Rachel A. Klein-Szymanski, the owner of Blue Lotus Spa, sees her beauty outpost as a culmination of her past 30 years of work in the beauty industry. Blue Lotus incorporates everything Rachel is passionate about in the industry?skin treatments, massages, and a full suite of hair services including extensions and wigs. Regardless of what kind of service a client requests, though, Rachel and her staff pursue the same simple goal: they want people to feel great about themselves by the time they leave.
Ceiling fan blades spin overhead like propellers. Vintage plane replicas and old-timey photos flank Flyboyz' barbers on all sides as they administer sleek scissor cuts and precise hot lather shaves. The shop's services have also been given military titles, such as the flybaby for infants, the veteran for seniors, and the camo, named for this carefully disguised joke.
For more than 50 years, AnTina's Salon & Boutique?s services?including hairstyling, mani-pedis, tanning, and waxing?have gussied up clientele from feet to coiffure. Staffers consistently update their aesthetic education, keeping track of new technology and trends, such as replacing hair with feathers.
Styles have changed drastically in the last 25 years, but Your Personal Image Inc. owners Jackie Romano and Lea Ann Rattigan have remained tethered to the present even after a quarter-century of salon ownership. Thus, they’re able to approach every client with a vast amount of experience and a fresh eye for current and future trends. Along with their licensed staff of stylists and beauticians, Jackie and Lea Ann offer personal reinvention via cuts, perms, and coloring services that highlight their clients’ most flattering features. Skincare specialists approach complexions with similar finesse; they combat acne, wrinkles, and third nostrils with relaxing and revitalizing facials that utilize the powers of vitamin C and collagen masks. With a veritable buffet of makeover options, Your Personal Image Inc. teems with additional treatments that help clients look beautiful and feel confident, including airbrush tanning, mani-pedis, cosmetics, and electrolysis.
Helmed by sisters Chris Powell and Linda DelRosso—a duo with more than 35 years of salon experience—Hairtique Designers Inc. revitalizes hair and skin with an array of salon and spa services. An in-depth consultation kicks off every tress transformation, with guests imparting haircut ideas and personal style goals before scissors work through mops to sculpt face-flattering 'dos. Color touchups, foils, and all-over color fix up pesky roots or add subtle dimension to manes, creating hues as flawless as mathematical proofs written inside a diamond. The salon builds on the sisters' 35 years of experience and keeps current on coloring and styling trends through its dedication to continuing education. Their tenacious talents earned them a 2012 reader's choice award in Trib Total Media for best beauty salon in Pleasant Hills.
Aestheticians soothe a panoply of skin issues with vitamins, steam, and European techniques during facials, and free pelts from unwelcome fuzz with waxing for eyebrows, underarms, bikini areas, and other spots. Spray tans give bodies that just-beached look and make glossy manicures and pedicures pop. For additional comfort, the Hairtique Designers staff greets all clients with a daily assortment of beverages and baked goods, including coffee, tea, and cheesecake.
Returning back east after working under Robert Cromeans?the global artistic director of Paul Mitchell?in his California salon and traveling hair shows, Sergio Pampena succeeded his father as the owner and driving force behind Sergio?s Style. Sergio works closely with the stylists who call his Paul Mitchell Focus Salon home, including three who spend their spare time as national educators for Paul Mitchell. His stylists begin cuts and colorings by ushering clients to the wash house, an alcove situated behind a towering wall of falling water where muscles relish a head and neck massage as soft music trills from speakers and well-hidden carousels. While stylists work, clients can watch their hair color getting mixed at the floor?s color bar or affix eyes on a wall-mounted flat-screen television. Though Sergio?s stylists are chiefly concerned with haircare, a menu of waxing, spray-tanning, and makeup services are available to complement fresh cuts.