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.
The attentive specialists of Bliss Salon & Spa acquaint themselves with each client's unique personality and beauty needs before bolstering exteriors with their slate of customized aesthetic services. Hairstylists wielding Goldwell and TIGI products sculpt coifs with cuts, highlights, and extensions beneath steel-blue walls decked in abstract art. Pedicure clients ascend three granite stairs to settle into creamy white armchairs and dip feet into warm, sudsy water, cleansing and softening them in preparation for a range of foot-centered services. Meanwhile, at manicure stations, techs embellish fingers with acrylic tips, CND Shellac, and OPI polishes. Within a private treatment room, aestheticians brighten faces and physiques with facials, waxing, and spray-tanning services. The tranquil skincare space brims with nature-inspired artwork and strings of miniature light bulbs, which illuminate the leaves of a small tree to give newly liberated monkeys-on-backs a place to call home.
Headlines International Salon’s well-rounded crew of stylists brings its many talents together to renovate outmoded ‘dos, consulting with clients before tailoring new hairstyles based on personal tastes. Amid a chorus of snipping scissors and friendly conversation, guests sidle up to styling stations where bilingual hairdressers chop away split ends, moisturize parched strands with deep-conditioning treatments, and blow-dry freshly sheared locks into bouncy styles. Along with their signature salon services, beauticians also whisk away unwanted fuzz on upper lips and eyebrows using wax––a much better method of hair removal than standing dangerously close to a shuttle launch.
Within the vintage-bent confines of Breton Salon, friendly and accommodating staff members have but one simple goal: to pamper clients from head to toe. Even basic mani-pedi services include spa enhancements, including salt scrubs, hot-towel treatments, soaks with callous removal, paraffin dips, and massages for all 20 digits and the playdough that attaches them to the body.
Fusion Studios is aptly named. After all, it's not often that you can get a tattoo, a spray tan, a haircut, and a workout in an MMA cage without ever leaving the same building. Fusion Studios hosts a diverse roster of staffers who offer all of those services and still more: nails, makeup, personal training, and boot-camp, self-defense, Zumba, and hula classes.