Sarah Conner loves a lot of things about being a stylist, but her favorite part, hands down, is the people. Beyond techniques and products, her primary focus is to ensure that her clients are happy with the way they look––a philosophy that has been cultured during 14 years in the industry. Now, amid the elegant decor of Sanctuary Salon, Sarah can manufacture sleek layers and enliven bland stands with bold color highlights. Clients may also solicit Sarah for a swift eyebrow wax, skincare advice, or ask questions such as “what kind of products should I use?” and “how does my uncle keep pulling quarters from behind my ear?”
At Fancy Eyebrows, a salon located in the heart of Livermore, aestheticians use loops of organic thread to quickly and precisely remove unwanted hair. They groom eyebrows into clean arches and de-fuzz upper lips, chins, sideburns, and other areas of the face. Patrons can also opt for waxing sessions, skin-rejuvenating facials, or organic henna hair coloring that leaves tresses full and glossy.
After Teresa Judd trained with seasoned colorists in San Francisco, she returned to Livermore, her hometown. Today she draws on 16 years of experience in the hair industry—as well as certification in keratin smoothing treatments—as she molds manes inside Strands Salon. She strives to cultivate an urban oasis, where clients can escape the stressors of life, such as traffic, work, and constant attacks by giant sentient insects.
After achieving top industry honors and styling hair and makeup for the cover of Rolling Stone, an A-list stylist lured other industry greats to open Blowout Bar Salon. As guests sip flutes or piccolos of champagne, stylists coif manes at low-profile stations illuminated by natural light. The cheerful red brick building houses private treatment rooms for facial services, a hair-washing station overseen by crystal light fixtures, and shelves packed with bright bottles of product. Stylists grab Bumble and bumble shampoos, conditioners, and styling salves to pamper strands during volume-enhancing blowouts and on-trend clips. Two aestheticians round out the team of beautifiers, offering waxing services and facials with deluxe Darphin products from France.
Apothecaries predate modern chemistry and pharmacology by hundreds of years, tracing their tradition of fashioning medicinal compounds from natural ingredients to Baghdad in the 8th century and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. These skilled practitioners developed proven techniques to heal weary patients with organic balms and soothe hoards of barbarian Gauls with aromatic oils. Located near Lake Ray Hubbard, Affinity Wellness Salon & Spa mines these ancient techniques in its own apothecary, custom-making products and reinforcing their mission to guarantee each client "quality services with a personal touch." Winners of a 2010 Talk of the Town award, the staffers dote on every guest with spa and salon services that integrate oils, herbs, and teas to foster a relaxing, organic experience.
While the name may seem a hollow and curiously numerical boast, Beautiful From Head 2 Toe backs it up with a staggering array of salon and spa services. Starting at the noggin, stylists shorten hair that has grown unruly, help curly-haired clients better manage their locks, and imbue tresses with nearly every hue from the crayon box except for “Invisible Sunset.” For clients with corporeal beauty in mind, the beauty emporium serves up a host of different skin services including microdermabrasion treatments and exfoliating back scrubs. Hands and feet get their fair share of pampering during manicures, pedicures, and specialty services such as the rock star toes treatment that keeps nails shimmering for up to six weeks.
Inside Relax Ave Day Spa, eight massage tables and 10 foot-massage chairs welcome guests to put their feet up and relax as licensed massage therapists knead away uncomfortable knots and tension. The spa specializes in four massage modalities, including gentle, calming Swedish massage, as well as deep-tissue massages that utilize firmer kneads to target deep-seated tension. Warmed stones and essential oils can be added to help melt stress or moisturize the skin, and side-by-side tables are available to accommodate friends, couples, or belay climbers.