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.
Oshalla Diana Marcus is passionate about natural treatments. A dancer, yoga instructor, and holistic fitness trainer, she founded Pure Earth Beauty to spread the word about alternative aesthetics. Here, colorists eschew chemicals and artificial rainbows in favor of plant-based dyes made from henna, buxus, and indigo, conditioning hair as they impart it with eye-catching hues. Aestheticians nourish skin with clay and herbs, and naturally derived polishes ensure fume-free manicures. And to share the spirit of Marcus? philosophy, workshops and beauty retreats teach fellow professionals how to adopt these green techniques.
Carmen Ching's talents are as sharp as the razors she uses to cut clients' hair, though not nearly as dangerous. She draws on the warm atmosphere of The Top Gallery Salon, which displays work from local artists, to create looks that range from stylish and sophisticated to bold and progressive. In addition to crafting precise cuts, Carmen uses Keratin Complex products to smooth strands and Framesi, Jalyd, Schwarzkopf, and Redken color to lend vivid hues to manes.
Blowouts: Hot Air with a Purpose
Sure, you can blow-dry your hair at home, but it likely won?t be quite the same as a salon blowout. Find out why with Groupon?s look into the blowout?s sleek mystique.
There?s something like old-time alchemy going on every time someone gets a blowout. Take a couple of elemental ingredients?wind and heat?combine them with a professional?s trained hand and strong wrist, and you end up with something precious: movie-star hair. The actual process is simple: the stylist washes the hair, then blow-dries it in small sections to the client?s specifications, often using a round brush to create smooth volume. The result might be straight, wavy, or purposely tousled, and it can be such a look changer that some women refrain from washing their hair for days afterward to maintain the glamour. Many people find the service so valuable they return to the salon for it between haircuts, sometimes several times a week.
In some ways, this practice is a throwback to the beauty parlors of the past, where women would drop in weekly to have their hair styled and set. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to get her hair blown out three times a week in the 1960s and 1970s; today, reportedly, so do celebs such as Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow. To keep up with demand, blowout-only salons have popped up in the last few years, dedicating all their chairs to the service.
Professional hair stylist Patty Stevenson plies her trade at Headlines Salon, where she helps her clients achieve desired hairstyles. Her services include everything from cuts and color to perms, hair extensions, and nail care.
There's a party every weekend at Heroes and Hairoines. People chat between sips of wine, beer, and mimosas, and when they leave, they walk out with chic new hairstyles and nail designs. Located in the heart of
San Rafael, Heroes and Hairoines greets its clients with comforts well beyond the complimentary drinks at other salons, day spas, and best-host competitions. All someone needs to do is step up to the blow-dry or waxing bar or one of several salon chairs.
As a René Furterer flagship salon, Heroes and Hairoines relies on the Parisian haircare line of natural products as well as additional treatments from the likes of Bumble and bumble., Aveda, or Kérastase—whatever is required to create looks worthy of gracing the cover of a fashion magazine. Men's grooming services are also in the team's stylish wheelhouse, as are hot-stone massages and aesthetic treatments. Aestheticians can administer facials, wax the face and body, and sculpt nails during mani-pedis.