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.
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.
The skin and body experts at A Beautiful Reflection and Day Spa found a kindred spirit in turn-of-the-century scientist Marie Carmichael Stopes, who pointed out that "You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing." With genuine joie de vivre, A Beauty Reflection’s six women go about their favorite tasks, leaving guest's bodies smooth, relaxed, and decorated with cosmetic details that reflect their personal style. Their ebullience has bubbled over from private sessions into parties, which can focus on tanning for adults or incorporate cake and punch in spa days for kids. To cultivate that inner quality so important to Stopes, the team has organized drives for the homeless in which they exchange their services for charitable donations.
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.