The experienced nail nurturers at Harmony Spa adorn fingertips with Essie and OPI polish in a fresh, clean space with a lemony yellow glow. After buffing and shaping, the gel manicure shields nails with a color coat that outlasts traditional nail polish and most middle-school relationships. During the pedicure, clients unwind in the spa's reclining chairs, which massage the backside from neck to thighs. The massaging chairs also boast an audio port for plugging in an iPod or 8-track machine.
Eyelashes crafted from synthetic material or mink fur find their place on the faces of Bliss Esthetics' clients. Aestheticians' steady hands apply lashes one at a time to bulk up existing fringe and help firefighters extinguish small fires. Though they specialize in revamping eyes, the squad of aestheticians also refurbishes faces with microdermabrasions, eyebrow waxes, and permanent eyeliner applications.
For more than 100 years, Moler Barber College has trained students in the art of cutting hair. The school provides clients with inexpensive haircuts, all of which are performed by the hands of student barbers-in-training. Fades, lines, and tapers are available at the Oakland location Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m, and at the San Pablo location Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure.
Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.
The demand for Ginger Springs Day Spa's holistically minded services has sparked a recent expansion resulting in a couple’s massage room and private relaxation area. Wielding botanical-laden European skincare products from Pevonia Botanica and Jan Marini, aestheticians pamper countenances with vitamin-rich ingredients and supplement most sessions with extras such as aromatherapy, a heated neck cozy, or herbal tea. Sage accent walls and exposed brickwork create a soothing, homey ambience amid the spa's contemporary ambience, which features stark-white moulding and gleaming wooden floors.