Don’t Blow It

Low maintenance girls of the world, lend us your ears, because today is your day!dont blow it style

Bumble & Bumble has heard your curses as you fumble with your blow dryers, and they are answering your prayers. There’s a new product in town — one that’s specifically formulated to make your hair gorgeous as a blowout. Say hello to Bumble and Bumble’s Don’t Blow It (H)Air-Styler.

“An air-drying product is great right now with the timing of spring and summer,” says Carrie Hill, a Bumble and bumble stylist and educator.” Clients want an easy hair regimen in the morning, and don’t want to bother with blow dryers in the warmer months.  This product is great for giving hair that effortless, natural texture without weighing it down.” dont blow it Carrie also explains that “With color trends on the rise, the integrity of the hair can’t always handle heat styling every day — particularly on fine to medium textures,”

Don’t Blow It – available at Changes today!

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Give Him the Gift of Perfect Skin

Skin-App-BannerGive the special guy in your life the gift of healthy, radiant skin that will leave him feeling confident! Our organic skincare line from OM4 is designed specifically by men, for men. We realize that his first best impression is his skin and we are dedicated to bringing him the highest quality biodynamic and naturally occurring skin food to help him look and feel his best, at any age.

OM4’s belief is simple: the science of skin care exists within nature and requires minimal human intervention. With organic content ranging from 71-98.5 %, they take care to extract each ingredient in its purest, most active state, and sustainably transition it to a finished product in harmony with the environment. Each OM4 product is “microblended” in small batches in our Pacific Northwest labs to produce one-of-kind solutions for today’s active and results-oriented man.

One Type Never Fits All: Find his individualized Skin Solution


The Sensitive Skin System derives essential active ingredients from the water, the world’s oceans and seas. Active phyto nutrients in marine-based botanicals are especially beneficial to sensitive skin. Steeped in ocean marine ingredients, and exotic green tea, the Sensitive System products are hypoallergenic and formulated for the guy who is skin is reactive and prone to redness, to calm and soothe especially after shaving.


The Oily Skin System derives essential active ingredients from botanicals that are easily detected in the air. Eucalyptus, lavender, willow and a host of highly effective ingredients, are meticulously formulated to address the unique issues associated with male oily skin. The Oily System is designed to deeply cleanse, regulate oil production, treat problem, sebum-related skin concerns and lightly hydrate.


The Normal/Combination Skin System combines mineral-rich, antioxidant-packed berries, grains and wine extracts from across the Oregon vineyards and agricultural landscape. These earthy botanicals provide a solid foundation for normal male skin nutrition. Rich in polyphenols, the Normal Skin Sytem defers the onset of fine lines and minimizes large pores. Like a fine Belgian ale this age-intercepting system is designed for men with normal/combination skin.


The Dry Skin Collection combines hydrovitalizing ingredients from desert – succulent and drought tolerant botanicals capable of with standing the fiery heat of the sun. Highly adaptive, these desert plants have evolved complex moisture retention systems which allow them to thrive in the most unforgiving environments. Oxygenating ingredients are also microblended to revitalize and detoxify thirsty, dehydarted and mature skin types.

Stop by Changes and pick up the perfect Skincare products for him before Fathers day, June 21st!

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Here are 10 new Mani Masterpieces you’re going to want to try now.

The nail looks from the Spring the runway basically marinate in awesome-sauce!
  1. Bold coral negative-space half-moon manicures
  2. The clean white manicure with a single gold strip
  3. A nontraditional french manicure that featured deep purple and light lavender.
  4. painted marbled
    gray with a bold white line
  5. Nude nails with a vertical silver stripe of OPI’s My Signature Is DC
  6. Stark white nails with an unpainted stripe down the middle2
  7. Models sported wispy stripes on their nails
  8. Feminine yet edgy fingers were achieved with the use of carefully placed crystals and a matte OPI topcoat.
  9. This negative-space nail art is something we love!
  10. Two-toned seafoam green and white tips.


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Because it’s all about the brows…

imageWe have all heard the saying put your best foot forward, but in 2015 its all about putting     your best brow forward. Eyebrows are having a major moment this year. and we are here to help make sure you are rocking your best brow. We are lucky to have a team of incredible estheticians o make sure you have the best brows in town.

A common question we hear from clients is “Should my brows match my hair color?” We took a moment to sit down with Lexie one of our fabulous estheticians to ask her what she thinks about brows matching your hair color and she provided us with some great insight that we had to share!

Lexie recognizes that there are many different options for your brows whether it’s the shape, thickness, or color. When it comes to color, her rule is that you should stay somewhere in the color family of your hair color. She also points out that like every rule there are always exceptions.

Here are her Best Brow Color guidelines.e652dae76b204c30_kate-winslet.xlarger

Natural Blondes- If your brows are too light they don’t do as much to define your eyes. Because we always your eyes to POP, we recommend using a slightly darker color to fill in your eyebrows such as a shade of light brown or light taupe.


Redheads- Redheads need extra attention in the brow area, there needs to be definition without it being too obvious. We recommend finding something with a rust colored undertone. Stay away from beige or grey undertones.

Natural Brunettes- Generally speaking, brown-haired women look best using a shade or two lighter than their natural hair color. This will help the brows from looking too heavy, unnatural or washed out. Another tip is to look for undertones that complement your hair such as walnut, sable, golden brown, taupe, mahogany etc.gallery_big_Gwen_Stefani's_blonde_hair_and_dark_eyebrows

Bleach blondes- If you were born with dark hair and now are blonde (think Gwen Stefani) I suggest lightening the brows a little bit, soften them up! I’m not a big advocate of bleaching the brows, but using a lighter pencil/brow powder will help soften your brows so the contrast of color isn’t too harsh. Keep in mind just because you’ve gone platinum does not mean you have to take your brows there, too!

Bright fun colors- Rihanna and Katy Perry come to mind when thinking of fun hair colors! Always keep your brows a natural color! ALWAYS! If we start making our brows bright blue it can totally throw off the look of the face! You can have all the colors of the world in your hair, but keep those brows natural and fierce!purple

Call us (925)947-1814 to book a complimentary consultation with one of our licensed estheticians today to help find the right shade, shaping and tools to ensure you are always putting your best brow forward.

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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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