The salon's decor is total vintage with leather furniture, zebra-print accent pillows, and vinyl records hanging on the wall. But just because the decor is retro, doesn't meant the styling is. A hair guru can craft a classic wave, or go mod with a pixie cut and vibrant color. Guests may also undergo refreshing facials, mani-pedis, Novalash eyelash extensions, makeup application, or airbrush tanning services.
The team of massage therapists behind Bodies Kneaded have more than two decades of experience among them. They draw on that expertise to treat issues ranging from sports injuries to pains associated with pregnancy. In addition to custom-tailored massages, they relax visitors with skin-smoothing salt scrubs and mud wraps. Appointments are available at two locations—one in Glen Carbon, one in Granite City. At the Glen Carbon location, aestheticians also perform diamond microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and other skincare services.
The Relax Retreat’s staff reinvigorates world-weary visages with 50-minute Retreat facials, performed in a tranquil scarlet- and cream-hued setting studded with verdant foliage. A thorough cleansing rids mugs of impurities, environmental pollutants, and soot from remodeling chimney interiors into functional arenas. The skincare technician then exfoliates outdated skin cells, leaving epidermises smooth, supple, and receptive to fresh cellular growth. A mask coats faces with a refreshing blend of vitamins and minerals, and applications of toner and moisturizer reduce the appearance of pores and bedeck countenances in a radiant, healthy glow. To complete the skin-soothing session, an experienced massage therapist delivers a relaxing face, neck, hand, and arm massage that disperses tension faster than overlaying a polka soundtrack on a courtroom drama.
Pretty N Posh adds panache to traditional teen and preteen pastimes with confidence-boosting mani-pedis, performed within a girly, multicolored salon space ($30 each). Catering to divas age 17 and under, Pretty N Posh lets young ladies upkeep their limbs with a one-hour ice-cream-sundae mani-pedi, which employs hypoallergenic ME! Bath products and begins with a relaxing hand and foot soak in chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla ice-cream-shaped bath salts.
D's Yoga Home's certified instructors and holistic healers foster a community of mind-and-body wellness with eclectic yoga classes. Like Baldwin brothers, the schedule boasts diversity and features varying levels of difficulty, including introductory classes designed to acquaint fledgling flexers with the basic poses, proper alignment, and breathing techniques. Mixed-level classes hone strength and endurance with Vinyasa-inspired flowing poses, whereas restorative practices utilize supportive props to nurture the body during hip openers and back bends.
Imagine someone approaches with a smoothie made of organic peaches, blueberries, or mangoes, but instead of offering you a taste they gently spread its contents across your forehead and massage the sweet aromas into your skin. This surreal daydream happens daily at Pure Elegance Spa, where aestheticians devoted to organic skincare nourish complexions with their six signature fruit-smoothie facials and other treatments designed to nurse skin to optimal health. Oxygen therapy revives dull skin in tandem with parsley and cucumber, and microdermabrasion promotes cellular turnover deep within the dermis using an exfoliant of pears and poppy seeds. Beyond edible ingredients, many services also blend in products by Éminence Organic Skin Care—a Hungarian line that heals signs of aging and ushers toxins from the face and body without relying on chemicals or additives.
Those who prefer to save their appetite for later can skip the chocolate and margarita manicures in favor of airbrush makeup or waxing services that clear away fuzz on the face and body. Ocular enhancements include Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions that add natural-looking drama, as well as an eye rescue treatment that aims to save peepers from puffiness, crow's feet, and madcap pokes from nearby Stooges.