The skin- and hair-care specialists at MoonEssence Salon and Spa have a fool-proof method of ensuring the quality of their products: they make them all themselves. From soap to makeup to exfoliants to moisturizers, products can be up to 98% organic and made with absolutely no synthetics, petroleum, mineral oils, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphates, or pulverized unicorn horn. In-store, clients enjoy beautifying treatments for the hair, face, and nails.
A calming oasis a few miles off Petaluma Boulevard on Bodega Avenue, Tammy's Beauty Salon cocoons visitors in a relaxing environment for all kinds of body pampering. Contained in one of Petaluma's historical shingle houses from the 1920s, Tammy's provides a touch of vintage charm to their modern treatments. At Tammy's, a friendly and skilled staff waits perched to get every customer's digit cap shined and polished; manicures start at $15 and pedicures for $25. Facials are $60, primed to deforest clogged pores, while haircuts start at $16, ready to prune forests that need keeping. Spa goers with miniature versions of themselves in tow don't need to worry about finding a babysitter, as a separate play area for kids filled with toys and games is readily available. When leaving, doff a hat with a polished hand to Old Nacho, the neighboring horse, and rest assured that the twinkle in his equine eyes is a compliment to a newly gleaming and stress-free visage.
Licensed cosmetologist Michele Flannery has transformed more heads than she can count over the last 35 years. Her vast experience has vaulted her to the level of master colorist, both on manes and in coloring books. During her tenure in the beauty industry, she has spread her wealth of knowledge as a national educator and platform artist for such companies as Mastey de Paris and IT&LY Hairfashion.
Bonsai trees, bamboo gardens, and trickling streams cover the five secluded acres that make up Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, which brings a relaxing piece of Japan to Northern California. But this escape from the modern world doesn't just surround its visitors with nature?it literarily immerses them in it, thanks to the cedar enzyme bath.
Osmosis founder Michael Stusser discovered the treatment in Japan, and he made it his spa's signature service upon opening in 1985. The experience begins in the tea garden, where 25 organic plants lend their benefits to a hot herbal tea. Things then move inside, where guests dip down into wooden tubs filled with finely ground cedar, rice bran, and plant enzymes imported from Japan?which create a natural warmth through fermentation. The warmth relaxes the entire body, and proponents believe it has numerous health benefits. After they're warmed through and pleasantly dozy, guests can explore the plants and water features out in the meditation garden, or stay inside for different spa treatments, from facials to massages.
Mighty redwoods tower over the Inn at Occidental, where a European-style courtyard opens out onto gardens and, in the two blocks surrounding them, the adorable town of Occidental. Folk art covers the walls inside, where guests cozy up near the fireplace and gather in the living room each evening to sample wine and cheese. And that's just the beginning of the potential activities. The Inn sits within reach of tastings at more than 100 Sonoma wineries. Fortunately, the staff are all seasoned pros when it comes to navigating the countryside, and they can map out a tasting itinerary for virtually any palate.
Prepping for a big event usually requires multiple salon stops: one for the updo, another for the nails, and the last for a spray tan. Not so at Solar Flair, where stylists perform all these services and more. They bring about bronzy glows with a choice between 11 tanning beds or a UV-free Mystic spray-tan booth. The full-service salon also polishes exteriors with glycolic peels and waxing treatments. This one-stop beautification frees up time before big events for relaxing at home or making googly eyes at the mirror’s handsome new reflection.
Shannon?s work surface is no larger than a fingernail?literally. The nail technician clips overgrown nails and curbs cuticles as she preps nails for an eye-catching paint job. She covers nails in a variety of hues, and adds 3D art from flowers to hearts to spare keys so her clients will never get locked out again. Shannon works out of The Loft at the Boulevard.