The beauty experts at Plethora of Design glamorize nails with comprehensive mani-pedis. The 75-minute treatment begins with a cuticle treatment, which softens nail beds with soothing elixirs and heartwarming pictures of puppies dressed as flowers. Next, technicians buff and shape careworn talons before swaddling hands with steaming towels to open pores. After feet lounge in a mini hot tub, technicians load them with moisturizers and loosen muscles with a gentle massage. The renovations culminate with a glimmering coat of polish on fingers and toes. For an additional cost, guests may upgrade manicures to include a paraffin-wax hand dip ($7) and Shellac polish ($8).
Until humans invent a tissue large enough to blow the earth's nose, it's important that our planet stays in good condition. Luckily, Meg Allen Salon uses Aveda products, which are made with organic botanical ingredients and produced with minimal impact to our environment. All the spa's waste products are recycled, and the staff participates in community conservation projects. Guests can also gain insight into the the spa's water conservation techniques while enjoying their haircut, waxing treatment, or swift makeup application.
Licensed massage therapist Torey Mathews sends calming ripples across muscle ponds during customizable massages. During sessions, Torey unleashes a choice of relaxing or therapeutic strokes that whittle down tension while minimizing aches from sports injuries, pregnancy, or sleeping on a walnut. Each session can be scheduled on the easy-to-follow online interface, which allows patrons to book appointments Monday–Saturday.
The experienced staff at Envy Salon Studio craft designs for all their subjects, from romantic updos to teased, futuristic styles that come with their own jetpacks. Wielding Paul Mitchell products at both on-location events and in the salon, they amiably attend to each client during simple snips or in-depth bridal styling, working with clients one-on-one to make their vision a reality.
After working for two decades in pharmaceutical sales, lifelong animal lover Maggie Joyner knew it was time to follow a vocation closer to her heart. After trading in her medication samples for a pair of clippers, she founded Hair of the Dog Wash and Groom Salon. She immediately set to work making her grooming room as stress-free as possible for her canine customers.
As one means of accomplishing this goal, she installed hydraulic-lift fiberglass tubs and tables designed to accommodate large or aging animals without having to restrain them by the neck. A Clipper Vac professional grooming system was the next addition, allowing Maggie’s combs and clippers to comfortably remove matted fur and bones buried beneath dense overcoats. Today, when she isn’t busy combing through fur or clipping nails, Maggie continues to demonstrate her love for animals by finding new, permanent homes for foster dogs.
Technicians at Studio 49 Artistic Salon & Spa swiftly confiscate unwanted fuzz using waxes customized to hair type. Cirepil wax blankets soft hair on the face, giving a firm hug to each fine strand before swiping it away like a mother bear protecting its cubs from partially hydrogenated oils. Technicians also call in Cirepil wax when tackling coarse hair on the underarms and bikini line for easier mop removal and smooth, healthy skin. Extensive waxing for Brazilians and Man-Zillians leaves nether regions completely bare, reducing drag for more realistic performance art about spawning salmon.
Cura Novo proprietor Natha Thompson beautifies faces and bodies in tranquil, private settings at both D'Vons Salon & Day Spa in Eagle River and Envy Salon Studio in Wasilla. Using all-natural Cosmedix products, she can work to correct brown spots and other skin complaints or perform soothing relaxation facials. She can also add lash extensions one by one to enhance eyes, or keep their skin surfaces smooth via waxing treatments.