As one of the co-owners of Velvet Rose Beauty Bar, LaPonda McArthur brings 23 years of experience in cosmetology when helping clients look and feel their best. Under the care of experienced hands, clients can shed dead ends and update their ’dos with designer cuts and styles. In addition, the salon keeps appendages polished with mani-pedis, chases away tension with massages, and smoothes flyaway follicles with blow-dries.
When the rest of Erika’s middle-school classmates filled the seats around her with trendy hairdos, Erika was still wearing elementary-era pigtails. Determined to transform her tresses, she tried her own hand at hairstyling and quickly found her niche. Soon, she was dispensing her talents on the heads of family and friends, which led to a job as a 14-year-old shampoo assistant—even Michael Jordan didn’t go pro that fast. Today, she’s a full-blown stylist with 16 years of experience. At Create the Beautiful, Erika spends her days taming clients’ manes with keratin straightening treatments, face-flattering haircuts, and highlights that might match the bright-yellow walls of her salon. Erika also offers other spa services such as facials designed to make the skin appear youthful and rejuvenated with deep exfoliations, massage, extractions, and deep cleansing masks.
Shie'ree Saunders of Shie'ree's Natural Nail Care beautifies finger and toes with manicures and pedicures and releases soothed sighs with a variety of massage modalities. Technicians trim, buff, and shape nails to prepare them for cloaks of polish, and fingers and toes wiggle cheerily as they are painted with the color of the patron's choice. After selecting a massage technique, patrons unwind on a table as experienced hands melt away the stress from shifts as a bodyguard for twirling plates. Warm, smooth stones exorcize tension in the hot-stone massage, and the Swedish massage’s long, gentle strokes let muscles drink in relaxation deeply. Deep-tissue kneads untangle stubborn spinal knots amid the salon's gold accents and merlot-hued walls. Plush red and brown carpets pamper newly colorful toes in the glow of paper lamps, and gilt-framed mirrors let patrons admire their relaxed visages or think back to when humans lived in small gilt boxes.
Retreat to SaSa's beautiful sanctuary, located in Bolton Hill, and feel the pressures of the outside world dissolve. Your 60-minute massage treatment (an $85 value) combines circulatory and deep-tissue techniques to ply tight spots back to soothedness. The 30-minute signature foot treatment (a $42.50 value) features a three-step method to soften, invigorate, and relax feet using a blend of essential oils. At the end of your approximately hour-and-a-half-long treatment, you'll emerge with the vigor and zest of a sixth grader on the last day of school.
At Skin Deep Day Spa, aesthetician Nicole Ligons renders dull skin supple and glowing with renowned Dermalogica products. Her versatile treatments—which range from facials to therapies for much less important body parts—can improve skin’s overall appearance and tone or tackle particular epidermal anomalies.
At Neal's, a team of highly trained pampering professionals apply the latest age- and ache-combating techniques to restore beauty and bliss to flushed faces and embattled backs. During the customized, one-hour European facial, an aesthetician will perform an analysis of the frumpled face in question before administering a thorough cleansing and exfoliating vegetable peel to exorcise the ear-framed masterpiece of dead, dry skin cells (a $70 value). Afterward, a facial massage kneads away tenderness and eases facial stress brought on by years of awkward elevator small talk.