Awarded Readers' Choice for Best Salon from the Aurora Sentinel in 2009, Saddle Rock employs a squad of knowledgeable staffers to help keep muscles relaxed and tresses and skin living up to their pulchritudinous potential. Opt for a women's haircut and color ($104) or a women's haircut and partial or full highlight ($116 and $136, respectively) to keep your noggin from feeling ashamed and hiding under stocking caps during business meetings. Patrons can also select virgin or retouch relaxers ($135 and $120 when bundled with women's cuts) for 'dos newly restored to the straight-and-narrow. Saddle Rock's ample supply of Redken ($4–$28), Eufora ($10–$26) and DermOrganic ($10–$50) products help preserve the relationship between humans and their head pets even away from the salon.
Britany Gomez and her team of stylists and aestheticians have a handle on hair—but not just the hair on the head. The staff also attends to eyelashes with thick, full extensions and rids skin of unwanted hair with waxing services. Alongside a full lineup of keratin treatments, corrective color services, and cuts, the team bestows full days of me time with organic facial peels and makeup applications.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
Gaylan Roth knows pain. At the age of 10, his mother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and he would often try to relieve her ailments with gentle yet therapeutic massage. Seeing the way his own hands could take away some of her suffering, Gaylan decided to pursue massage therapy as a career in order to bring the same type of relief and healing to others.
Today, he augments traditional Swedish and deep-tissue massage with aromatherapy and tension-melting hot stones, which are placed upon acupressure points to loosen muscles and melt any icebergs clients have accidentally swallowed. On select evenings, his therapists use their hands to deliver simultaneous stress melting during couples massages or safe and therapeutic relief during prenatal sessions. The spa’s treatments are designed to alleviate ailments ranging from anxiety to migraines, though all services are custom tailored to treat the unique needs of every client.
No stylist can work at the award-winning Hair Rx Salon and Skin Care in Aurora without being a master. This is because they only hire master stylists that have at least five years of experience, a practice that has made them known as the place to go for expert color, haircut, and extension services and won them awards such as Best Hair Salon 2010 in the Aurora Sentinel. Stylists at the full-service Locks of Love salon know their way around everything from highlights and low-lights to full multi-dimensional foils, color correction, and color glazing. They also lay down their scissors and monogramed combs to offer treatments such as facial waxing and makeup application. And using Wella International products, the team of beauty professionals make certain each client walks out of Hair Rx with a flattering, on-trend new ‘do.
Ali and Garrett may in some regards be total opposites of each other—she owns 75 pairs of high heels, while he longs to only wear the same jeans and T-shirt—but their different views come together when capturing weddings and other special moments. And their clients must agree, as they've been nominated for a 2013 Best of The Knot award.
They use Colorado's natural beauty to their full advantage when shooting photos, showcasing a couple canoodling together in a rowboat on an empty lake while an immense forest of evergreens stands in the background, or letting natural light stream between newlyweds, framing their faces.