Wild Blossom Wellness, isn't interested in weight-loss gimmicks or exercise fads. Instead, she works with clients to develop training plans that allow them to take control of their lives, both mentally and physically. As a CHEK trainer, Bixby focuses on corrective exercise and takes a holistic approach to fitness that considers the client's body as a whole. This approach helps clients become physically fit so that their bodies function at optimum levels, helping improve health conditions and issues such as back pain, weight gain, chronic stress, and osteoporosis. All clients begin their work at Wild Blossom with assessments of their current physical, emotional, and mental conditions. Bixby then designs custom programs that address their wellness goals and the underlying causes of their specific dysfunctions.