Dual board-certified Dr. Victor Mendoza combines traditional weight-management supplements with new-age laser treatments to help clients not only shed fat, but also remedy internal ailments such as fatigue or insomnia. The staff tailors each treatment program with preliminary tests that detect the hormone and toxin levels in each patient’s body, which helps determine whether their issues come from environmental forces or simply eating too many pennies. To treat the moodiness, memory loss, and weight gain that comes with age, the spa administers health-bolstering doses of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to heal bodies from the inside out. Dr. Mendoza boosts his regimens’ effects with Zerona body-contouring treatments, which use an FDA-cleared laser system to help noninvasively remove fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Lifestyle makeovers go even further with Fountain of Youth Medical Spa’s other services, such as laser hair removal, chemical peels, and beauty injections.
Escape Day Spa co-owners Carrie Wheelock and Alicia Liddon know how therapeutic a day at the spa can be. Wheelock, an experienced massage therapist, has witnessed the restoration and healing power of touch while both giving and receiving massages. Liddon, on the other hand, is not only an aesthetician, but also a wife and mother of three who understands the daily stressors of family life. Her passion for healthy skin has helped ground her and was her inspiration for opening her own skincare clinic.
At the spa's new location in Edgewood, the duo and their team perform treatments that range from multimodality massages and facials with organic Babor products to mother-of-pearl body scrubs and mani-pedis with vegan SpaRitual polish. They also create spa packages that allow romantic couples, pairs of best friends, or celebrities and their egos to enjoy chocolates and champagne while relaxing together.
The expert tress tamers on the New Talent Team at Richard Joseph SalonSpa—Birmingham magazine's 2011 Best of Birmingham winner—snip, style, and color locks with Aveda products. After stylists consult with clients on whether to go for a classic cut or an avant-garde clip, a clarifying and stress-relieving shampoo massages scalps while gently cleansing manes. Next, a stylist reduces hair density and molds follicles into face-framing devices. With the full-color or highlights option, Aveda Hair Color’s 97% naturally derived formula revamps head gardens with vibrant color that either covers every strand or rewards specific locks for not harboring fugitive snakes. A complimentary 20-minute hand or foot massage relaxes appendages and adds a luxurious touch to the salon experience.
Beautiful You Skincare Specialties' owner Sarah Smelley boasts certifications in aesthetic procedures such as dermal leveling, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, allowing her to take on epidermal upkeep with a tailored approach. Custom facials work to diminish blemishes or signs of aging, first by asking nicely, then by cleansing and lacquering faces with restorative products from companies such as Dermalogica and Atache. Chemical peels spark an accelerated exfoliation process that reveals a more youthful complexion, and LED light therapy smoothes out blemishes and boosts collagen production, splashing faces with more multicolored light than a head butt from a rainbow.
Though Honors Salon has been in the same location for nearly three decades, its stylists’ approach to hair care has changed with the times. Up to date on the latest styles, techniques, and ways to turn hair clippings into a renewable form of energy, they create unique looks that are also easy to replicate at home. In doing so, they're backed by high-end products, including those from Redken, Moroccanoil, and Keratin Complex. In addition to standard haircare services, they add extensions, wax away unwanted hair on four body areas, and administer threading on brows.
Within Studio Movie Grill's expansive auditoriums, towering screens enrapture audiences seated in plush leather recliners and at dining tables. As the familiar celebrity faces in blockbuster and cult-classic features deliver Oscar-worthy lines, sneakily quiet waiters deliver meals from a full menu decorated with more than 100 items, including gourmet pizzas, smoked ribs, and cocktails infused with the spirit of Daniel Day-Lewis. Bartenders at the lobby bar dole out glasses of premium liquors, wines, and draft beer before and after shows.
Dragonfly Salon on 7th's highly trained stylists have plenty of room to craft highfalutin hairstyles beneath the arching cathedral ceiling. The superairy salon emanates a posh ambiance—gilt-framed mirrors frame newly cropped or colored hairdos, and art-deco sconces emit a skin-flattering golden light.
Stylists take pride in their title as an Aveda concept salon. Aveda's mostly natural haircare products use ingredients such as wheat protein and organic essential oils to tame manes without harming the environment. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender also scent mani-pedis.
Renee Hughes leads the team at Body Logic Wellness Center, Inc. with a skill set that could put a one-man band to shame—she's a master aesthetician, licensed massage therapist, certified colon hydrotherapist, Endermologie and lipomassage technician, and certified electrologist. Hughes’s team rises to meet her impressive pedigree as they dole out detoxifying wellness treatments, apply eyelash extensions and permanent makeup, and wield lasers to eradicate hair and land-speeders double-parked outside the office.
Skin-care specialists pamper visitors with nourishing skin treatments within a clean, comfortable setting. They specialize in a range of skincare services; facials impart relaxation and bestow skin with a glow rivaled only by a mask made of lightning bugs. They also have advanced training in services such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. During every single treatment, they make a concerted effort to maintain thorough sterilization and sanitation techniques to create a clean, safe, and relaxing atmosphere.
At Glamour Beauty, aestheticians rejuvenate faces and remix eyebrows with a slew of carefully administered salon services. During 10-minute threading sessions, a beautician rolls a cotton thread over eyebrows to remove unwanted hairs with the precision of an eagle armed with a microscope. A 40-minute herbal facial cleanses and exfoliates pores with the aid of a deep-cleansing mask and a gentle facial massage. The herbal-facial procedure may restore elasticity and sheen to dry or aging skin. Similarly, the 60-minute oxygen facial seeks to cultivate a healthier, younger-looking complexion by directly oxygenizing the skin, which encourages cellular renovation and allows skin cells to breathe more easily on the moon.
The barbers and stylists on Butler's executive grooming team are specially trained to deal with the rugged majesty of a man's hair and skin. They use high-end grooming products, such as Jack Black, Molton Brown, and Anthony, to ensure the classiest haircut ($38) possible. The hot towels and pre-shave oils of Butler's signature hot-lather shave ($30) are so relaxing you might need to be pinched when prompted for your choice of straight razor or Mach-3 razor. Escape to the comforts of Butler's manspa while meticulous manicurists rejuvenate your nails ($25). Finally, understanding the symbiotic relationship between a gentleman and his hard shoe, Butler's shoeshiner will give your foot-protecting friends the luster they deserve ($7).
For those seeking to spruce up appearances without surgery, Infinity Med-I-Spa's options are—true to the company's name—virtually infinite. For one, there are its numerous aesthetic lasers, which can remove hair, wrinkles, spider veins, tattoos, Mattel logos, and a range of other blemishes quickly and effectively. Facial treatments ranging from classic microdermabrasion to cutting-edge services such as the VI Peel and the Jet Peel rid pores of impurities and smooth over signs of aging, while medical weight loss services help clients shed inches with meal replacement shakes, medications, and vitamin injections.
Beyond enhancing the outside, the med-spa also helps clients feel better on the inside. Licensed massage therapists ease nagging pains and chronic tension with a range of modalities, from traditional strokes such as Swedish and deep-tissue to Eastern-inspired therapies such as energy work.