A certified Redken colorist, DeeDee Olk radiates self-assurance whenever she has scissors in her hand, clipping and dyeing hair with the expertise that earned her the runner-up award for Best Stylist in the Bay Area Citizen’s 2010 Best of the Bay Area listings. At True Vanity Salon, she oversees services that range from color correction and foiling to permanent hair extensions, a more sustainable alternative to balancing a mop on your head. She is also certified to exterminate frizz with Brazilian Blowout treatments, and she transports her sure-handed approach outside the salon for onsite event styling.
Style Me Trendy Hair Studio’s Demetria Collazo has spent 16 years in the beauty industry. In that time she’s kept pace with the latest hairstyling trends, sculpting fashionable and modern cuts for her clients. As a color specialist, she also infuses hairstyles with vibrant highlights, and she also offers manicures and pedicures.
As a seasoned stylist of more than five years, Misty Williams knows how to shear and shape a trendy coif. But her services don't end with a cut and style; Misty also perms and highlights hair, relaxes or conditions frazzled locks, and crafts updos for special events. She also waxes away unwanted facial hair.
A Touch of Heaven Salon Massage & Day Spa stocks a large inventory of well-respected pampering products. Nail technicians employ OPI and Gelish polish, and hairstylists primp tresses with smart Solutions, Redken, Sexy Hair, and KMS products. An assemblage of massage therapists and aestheticians performs indulgent work at the spa too, allying to relax and beautify their clients. They execute 10 varieties of massage, from the gentle, simple Swedish to the choreographed complexity of the four-handed massage—performed by two therapists or one octopus also juggling four tennis balls. They combine treatments of the body's inner tissues with herbal or peppermint-scented wraps to rejuvenate the outer layer.
Outside of the private rooms lies the salon proper, where stylists carefully ply their craft on the hair and nails of their patrons. They imbue locks with new color, wax away unwanted hair, and even provide spray tans to maintain a summery glow throughout winter's tenure.
Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.
Because it’s not a big chain but an independently owned business, Super Express Lube builds its reputation solely on friendly, honest, and skilled service. And it’s a task that owner J.T. takes seriously. He personally trains each of his technicians, sharing his customer-based missive and decade’s-worth of auto experience with the crew so they remain aligned in both practice and philosophy. And this eagerness to please underlines every service offered here. From basic and synthetic oil changes to radiator and fuel-system servicing, the technicians maintain and patch up automotive components with the goal of keeping cars and their drivers from ending up stranded on the shoulder of the road or crying on the shoulder of a tow truck.