Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

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At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey

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The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.


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'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

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Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

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Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

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The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

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Inner glow: Selecting hair and makeup stylists for the big day

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Hair stylist Lynn Geyer, left, demonstrates a “messy” hairstyle popular among brides at Los Altos’ Laura Z., A Hair Lounge, below right.

In between saying “Yes!” and “I do,” brides have a lot on their minds, even if they hire wedding planners. From venues to menus, the whirlwind of choices seems endless.

Whatever the wedding theme, picking a hair stylist and a makeup artist who know how to bring out the radiant bride is paramount.

A radiant run-through

For the bride who cares about using organic, plant-based products, Laura Z., A Hair Lounge at 220 State St., Suite 8, might be the best local choice.

The salon carries Oribe and Rahua hair products as well as the RMS

Beauty makeup line, which uses coconut oil for its healing properties. Hair stylist Lynn Geyer recently joined the staff from San Francisco, working on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

As the big day approaches, brides may undertake an exercise regimen to shape up and look good for upcoming photographs. Yet the outer bride will glow only if the inner bride is well nourished and pampered, according to Laura Zatarain, owner of Laura Z., A Hair Lounge.

“Most brides lack nutrition, and it takes a toll on their hair,” she said. “If they restrict weight, if they get stressed out, the hair gets weak.”

So what’s a girl to do?

The former Vidal Sassoon Salon hairdresser suggested that brides “should be in here a lot sooner for run-throughs – at least a year before.”

It takes planning for brides to have “a healthy radiance and glow,” Zatarain said. “I believe in keeping the inner bride as healthy as the outer bride.”

She recommends that brides incorporate her $40 aromatherapy scalp treatment into their trial run-throughs. The relaxing treatment conditions the hair with essential oils and Rahu hair wax made with ingredients from the Amazon rainforest.

Zatarain, 55, has more than 30 years of experience doing hair. An energetic woman, she’s passionate about styling hair, and balayage, or French hair painting, is her favorite.

In her years of attending Oribe product workshops and editorial shoots, she’s worked with celebrities like Linda Ronstadt.

The bridal hairdo trends now seem to run to half-up, half-down or “messy” styles, Zatarain said.

Her daughter, Natalia Zatarain, 25, an aesthetician who also works part-time at Marilyn Jaeger Skincare Studio in San Francisco, is available for bridal makeup.

RMS Beauty products have received awards for excellence from Allure and Elle magazines.

“These products are good for the low-maintenance bride who wants a more natural look,” said Natalia, a Los Altos resident.

She demonstrated the living luminizer, $36, a highlighter without glitter or sparkles to get in the eyes, a boon for those who wear contact lenses.

“This also gives you the fresh-out-of-bed look,” Natalia added.

Another beautifier, lip2cheek, acts as a lipstick and blush. The cream eye shadow produces a sheer color with lighter pigment than normal products. Created by Rosemary Swift, a former makeup artist who became severely ill and didn’t want toxic chemicals in her body, the makeup often appeals to those who want clean products.

“If you’re not into the intense fussiness of looking super glamorous, this makeup is for you – and a lot of people around here are low-maintenance,” Natalia said.

The RMS raw coconut cream, sold as a moisturizer, also acts as a makeup remover and facial cleanser. It contains lauric acid, which RMS claims has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

“Coconut also has the equivalent of 20 percent SPF without the chemicals,” Natalia noted.

Healing hair

Zatarain stands in the middle of her pristine white salon with a starburst decoration and an air fern from The Botanist on the wall.

First, she recommends the aforementioned aromatherapy scalp treatment, a conditioning treatment for the bride’s hair.

Usually this fix is applied at least a week before the big day. Zatarain starts by brushing with a $170 Mason Pearson brush.

“Brushing is really important to the health of your hair,” she said.

She sections off the hair and spreads different essential oils onto each section, including citrus, rosemary, sage and others. Massaging the blend into the head relaxes the client. She then wraps the hair in a towel turban and sets the bride-to-be under a hair dryer.

After she unwraps the hair, she washes it and applies the $89 Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask to brighten dull hair. The main ingredients include sunflower seed oil and quinoa. The final blow-dry makes the hair look vital and full of body.

Geyer demonstrated a typical bridal hairdo on Natalia’s hair.

“The day of the wedding, we never wash the bride’s hair – we need a little bit of grit to work with,” Zatarain said.

Ensuring a good hair day

Geyer offered the following tips for brides who want to ensure the happiest possible hair day.

• Clip photos of hairstyles from magazines or print out pictures from Pinterest.

• Do a trial run the week before the wedding.

• Show the stylist wedding-dress photos so that he or she can envision the hair with the dress.

• Bring any hair accessories.

What should the bride do if her hair comes apart during the wedding?

“You make sure it won’t,” Geyer said. “You have them do jumping jacks to make sure it stays in place.”

Brides can opt to have their makeup and hair done at the salon or at the wedding venue. Updos range from $60 to $100, but rates are higher for extra-long or thick hair or special requests.

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A Wedding to Remember: A Hair Lounge - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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