Who doesn’t enjoy a spa day? A whole day spent relaxing and getting pampered, and then you leave and you feel energized and beautiful. Or handsome, as the case may be.
The thing is, it can be tricky to find an entire day to devote to such luxuries.
That’s what Mena Nault, a longtime area hair stylist, thought when she was looking to expand her salon.
“I thought I’d try something different,” said Nault, who previously worked at the spa at the DoubleTree hotel and had a salon in downtown Modesto. Her concept was to incorporate a blowout bar and an express spa bar into her new location on Pelandale Road in north Modesto.
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Blowouts aren’t a completely new thing. In fact, it’s a bit of a throwback to the days ladies would go and get their hair “done” on a regular basis rather than doing a lot of styling at home. But they have been growing in popularity, and after having one at Mena’s grand opening last weekend, I can see why. Nault washed my hair, massaged my scalp and then treated it and blew it dry, all in about 30 minutes. I left feeling like a rock star.
“Being in the Valley area, what I’ve found is people really don’t have time,” she said. “They’re always on the go.”
Speaking of on the go, that describes Nault. Her new location is just a few doors down from her most recent site, which she operated while doing renovations. “It’s been a crazy two months,” she said.
She employs seven people at the salon, which uses Aveda products, and soon will be looking to expand, Nault said. She is looking for stylists to mentor and teach as she learned several years back.
Blowouts range from “Going to the Rodeo” – promoted as “big sexy hair full of volume and big curls” (not the one I chose, but I would like to see it) – to “Blow Out to Go Out” – “our signature natural finish blowout.”
Over on the express spa side, 30-minute facials are available for men and women; other services include eyelash tinting and facial waxing.
Nault said she likes seeing the impact a bit of pampering has on her clients.
“They get their energy back in that little 20-minute time,” she said.
Elsewhere around the Business Beat:
A year and a half ago, I reported about an expansion for Never Boring, a local creative agency. The company had been looking for a spot for a studio to film commercials and other spots. They found it at Needham and 11th. Unfortunately, what they also found when they moved in there was a lot of noise.
The easy access and high traffic had good points, but agency President David Boring said the noise was too much. “We would film a spot and then look at it later only to hear horns honking and traffic,” he said.
So Boring made another move, and the film division is at 1401 J St., next to Warden’s Office Products. “It’s a great space,” Boring said, “with 20-inch concrete walls.”
Veterans are the focus, but everyone is welcome to the 2016 Modesto Fall Veteran Memorial Technical and Manufacturing Job and Info Fair.
The event is set at Modesto Technical College, 1300 N. Ninth St., Suite D, Modesto, on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to organizers, up to 30 technical and manufacturing companies will be on hand, as will vocational schools and staffing agencies. Veterans’ services information also will be available.