Missy Acra first sharpened her shears and her skills at a Regis salon before diving into the fast-paced environment at Great Clips. As each day presented her with a frenzy of new 'dos, she developed a fondness for clippers, razors, and edgy cuts. She took this experience with her to Empire Beauty School, where she spent four years as an instructor, introducing new stylists to the many facets of the salon industry. Missy helped her students hone their skills but realized they still needed guidance after graduation, so she opened M-Salon to give them a head start in the real world.
Today, Missy draws on 10 years of experience to guide her former students as they craft flattering looks and nurture damaged tresses amid steel-blue walls, wooden floors, and shelves lined with products. In addition to hair services, her stylists also beautify nails, wax unwanted fuzz, and design custom wigs with drag-reducing spoilers.
EcuaBella Skin Care Spa owner Geovanna Ortega believes that the impact of cosmetic treatments can be more than skin-deep. “Caring for our appearance and looking our best helps us feel better about ourselves," she writes on her spa’s website. A licensed aesthetician herself, Ortega works with her staff to help inspire this sense of confidence in her clients.
Many of EcuaBella’s treatments incorporate organic skincare products or advanced cosmetic technology like that which astronauts use before press conferences. Ultrasound waves and LED light can lend their salutary benefits to facials, helping to improve circulation, even out skin tone, and conceal signs of fine lines and wrinkles. The jade rollers of thermal massage beds are gently heated with far infrared heat before they start to knead muscles, helping relieve tense joints.
The nimble-handed stylists at Apex Hair Salon Inc. trim and color manes pampered with Matrix styling products. Groupon holders can choose the first option and go natural with a chic new haircut and style; alternatively, after a spin of the color wheel, an expert hue enhancer will give hair a reason to get out of bed in the morning with a partial highlight or a full color. Clients can sink into plush leather seats and bask in the latticed light of picture windows while tiny particles of dye claim follicular stakes like Christopher Columbus did when he docked his ship at Vidal Sassoon's swimming pool. Scissor-wielders shape mops into a 'do of the client's choice before blow-drying and styling tresses in preparation for a night on the town. Groupon customers can upgrade their services as long as they either pay the difference or transform their hair clippings into travelers' checks.
At Adjustments & Acupuncture, Doctor of Chiropractic Deb Hirabai uses more than 14 years of acupuncture experience to guide her patients toward active lifestyles. A recipient of such treatments herself, Dr. Hirabai zeroes in on everyday disorders while drawing on methods such as spinal corrections, applied kinesiology, and traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal formulas. Most treatments begin with a comprehensive exam, which allows her to map out a personalized solution for each patient rather than relying on a cloth map of Middle Earth.