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.
From the classic to the cutting edge, the staff at House of Style approaches every hairstyle request with fundamental styling prowess and the ability to fashion a customized look that suits its wearer. This versatility stems from owner Sue Holmes, a 30-year industry veteran whose knowledge and artistry has been queried by runway style agencies. Whether clients bring in a photo of their ideal look, an idea to work from, or a well-coiffed radish, the stylists will fashion a savvy 'do that matches the image while adding a tailored touch and brushstrokes of color, straightening treatments, and products from Sebastian and Redken. Hair and lash extensions, European waxing, and mani-pedis round out the salon options.
A cosmetic complex with décor ranging from the chic black tile of its salon to the day spa's bamboo-and-incense ambience, Aventine fills its space with a consummate roster of beautification treatments administered by a highly specialized staff. The classic massage (a $90 value) tailors its 60 minutes of total relaxation to your muscular map's spinal mountain range, flowing energy rivers, and buried treasure chests of stress. A signature 45-minute DermaSweep facial (a $127.50 value) mechanically extracts and exfoliates the face with a gentle vacuum, lifting away dead and deadbeat skin while combating the oxidative aging effects caused by years of reenacting Three Stooges shorts. The treatment begins with a consultation and keeps the skin relaxed throughout with a cleansing massage and therapeutic mask. A three-month membership ($297 value) to Aventine Spa treats members to a range of discounts on salon, massage, and aesthetic services.
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.
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.