The stylist team at the award-winning Elle Lui Salon steers scissors, brandishes brushes, and commands color to glamorize hair and retore health. After a consultation, clients are led to plush leather recliners for an invigorating shampoo and revitalizing Kérastase Ritual mask conditioning treatment, which is customized to suit individual hair and scalp needs (a $40+ value). Back in the stylist's chair in front of a large wrought-iron-framed mirror, one of Elle Lui's accomplished stylists carefully crops hair to erase all effects of wearing a bucket hat for an entire year (a $50+ value). Owners of newly frizzless follicles receive a 20% discount on the salon's Kérastase products, which can help keep hair softer than an ambrosia-salad sandwich on a cloud bun.
The Santa Rosa Barber Shop’s owner, Eric Gardea, meticulously trims crew cuts, lathers cheekbones, and flattens tops in a no-nonsense style. Seated near a black-and-white photograph of the 1960s Rat Pack, patrons look on as their foreheads are flattered by one of Eric's classic haircuts or their cheeks freed of stubble by an old-fashioned straight-razor shave, which brings out the clean-shaven, chiseled jaw lines frequently admired on statues of Roman senators. The barbershop stays open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Body Time has stocked the Bay Area with local, artisan body products since 1970. Earth-concerned patrons can indulge their bodies’ consciences by using Body Time's Botanicals line, which is made from quality plant-derived ingredients, many of which are sustainably and locally produced in addition to being 70% certified organic, and includes aromatherapy olive-oil soaps ($8.50) and rosemary-and-mint conditioner ($14). Mark limbs with cologne ($16.50) or moisturizer ($8–$21) scented with the famed China Rain fragrance to add a fresh, floral, and lightly musky aroma to your person and stand out in aromatically sensitive crowds. Sensitive-skin owners can pamper with perfume-free unscented products and particular patrons can craft custom scents using perfume ($1.60/item) and essential oils (starting at $3/item) to enchant a football team captain without becoming a teen witch.
Karen Behnke was already an established presence in the national wellness scene when her attention turned to healthful beauty products. Her newfound interest was triggered by her first pregnancy, which was wreaking havoc with her skin. But the more research she did, the more dismayed she became: even though skin absorbs most of what is applied to it, most skincare products on the market are chock-full of unnatural, multisyllabic ingredients—some of which don't even work as advertised.
Behnke decided to take matters into her own hands and create what she couldn't find in stores. Most beauty products are water and petroleum-based, but Juice Beauty builds on an antioxidant and vitamin-rich foundation of organic juices. Besides skincare products such as the top-selling Green Apple Peel and hydrating cleansing milk derived from grape-seed and sunflower oils, Juice Beauty mixes up radiant makeup collections and potent hair products.
The year was 1999, and master barber Joe Grondin was nostalgic for a bygone institution. The barbershops of old were more than a place for a man to get his hair cut: they were a place to relax, share a conversation, and sneak a bite of the peppermint-flavored pole out front. But men's grooming establishments seemed to be a thing of the past—until Grondin founded his first Roosters in Lapeer, Michigan. The new-old trend caught on, and today, the throwback barbershops can be found coast-to-coast. Men can stop by for timeless services, from haircuts to full shaves to golf advice.
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.