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.
Nestled inside Livermore's historic Old City Hall and Firehouse building, Chantilly Lace stylist Lauren Backer and Angela Mitchell snip, sculpt, and stain strands into fine works of follicular artwork. Upon arrival, clients enjoy a glass of bubbly as they consult with Lauren or Angela to come up with a fashionable look for their head foliage, whether they wish to add bangs to a trendy trim, tailor tresses into a voguish asymmetrical form, or sweep up coiffures into a lifelike model of their favorite marsupial. Customers with less-than-lustrous locks can have dull rooted dreads touched up or accented with partial highlights, and all face-framing makeovers end with a professional blow-dry to freeze the new 'do into place and keep it fresh past its expiration date.
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.
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.