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.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
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.
When it comes to making people look and feel beautiful, there's little the team at A Beautiful Reflection can't do. Owner Kerry Corduck has amassed a staff of aestheticians, massage therapists, hair stylists, and nail technicians, and Kelly herself is an eye-brow and makeup artist and a specialist in custom facials and microdermabrasion. That talent of the staff is matched by the quality tools and products they rely on, including skin care products by Dermalogica, mineral makeup by Youngblood, and an all-natural spray tan formula by Bronze Biologic. Of course, sometimes it's not the treatments themselves, but the little extras that make clients feel special. And so, A Beautiful Reflection also plans beauty-themed parties, including makeovers for weddings, proms, and traffic court appearances, and kids' parties that include mani-pedis, punch, and cake and cupcakes.
A licensed cosmetologist and second-degree black belt, owner Suprena Clark divides her time between styling hair and leading self-defense classes inside Fusion Studios' full-size mixed-martial-arts ring. While her staff of cosmetologists groom heads and tattoo artists ornament bodies, Suprena often leads Zumba and martial-arts classes inside the ring, which takes up about half the studio's space. When she isn't teaching others how to perform ax kicks, Suprena spends her time behind a styling chair, chopping off dead ends and punching up hairdos with splashes of color.