Studio owner and operator Billyne Dowdy has over 20 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist and is a member of the top–ranked Odyssey Nail Systems team in the NAILPRO Cup standings for outstanding beauticians. Get nails beautified and fortified with Dowdy’s gel manicure, a 15- to 30-minute session that bequeaths nails a shiny polish that can last three to four weeks with no chipping or fading and thereby safely increase the strength of the natural nail. The polish also dries nearly instantaneously, giving the digits immediate ability to grasp a quarter without smudging Paul Revere’s engraved face or cheerfully cheerlead at the day’s paper football matches.
Locey Swim & Spa's knowledgeable staff members help people keep their paddling puddles clean and ready for activity with a wide array of chemicals and accessories. Dissolve Durachlor granular chlorine ($89 for 20 lbs.) in pools to keep aqua clean and clear, or sic Locey Swim & Spa's own nonchlorine Clear & Swim oxidizer ($79 for 12 lbs.) on feral packs of bacteria, contaminants, and algae. Locey's selection of water games and toys includes Aquaria pool floats ($89) and jumbo noodles ($11), which keep bodies buoyant in belly-flop-induced squalls. The aquatic authorities at Locey Swim & Spa will also hand-test water for free and craft a custom chemical routine to keep water as clear as an eloquent jellyfish.
Perfect Image Salon, an Aveda Concept salon, is concerned with taking that extra step to ensure that patrons feel pampered and are able to decompress from the outside world. That's why guests sip cups of complimentary tea, infused with peppermint and licorice root, as they wait for a waxing service or settle in for a shampoo, conditioning, and stress-relieving Blue Oil neck massage. The salon's custom facials, which utilize Aveda's plant-based products, always begin with a footbath, and their makeup products are made from ingredients such as Brazilian nut-seed pigment, cinnamon from Madagascar, and the tears of ripe berries with pure hearts.
To make each experience truly relaxing, Perfect Image Salon lets guests pick a complimentary service to enjoy during their visits: a soothing neck and shoulder massage, a hand massage, an aromatic steam towel during their shampoo, or a makeup touch-up at the end of the reservation
A picture of a serene pond dappled with water lilies seems to imbue the treatment room at Trocoa Skin Acumen with the calm of a woodland hideaway. Candles glow by the floral bedspread and the gray-green walls, chasing stress from clients' minds as aestheticians pamper skin with custom facials that treat a range of conditions. The Urban Renewal facial, for example, uses the powerful antioxidant vitamin C to reverse sun and environmental damage caused by bathing in radiation in order to gain superpowers. Fruit acids shrink blemishes during the Defiant Acne facial, and the sensitive-skin facial likewise channels natural ingredients, including chamomile and green tea.
Though the spa's staff members specialize in these examples of noninvasive skincare, they also administer chemical peels, waxing services, permanent makeup, and teeth-whitening treatments.
After years of working in stressful managerial jobs, Rebecca Brancheau took a step back and decided to pursue a career that allowed her to take better care of herself?and others. In 2007, she enrolled in Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and learned myriad ways to manipulate the muscles, including Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial-release, and reflexology massage techniques. She also learned to keep her internal battery fully charged through tai chi, yoga, and good nutrition.
Although Claudia Sosulski's memories of lavender fields in France inspired her latest spa, Lavender Garden Day Spa—as reported by MLive—it has been her more than seven years as a massage therapist that inspired her to offer a range of healing spa services. This includes deep-cleansing facials with Elina Organics, handmade skincare products, infrared sauna sessions to naturally detoxify bodies, and custom massage sessions in an ashiatsu therapy room.