A stress-free oasis in the heart of downtown Turlock, Blown Away Salon & Spa offers a relaxing counterpoint to the bustling activity just outside its doors. Though long considered a gem by locals, the all-purpose salon and spa can also claim a few out-of-town fans: as recently as May 2013, Joan Rivers dropped in for a manicure and style before her standup show at the nearby Turlock Community Theatre.
In spite of its growing popularity, Blown Away maintains a serene, low-key atmosphere punctuated only by animated chatter and the clipping of shears. The salon?s styling services range from feather extensions to formaldehyde-free Bio Ionic KeraSmooth treatments, which leave strands sleek and straight for months to come. On the other side of the expansive studio, nail technicians highlight digits with vibrant colors, and aestheticians tend to skin with exfoliating chemical peels. A visit to the spa?s resident massage therapist completes the cycle of relaxation as deep-tissue massages work against the muscle grain with firm pressure, and sports massages break up knots of tension with well-placed fastballs and slap shots.
Diamond dust might sound like something movie stars brush off their furniture, but at A Beautiful Reflection & Day Spa, owner Kerry Strickland knows better. She uses the dust to exfoliate her clients' skin during diamond dermabrasion treatments, polishing away fine lines and light acne scars without aluminum oxide crystals, which can be irritating to the skin. But the results aren't dependent on diamonds alone—Kerry and her team of aestheticians carefully analyze and question each patron's complexion before and after each facial, chemical peel, or other exfoliating treatment, and then point the way toward Dermalogica products best suited to the patron’s particular problems.
Not content to limit their expertise to faces, the team at A Beautiful Reflection also offers custom hairstyles, nail services, and waxing to help clients feel better about what they see––or don't see––in the mirror. The salon's Bronze Biologic spray tans provide a finishing touch to any makeover and use a nontoxic, fast-drying formula to help bodies achieve a sun-kissed glow without taking the sun to dinner and a movie first.
At her salon chair in Unique Hair Design, hairstylist Lasalette Oliveira helps reinvent each client's personal style alongside a talented, fashion-savvy staff that keeps track of the latest trends. Lasalette overhauls outer appearances with haircuts, blowouts, deep-conditioning treatments, and ombre coloring. With the help of styling products from Paul Mitchell and Moroccan Oil, she remodels curls, bangs, and parrot's nests. She also performs bridal services to help prepare brides-to-be and their friends for a big day under the altar and in front of the cameras.
Natalie carves out her own space inside New Image Hair Salon: a calming, private treatment room. Her clients relax on a treatment bed while she massages away knotted muscles and alleviates aches. Natalie specializes in gentle, gliding Swedish massage strokes that work to boost circulation and decrease stress.
Stylist and Streaks Salon co-owner Daydre Eastwood believes in the confidence-boosting power of a great hairdo. She and her stylists stay up-to-date on the newest techniques, offering guests traditional and cutting-edge ways to update their look with haircuts, color, and styling services. They harness a wide range of professional products to help make hair look and feel great, including vegan Pureology shampoos and conditioners and non-comedogenic, allergy-sensitive Glo Minerals products, which are not tested on animals. Streaks Salon's aestheticians, meanwhile, pamper guests with nail services, facials, waxing, and VersaSpa spray tans. And if a paraffin wax treatment isn't enough to leave a guest relaxed, they can indulge in a massage?the salon's massage therapists are proficient in deep-tissue, myofascial, and shiatsu techniques.
As the vibrant, swirling skirts of belly dancers entrance patrons' eyes, Skewers' chefs slice up lamb, filet mignon, chicken, and salmon for the restaurant’s namesake kebabs. To sate carnivorous cravings, their flavorful meats—which are marinated for 48 to 72 hours in tangy Mediterranean spices and oils—are roasted over the open flame of a stove or a snoring baby dragon. Bartenders craft potent martinis and pour international wines that complement both the punchy flavors of the kebabs and the plumes of sweet, aromatic smoke that dance through the hookah garden. On select nights, the kebab house brims with the catchy beats of live jazz bands, late-night DJs, and brave karaoke performers, and belly dancers take center stage with their sensuous dance moves on Saturday evenings.