Antique Balinese fountains, crimson wall hangings, and verdant plants enliven the luxurious confines of Pacific Tan, a go-to bronzing destination for 29 years. Boasting attentive customer service and the vibe of an exotic getaway, the tanning emporium ushers clients into its elegant space for traditional UV tans in state-of-the-art beds, including the Garden of Eden, which customizes a tan for each individual using an optical sensor, and the Shangri-La, a high-pressure bed that delivers a dark tan in minutes. Alternatively, natural-looking, flawless airbrush tans are administered by skilled and certified technicians using a safe, all-natural paraben-free solution.
Ongoing education keeps Studio 4 staff up-to-date on hair and makeup trends, as well as safe products and techniques. Stylists spritz hair with gentle sulfate- and paraben-free products from brands such as Kevin Murphy and Unite, and aestheticians custom-blend skincare concoctions to pamper acne-prone or menopausal skin. In addition, feather extensions supply locks with avian flair, and Brazilian-blowout keratin treatments smooth frizzy strands by up to 90%, with results visible on Studio 4’s before-and-after page or in bowls of suspiciously flattened rigatoni noodles.
Inside Bon Air Salon and Spa, beauty professionals transform clients with hair, nail, facial, and massage services. Microdermabrasion removes dead, flaky skin cells, making room for younger cells to glow. Massage services disentangle muscle knots with kneading and stroking using various degrees of pressure, including deep and peer. The salon also sells beauty products and hosts spa parties for friends and family members.
Sure, you can blow-dry your hair at home, but it likely won?t be quite the same as a salon blowout. Find out why with Groupon?s look into the blowout?s sleek mystique.
There?s something like old-time alchemy going on every time someone gets a blowout. Take a couple of elemental ingredients?wind and heat?combine them with a professional?s trained hand and strong wrist, and you end up with something precious: movie-star hair. The actual process is simple: the stylist washes the hair, then blow-dries it in small sections to the client?s specifications, often using a round brush to create smooth volume. The result might be straight, wavy, or purposely tousled, and it can be such a look changer that some women refrain from washing their hair for days afterward to maintain the glamour. Many people find the service so valuable they return to the salon for it between haircuts, sometimes several times a week.
In some ways, this practice is a throwback to the beauty parlors of the past, where women would drop in weekly to have their hair styled and set. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to get her hair blown out three times a week in the 1960s and 1970s; today, reportedly, so do celebs such as Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow. To keep up with demand, blowout-only salons have popped up in the last few years, dedicating all their chairs to the service.
What happens when a nightclub owner and yoga instructor partner up in a business venture? They create yoga workshops that incorporate heart-pumping bass and dubstep beats spun by the likes of FreQNasty and Rara Avis, in addition to traditional hatha and vinyasa lessons. Tim Dale and Tara Dale helm Yoga Tree, a studio that offers a wide variety of classes and yoga styles so that practitioners can find the style that best fits their practice, and instructors can lead classes in the specialty that speaks to them. And since opening their first studio in 1999, the duo has expanded their business to include six more locations throughout the Bay area to meet the demand for the Yoga Tree experience.
Teacher training courses are also available for those interested in leading their own classes. Students can opt for a 200- or 500-hour program, or elective classes that focus on Tantric yoga, handstands, and holistic Yoga Nidra. Yoga Tree also sells yoga-related products in their store, such as yoga attire, mats, books, and DVDs.
In 2001, the Coopers opened the doors to Cooper Alley, a contemporary hair studio where the duo preaches that technique is just as important as creativity.
More than a decade later, Rick and Ali (the owners) still uphold their high standard for technical skills. As a result, each stylist must pass the salon's intense two-year training course and show that they can trim a hedge into the shape of a lion while blindfolded. This ensures that hairdressers can keep up with the demands of creating exceptional designs from precision cuts to custom-blended color using ammonia-free INOA dye. Cooper Alley's team also is well versed in balayage highlights, wig trims, and hair-smoothing treatments.