In addition to taking appointments, Bella Dona Beauty & Cosmetics strives to accommodate clients’ busy schedules straightaway with a team of technicians at the ready during all open hours. Personnel whisk walk-ins directly to seats for makeup applications with Smashbox or bareMinerals products and personalized facials.
Aisha Temple, owner and operator of Temple Aesthetics The Sacred Skin Care Studio, combines aesthetic expertise with a passion for herbal and holistic wellness in her natural-beauty services. In addition to being a licensed aesthetician and manicurist, Temple is a member of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, a natural fit for someone with a background in herbalism. Advanced microdermabrasion and light-therapy treatments even skin tone and discoloration while reducing the appearance of fine lines, and botanically enriched facial treatments for men and women soothe skin. As a certified oncology aesthetician, Temple tends to cancer patients with organic and natural oncology skincare designed especially to ease chemotherapy’s effects on the skin by using healing touch and herbs. In addition to working from her low-lit, brick-walled hideaway, Temple offers mobile beauty services for bridal parties, private events, and sports teams looking to bond on the road.
Within the tranquil, century-old walls of the Belvedere house, the staff of The Secret Spa & Salon beautify bodies from the toes up. Hair stylists transform coifs with Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf products, as owner Richelle enhances natural nails with OPI, CND, and Gelish polish or extensions made from acrylic, silk, or fiberglass. A massage therapist eases tension with hot stones, aromatic oils, and custom pressure, and Dermalogica skincare experts clear complexions with relaxing facials that combat fine lines, acne, and premature aging. The spa also uses Jane Iredale makeup products.
Built in 1905 by the same architect behind the historic Biltmore house, Belvedere—which is part of the historic society—now has a slightly more modern feel thanks to the spa's staff, who accented its wood floors and abundant natural light with green plants and paintings by local artists. The multigabled house also boasts a projecting bay window, which makes an ideal spot for drying nail polish or testing the reflective properties of freshly waxed skin.
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.
As visitors to Spa Theology slip into plush robes and slippers and nibble organic treats in the relaxation lounge, stress falls away—so does the rest of the outside world. Evoking a secluded country farmhouse perpetually filled with warm, late-afternoon light and truckloads of all-organic crops, the spa spirits guests away to a realm of rough brick walls, creamy curtains, and recessed nooks glowing with tea lights. Once pamperees have reached at least a level eight on the ahhmeter, they're ushered into a treatment room to be plied with only botanically-based, paraben-free salves.
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When Jen Phumin and her mentor Janice Jones—a 40-year veteran of the beauty industry—opened their salon, they chose the name Salon Dragonfly because of the dragonfly's association with change, adventure, and prosperity in Asian culture. Together with a staff of trained stylists, they seek to fulfill their clients' desire for transformation. After consulting with guests, stylists use Aveda products during trims, formal styling, and color treatments. As they work, the salon's expansive windows bathe stylists in natural light, and dragonfly artwork and sage-hued walls inspire tranquility.