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 BlowoutBar. 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.
It looks a bit like a coffin from the year 3000, but the only thing being laid to rest in the Matrix L33 tanning bed is a pale complexion. Its high-pressure lamps emit the full spectrum of UVA and UVB light to bring out a golden base hue in as few as three sessions.
But tanning beds are just one of the tools the team at Down Under Tanning uses to get skin glowing. Airbrush tans produce natural-looking finishes, and Hempz tanning moisture—made from 100% hemp-seed oil—develops into a subtle bronze while keeping skin as hydrated as Poseidon's front lawn.
At Classic Images Hair Design, both women and men receive striking aesthetic upgrades in a sanctuary of moddish, urban style. Sleek black dryers top leather seats in a tucked-away alcove, and a monochrome floral fainting couch sits at the ready. The stylists, all of whom are color specialists certified by Redken, offer a wide range of services that go beyond haircare to include waxing, airbrush tanning, and professional makeup application.
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.
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 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.
French countryside décor sheathes the nearly 3,000-square-foot beauty haven where nine spa rooms await clients in need of a facial, a chemical peel, or a medical microdermabrasion session. Out on the salon floor, a chorus of blow driers and shears hums "Flight of the Bumblebee" as friendly stylists color, cut, and straighten hair with Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology products. Clients can also mist their skin with Bronze Biologic's UV-free airbrush-tanning solution, doll up peepers with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions, or extract unwanted strands with body-waxing services, which include Brazilian waxing for both women and men.