Color Inspiration at Changes Salon & Day Spa

Every season at Changes we get together at our monthly shop meeting and talk beauty trends. We look at all the information we received from the runway and then we create Inspiration boards with the seasons hottest looks. As a team we  talk about how we can incorporate these trends in not only our lives but our clients lives. After the meeting we always walk away feeling inspired, ready to be creative and make our clients feel and look their very best.

I sat down with Nicole, one of our executive level stylists, to talk to her about where she finds inspiration for hair color. Nicole expressed that she is constantly inspired by everyday people she sees walking down the street. She loves to see hair in natural light and it’s organic movement . While most of us can admit we like to people watch, Nicole is putting her people watching skills to work helping her find new inspirations that she brings back to the chair.nciole color

Our hair team recently had a class with Leslie Cooke from Wella Professional to learn their new Freelights technique which helps creates natural-looking highlights, ombre and balayage with a sun-kissed look by hand-painting color instead of using foils.

Nicole, like the rest of our team that attended the class, was inspired to try the new techniques right away.  The picture to the right shows how she was able to create a modern, highlighted look to soften and brighten her clients natural color. Putting her own spin on the Wella hand-painting technique, Nicole was able to create the perfect spring time look for her client!

Inspiration is defined as “something that makes someone want to do something” or “that gives someone an idea about what to do or create”. The team at Changes is inspired daily to bring you the newest trends and help incorporate them in your everyday look.

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Bumble & bumble introduces Surf Infusion!

Surf Spray, one of Bumble and Bumbles top selling products that gives salt infused sexy waves, just got its first makeover in 14 years and we love it!
The new Surf Infusion is perfect for creating Boho waves – a top trend this spring. It is more moisturizing for color treated and coarse hair than the original Surf Spray. This  helps create a smoother, softer wave. The inspiration behind Bumbles Surf Infusion comes from none other than surfers themselves. We know that many surfers apply different oils to their hair before hitting the waves so Bumble decided to perfect the combination of oil and salt, and bottle it.
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Surf Infusion is perfect for that “just out of the ocean messy look” without feeling stiff, crunchy or sticky.
Even if you aren’t ready for full blown surfer waves you can still use Surf Infusion to give your polished blow dry the added texture you see in magazines and on the runway.  
Another thing we LOVE about the Surf Spray is that it helps protect your beautiful locks from sun damage! Surf Infusion is available now at Changes Salon & Day Spa so come by to pick it up today!
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Changes

2010Valentine 002Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated around the world. According to Wikipedia: “St.Valentine’s Day began as a celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. A popular account is that of Saint Valentine of Rome which states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed ‘Your Valentine’ as a farewell.”

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 220px-Chaucer_ellesmere
Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering sweets and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s keys are given to lovers as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

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Modern-day traditions now involve special shared experiences by couples. Valentine’s Day is a special time at Changes Salon and Day Spa. We love creating memorable experiences and couples have chosen to make a Valentine’s visit to Changes an annual tradition. Our dual suite is perfect for those who want to enjoy the tandem gift of relaxation. Sharing experiences can also begin together with our relaxing footbath and lead to a variety of options including our OM4 Facial for gentlemen and a Changes Signature Facial for ladies.

Since Changes Salon and Day Spa is walking distance to most of Walnut Creek’s fabulous restaurants, the relaxed experience can continue with a leisurely stroll to your favorite eatery.Man_window

More and more men are taking advantage of the ease of giving a spa gift card and women who love to receive them are now reciprocating with gift cards for the men in their lives, redeemable for a sports massage, men’s facial and/or a men’s manicure.

For the ultimate shared relaxation experience, try a dual spa three-month Massage Membership.

This Valentine’s Day give someone you love something they will love with the gift of a relaxing experience. Remember that Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday, Feb. 14 so call (925) 947-1814 ahead and make your plans.


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Diablo Magazine is giving away a trip to Hawaii! Vote Best of the East Bay

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Valentine Tips for Enhancing Your Relationship

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Ask the expert – Tips for enhancing your relationship –

No sooner do the festivities of the holidays pass then we begin to see cupids in flight and we know that Valentine’s Day will soon be here.  While it is fun to commemorate our special relationships on a Valentine’s Day,  I decided to “Ask the Expert” for the best way to nurture and grow relationships everyday.  I was unable to reach Cupid, the ultimate relationship expert.  Instead I will share the advise of notorious cupid surrogate, Dr. Phil.

