July 26th, 2011
June 2011 issue
It’s 5:50 p.m., and you’ve just left the office, though you still have to do battle with the evening fog while running to Muni. You’ve looked better. Now your latest crush is on a layover at Heathrow, and just emailed that he has 10 minutes for a Skype session. Fortunately, Melissa Ong Ryan—founder of Festoon Salon— and her husband, John Ryan, are ready with quick tips on how to have Skype- ready, work-ready, and gala-ready hair in five minutes. Working out of two locations, the original in Berkeley and another in San Francisco, they have honed their speedy techniques on tech-obsessed clients, and stay current on the latest clickable time-savers (you can request appointments with Festoon’s iPhone app). And now that both salons have just opened new cosmetic counters carrying the cult Australian line Becca, the Ryans have become go-to gurus on hair and makeup for the video-chat set. You’ll never fear the HD webcam again.