The roster of high-quality salon and beauty products used at Adorn Salon and Boutique includes Schwarzkopf Professional Products, Punky Colour, Bröö Craft Beer Body & Haircare, and Mineral Fusion Cosmetics. The lineup of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians is equally impressive. They include aesthetician Holly Morrison, who was named the best aesthetician in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC 2012 reader's poll. Typical salon services, such as cuts, coloring, and nail care, are offered alongside more unique treatments including dreadlock maintenance, custom facials, and brow and lash tinting.
A licensed massage therapist and the president of Studio Rejuvenate, Hunter Jones worked as a registered nurse for years before returning to school to learn the stress-melting techniques of massage. He calls upon his wealth of academic and medical experience to ease chronic pain and tension alongside a team of fellow therapists trained in various massage modalities, from the gentle strokes of Swedish to the firm taps of Morse-code lullabies. Hunter and his team also treat soreness or recurring pain with reflexology techniques that target pressure points and deep-tissue strokes that run against the grain of muscles to break up knots of tension. Regardless of the modality you choose, expect to receive expert tips on at-home exercises to help you to further manage pain.
When their own nimble fingers are not enough, Studio Rejuvenate’s massage therapists enhance the efficacy of their treatments with heated pebbles, soothing aromatherapy, and hot or cold therapy courtesy of Biofreeze products. They pride themselves on soothing backs and shoulders of all ages and even dispatch outcall services to those who prefer to remain at home.
Equilibrium Zen Gym's holistic healers continually study traditional Chinese medicine to get the knowledge required to strengthen physiques, not just by treating clients' symptoms, but by healing the root of their problems. Equilibrium's staff of soothers includes George Gantt, who became a Tai Chi enthusiast after a knee injury during his college years, and Ingrid Harris, who left a lengthy career in the business world to become a licensed massage therapist
During the center's reflexology treatment, Harris manipulates specific points on the feet to increase the energy flow in the rest of the body, while acutapping balances out chi. Vacuum suction teams with carefully placed cups during the massage cupping, which can increase circulation and prime soft tissue for the absorption of liniments and essential oils.
A dynamic team of 15 stylists, two aestheticians, and two massage therapists powers a diverse slate of services at Trilogy Salon and Spa. Besides basic cuts and color, stylists dole out treatments for a wide range of hair textures, from smoothing treatments for frizz to relaxers for Slinky hair. Stylist Brandy Ray sculpts, colors, and retextures strands, informed by five years of hair-beautifying experience. In private treatment rooms, other staff provide mani-pedis, facials, and reflexology, as well as ear candling and seaweed body wraps.
Rather than staying cooped up in a cramped massage room, Angela Faith Hollis takes table and chair massages to her clients' homes, offices, and hotels. She relies on her intuition and more than 12 years of experience as a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist to untangle tense knots. Her repertoire of modalities consists of traditional approaches, such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, as well as lesser known Hawaiian lomi lomi and Shiatsu techniques. She also offers ayurvedic Indian head massages that help to alleviate headaches and keep coiffures lush and healthy like a well-massaged lawn. When she isn't mending muscles, Angela passes along her knowledge during couples massage classes.
Readers of the Greenville News cast their votes and named The Spa at West End the "Best Day Spa" in both 2012 and 2013. In addition to eight-hour pampering packages, the spa also offers facials, full-service hair and nail services, and makeup services. For an additional fee clients can clean up afterwards with a Vichy shower, which allows patrons to recline on a cushioned table while warm water pours over their bodies. Finally, complimentary steam-room visits and custom-blended aromatherapy oils ensure that the spa remains a relaxing retreat.