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.
Aesthetician Sharon Elizabeth Herbert began her career as an understudy of celebrity facialist Susan Ciminelli, whose clientele includes Jennifer Lopez and Naomi Campbell. By observing Ciminelli and enrolling in advanced aesthetics courses, Sharon learned that each person's skin responds differently to conditions such as weather, travel, and apple bobbing. With this knowledge in mind, she begins each appointment by asking clients to evaluate the sensitivity and texture of their skin. Then, Sharon concocts a personalized skincare treatment that restores balance and radiance. She also travels to Sonoma for on-location wedding and special-event makeup services.
Stylist Iran Razi keeps strands looking neat at Cherry Blossom Salon, which has been a fixture in downtown San Rafael since 1994. Haircuts, highlights, and color treatments instill beauty and self-confidence in the wearer, but Iran and the staff at Cherry Blossom take hair care one step further. In addition to hair design, they concern themselves with hair health, which is why they use only natural and organic products by brands such as Hemp Natural Strength and encourage clients to brush their hairs after every meal.
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.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.