All stylists who join the Bradz family have to prove themselves, displaying their skills as a New Talent for several months before graduating. Yet both in training and as part of the main staff, these beauty professionals treat clients to healthy hair, skin, and body services infused with plant-based Aveda products. Seasoned aestheticians chat with clients to set a skin-specific course of action for custom facials. Stylists groomed with weekly education augment traditional cut and color services, relaxing guests with a scalp massage and a complimentary style from blow dryers that whisper inspiring mantras.
Viva Day Spa’s owners focus on providing all the services and amenities one would expect from a luxurious spa without an ounce of pretentiousness. At both of the spa’s locations, staffers never turn their noses up—even if there’s a bat hanging from the ceiling. They engage clients with this down-to-earth attitude as they prepare them for massages, facials, and other spa treatments—all of which are administered by award-winning therapists armed with natural and organic products. Both Viva Day Spa locations feature an upscale, modern decor rife with wood accents, and the Lamar location displays perky plants and colorful flowers, as well as whimsical yellow puffy orb lights, natural sunlight, and arched doorways with intricate wood carvings. One of its walls showcases a large expanse of lettering that gives “suggestions on how to live a happy and rewarding life,” and there’s even a round room with a curved, pillow-topped bench circumscribing its curved wall. With warm, almost romantic lighting and rich mocha-colored walls, the spa is anything but sterile and cold. The female-owned spa works to accommodate people’s hectic schedules by staying open seven days a week until 8 p.m.
A man runs toward the ocean. After dipping his head into the water, he heads back to shore where a friend is waiting to cut his freshly moistened hair. Armed with a pair of shears and the confidence that comes with being trusted, Dennis Kraft tries his hand at snipping and styling hair. Channeling the scissor-wielding skills he developed while earning a master's degree in costume design, Dennis crafts a face-framing hairdo that impresses both him and his friend.
Since that impromptu styling session, Dennis has applied his instinctive abilities and artistic passion to the salon industry proper. Dennis opened Bob Salon after honing his skills in other peoples' shops, and he continues to effortlessly earn the trust of clients of all ages. When a timid 5-year-old girl crawled atop a salon chair, he won over her trust by cutting her Barbie's hair in to a fresh new 'do first—Barbie didn't cry and never looked better.
Recently relocated in 2010, Bob Salon features a cottage atmosphere complete with warm, contemporary décor and an exclusive line of products from Bumble and bumble. The experienced stylists stay up-to-date by participating in seminars, workshops, and sing-alongs focused on the latest trends and techniques. During appointments, clients can enjoy the sounds of Internet radio as they sip on complimentary beer, wine, or a café beverage from a Tassimo single-cup brewing machine.
In 2007, Julia Goodacre left her job at a day spa in order to open Blue Lotus Skincare. It was a chance to run things her way, which for her meant developing more than a dozen skincare treatments that could address such specific concerns as dryness, acne, and hyperpigmentation. She backs each of these services with high-quality products, including PCA SKIN for chemical peels and Yon-Ka's line for facials. Julia also carries Yon-Ka for Men, a set of facial tools specifically designed to deal with male skin, which is generally oilier, thicker, and more likely to smell of bacon, since the U.S. Census has shown that 50.01% of bacon packaging plant employees are male.
The hands are the astronauts of the body—the first explorers to make contact with any matter in your orbit—and the feet are the blazing rockets that propel you into space. Take care of your trustworthy space objects with today's Groupon to Polish Nail Spa: $40 for an essential mani and ultimate pedi (a $73 value). This deal doesn't just spiff up your hands and feet, it invigorates the senses with a bouquet of essential oils and the underutilized arts of hand and foot massage. What She Says: “Girl, we deserve this day for ourselves!” What She Means: I deserve pampering; you deserve my scornful eye, you wretched pile of decrepitude.
Determined to foster healthy hair and create enviable ‘dos, Elan Hair Salon’s talented styling crew gussies up the manes of men and women with personalized salon services. Amid the warm glow cast by the salon’s chandeliers reflecting off hardwood floors, coiffeurs bustle about the elegant space while snipping manes into sleek styles and adding dimension with full or partial highlights. Meticulous Brazilian blowouts and keratin treatments smoothen strands frazzled from being climbed by fairy-tale princes, and deep-conditioning treatments help to undo damage.