Under the leadership of founder Christie Shumate, the licensed aestheticians at Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center perform custom skin treatments with detailed analysis. Shumate was inspired to form Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center after paying a visit to a plastic surgeon who, she discovered, donated his summer months to helping those who couldn't otherwise afford treatment to recover from burns, as well as working with children who were born with facial defects. She brought together a collection of less-risky aesthetic services designed to help her clients look and feel good about themselves, and now her staff offers laser cellulite reduction, custom facials, organic chemical peels, ear candling, and aqua foot detox.
Body in Balance Studio’s neutral tones engender peace and clarity, and it is in that atmosphere that owner Pamela Smith and a staff of licensed therapists work to extricate stress from muscles. After consulting with clients, therapists personalize massage sessions with techniques such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. They can add aromatherapy to promote relaxation the way the smell of hot coffee makes it easier to wake up and the scent of gasoline makes it easier to know something's wrong with the wedding. The team also renders spa treatments—such as facials and waxing—to groom exteriors, and they host occasional yoga classes in a sage-green room.
Aesthetician Jamie Hoffman, the resident skincare expert at Body Balance Studio, has worked with every kind of skin: sensitive, acne-prone, dry, or glowing. Jamie analyzes each client's façade to determine which of her skincare services is the best fit, and then she soothes face-scapes with a carefully chosen facial or peel. In addition to facials and waxing for women, Jamie also performs a Gentlemen's facial specifically designed for men's skin, which tends to be rougher than women's and more prone to getting clogged with tiny footballs.
If Suntana’s staff of tanning specialists seems particularly knowledgeable about their trade, it may be because many of them are dedicated tanners as well. They draw on a combination of firsthand experience and industry know-how to help their clients achieve rich, golden skin tones courtesy of customized spray tans and three levels of UV tanning beds. Their expert guidance—along with moisturizing lotions from brands such as Designer Skin and Australian Gold—helps protect against the risks associated with overexposure or lowering oneself into a deep fryer.
At Glowing Skin & Nails, Shannon Tzikas has a knack for making her guests look and feel beautiful. And her skill comes not from applying makeup or altering their appearance, but rather by uncovering the fresh, healthy skin beneath. She customizes facials to suit her clients' individual needs, whether they have issues with acne, need to relax, or want to beat a newborn baby in a Most Youthful-Looking Skin competition. She also provides microdermabrasions to slough off dead skin and therapeutic masks to rejuvenate it.
Within the cream and burgundy oasis that is Euphoria Body Salon, a team of beautifiers with more than 50 years of combined experience get to work primping, pampering, and painting. Nail technicians administer mani-pedis decadent enough to warrant names like "whipped strawberry," handing each client a glass of bubbly before massaging hands and slicking them with polish. Dermaplane facials resurface tired fa?ades, and hairstylists cut and color the coifs of women, men, and children.