At Touch of Good News, located within Head 2 Toe Salon and Spa, licensed massage therapist Teresa Still helps her patients overcome aches and stress with a range of therapies. Her massage repertoire includes Swedish, hot-stone, and scalp techniques, as well as moisturizing treatments.
The licensed therapists at Carolina Health & Wellness restore balance to their clients' bodies with soothing massages and reiki treatments. They call upon the relaxing strokes of Swedish massage or the firm pressures of deep-tissue massage to loosen up muscles and ease tension.
In the late 1920s, the Great Depression was rendering most Americans professionally and financially paralyzed. But in a small California kitchen, Merle Nethercutt Norman was putting a plan in motion to formulate her own skincare products and share them with family and friends. She truly believed in her formulas, knowing that by getting them on as many faces as possible, she would develop a following of customers. She was right?within a few years she and her nephew were opening their first studio in Santa Monica, and they eventually unveiled a series of independently operated stores that enabled women to take ownership during a time of gender-based limitations such as men-only restrooms.
Today, in approximately 2,000 stores across three countries, the three basic principles of Merle's original vision still apply. Each studio is independently owned and fosters an in-depth knowledge of the company's own line of makeup and skincare products. Just as Merle shared her creations with close friends and sallow mannequins more than 80 years ago, today's aestheticians embody the business's "try before you buy" philosophy. A menu of complimentary studio services?from foundation checks to express facials?allows patrons to sample the lauded brand before committing to the purchase of products or full spa treatments.
Housed within an inviting red-brick home, Cassandra?s Family Salon and Day Spa ushers clients into spacious rooms filled with natural light. Hair services commence at sleek white porcelain shampooing stations, and facials and body-sculpting treatments transpire in private treatment rooms dimmed by sturdy curtains. The salon also comprises a toddler-friendly playroom with books, toys, and a racecar activity rug where kids can get an early start on parallel-parking skills.
Melissa Johnson loves to make women feel gorgeous. It's a passion she cultivated in her native Boston, where she trained at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, racking up 100 hours training in eyelash application and earning certification from Xtreme Lashes. In that time, Johnson learned how to analyze the anatomy of each eye and how to tailor applications to each client's cheekbones, jawline, and second nose. The schooling paid off, with her talents meriting features in Boston Weddings magazine and on styleboston television.
Today, Johnson runs Glance in Concord. During the same lash applications that took Beantown by storm, Johnson attaches individual semipermanent extensions to each of the client's natural lashes, adding volume and definition like a book-of-the month club that only offers dictionaries. On the other end of the hair spectrum, Glance smoothes skin with a host of waxing services. To extend the beautification to the entire visage, Johnson is currently building a menu of invigorating facials that already includes the PYT facial, which wrangles electric currents that infuse faces with botanical palliatives to send wrinkles packing.
Elements Salon and Day Spa represents the power of community. Its staff is comprised of independent specialists, all of whom continue to hone their talents in a shared space?a quaint salon that, on the outside, resembles a house on a small hill. Its team members combine their skill sets into a melting pot of cosmetic services that include precision haircuts, color services with Goldwell products, and special-occasion updos. Meanwhile, a nail technician prepares digits for vigorous handshakings with mani-pedis and acrylics and a waxing specialist leaves skin smooth and fuzz-free.
Given their emphasis on collaboration and solidarity, it's no surprise that the staff of Elements Salon and Day Spa also host benefits for the community at large. For example, they raise funds for breast-cancer awareness through an annual bake sale, where they dole out desserts, cotton candy, and discounted pink hair extensions.