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.
A certified massage therapist, Jamie Faria performs multiple modalities and services designed to heal and detox the body. Jamie’s relaxation massages soothe muscles, while athletic and deep-tissue massages can more easily target specific issues and improve the body’s future performance, be it in playing football or running from a ref who claims massage tables don’t belong on a football field. Alternatively, she also offers spray-tanning services as well as detox body wraps and ear-candling sessions, which use aromatic lavender candles.
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.
People’s faces are as diverse as their personalities. Each is a unique landscape of pores and pigments, so it makes sense that certain treatments might prove more effective for one person than for another. Darlene understands this, and she takes care to thoroughly map her clients’ faces before recommending any of her spa treatments or home skincare products. That means that Darlene’s treatments can do anything from erasing the appearance of fine lines and sunspots to boosting the face’s ability to produce collagen and bemused expressions.
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.