 Have A Solid Friendship And Set Specific Goals For The Relationship.

“Ask yourself what kind of friend you are being to your mate,” Dr. Phil says. “If you want a good friend, be a good friend,” he suggests.
“Wake up each morning and say, ‘What can I do today to improve the relationship?'” Dr. Phil advises.  “Even small things will accumulate over time and make a difference. Find a quiet moment each day and come up with a specific goal to improve your relationship, whether it’s calling your spouse during the day just to say hi, or telling your mate that you love him or her more often. Make a conscious effort.”

Take Time to Nurture Your Relationship
If I were able to get in touch with Cupid he would no doubt offer up the following advice:  Without regular attention relationships will wither.  Make the commitment to spend regular time relaxing and reconnecting with your loved one. Schedule regular time to nurture your relationship. DualSuiteWeb

And that brings us back to Valentine’s Day.  A day together enjoying massages at a spa is the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day.  Research shows that massage and spa services go beyond pampering — they help relieve stress, anxiety and provide deep relaxation. More and more medical studies are finding that stress can lead to many unwelcome side effects, including high blood pressure, decreased immunity function and reduced energy levels.

Spas are places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.  Is there a better gift to share with your loved one this Valentine’s Day?  Call Changes Salon & Day Spa today and schedule time to rest, relax and reconnect with your someone special.


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Lauren’s Fight for Recovery

Help us raise money and awareness at our “Lauren’s Fight for Recovery” 5k Walk/Run on March 9th in Walnut Creek. 5k starts from the Walnut Creek Library. Registration is at 7 am and the walk starts at 8 am. Entry fee $30 for Adults Join or Donate here.


In December of 2012 our Signature Stylist Lauren was hospitalized and diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis. The team at Changes Salon & Day Spa has come together to put on a 5k Walk/Run to raise money for Lauren who is still unable to return to work and to raise awareness for the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance. Proceeds, to be matched up to $25,000 by an anonymous donor.


Event sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email for more info.

Lauren Davis our very talented hairstylist…

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Lauren Davis is a talented stylist and educator at Changes Salon & Day Spa in Walnut Creek, CA. She has worked at Changes for 10 years and mastering her art for over 13 years. She is an outrageous friend to those around her and is well loved by her clients and team mates. In late December 2012 Lauren she saw her doctor thinking she was experiencing anxiety. He put her on medication to help her deal with the anxiety until she could get an appointment for counseling.

Her world took a turn on January 1, 2013 when she had a seizure and was admitted to Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA. Within days she was unable to speak, experienced severe anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, loss of appetite, was unable to sleep and at times catatonic. They did MRI’s, CAT Scans, PET Scans, EEG’s and Lumbar Punctures. On January 17th she was transferred to UCSF while waiting for the test results for anti-NMDA Receptor Autoimmune Encephalitis (referred to as ANMDARAE). She now had a feeding tube and had begun to have severe muscle spasms that her mother described as awful as the worst scenes in “The Exorcist”.

On January 25th ANMDARAE was confirmed and treatment began immediately (IVIG, Steroids, Plasmapherisis and Rituximab). Lauren returned to Kaiser on February 4th where she improved ever so slowly. Two steps forward, one step back (sometimes two steps back). On May 22nd was sent to Kaiser’s rehabilitation center. She came home on June 5th. Her boyfriend, Brian, lives with her and has been by her side since day one. He has not been able to work while supporting Lauren through her ordeal.  Lauren is now in occupational and speech therapy and is working very hard at getting well. Her speech is slowly returning and more words are coming every day.

Lauren is fighting for her recovery from this recently identified form of Encephalitis, known as anti-NMDA Receptor Autoimmune Encephalitis. Only a few thousand people have been diagnosed in the world with ANMDARAE, where cells of the immune system attack the NMDA receptors in the brain. These receptors control emotions, behavior, memory and cognition and the symptoms of the disease include mood changes, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations and psychosis. This is why so many people are misdiagnosed, put on anti-psychotic drugs and often put into mental institutions.

Lauren is one of the lucky ones. . . she was diagnosed early. Many don’t survive this dreadful disease because they don’t receive early treatment. It is so important that we raise awareness of this horrible disease. Learn more about Autoimmune Encephalitis 


Help us raise money and awareness at our “Lauren’s Fight for Recovery” 5k Walk Run on March 9th in Walnut Creek. 5k starts from the Walnut Creek Library. Registration is at 7 am and the walk starts at 8 am. Entry fee $30 for Adults 

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