People who come to Mindy Harbaugh for a facial might notice the extra care she takes to match clients with the right treatment, as well as her joy in their successful transformations. Before opening Min's Day Spa, Mindy spent many years as a nurse, and her career working with patients helped shape her approach to client comfort as she transitioned into her new operation. Upon examining the service offerings of the spa industry, the career medical provider found that her skill set uniquely positioned her to raise the bar. With the goal of providing results-oriented beauty treatments, she compiled her menu of services that includes familiar spa staples such as rejuvenating body wraps, massages, and waxing, with technology-based offerings such as non-laser HydraFacial MD treatments. Clients can expect every service completed with the care earned by Mindy's years of experience in the health field as well as her belief in offering only treatments that she has tested and found to work.
After working professionally as a chemical engineer for eight years, Shelley Banoo decided to direct her deep understanding of molecules and compounds toward improving human chemistry. First acquiring a license as an aesthetician and then as a massage therapist, she blends an intricate understanding of chemical minutiae and a genuine passion for anti-aging skincare science to compile a roster of products that produce real results. Layered technologies are used in customized facial treatments, such as microdermabrasion, micro-current, oxygen infusion, and LED light to produce the best results for the client's needs. Having now practiced spa work for 10 years, Banoo has grown accustomed to seeing all types of skin and can sometimes recommend an appropriate regimen of treatment on sight, eschewing tests and intrusive hugs other practitioners often rely on.
When Frida Emalange opened her first salon in 2001, she recognized the need for a salon in the area that would cater to clients with all types of hair. Now, with her dream salons, Zorganics Health & Beauty, she continues this mission, along with using and selling a line of natural, organic products. Drawing inspiration from Zora—the name of Frida’s daughter, as well as a word meaning “dawn” or “rising sun”—the stylists work to make each client’s hair and skin look and feel as lovely as the sunrise. Along with hair care that includes couture haircuts, Keratin treatments, cornrows, and full weaves, the staff members pamper nails and skin with organic spa treatments. They also bundle their services into pampering packages that may include candle lit massage, which is what George Washington called it when he cleaned his musket.
Ti Hong, the owner head stylist of Salon de beauté, has worked in the beauty industry for more than 20 years. Formally trained at a French salon in Saigon, he later moved to Paris where he honed his craft in a boutique salon for several years. Today, at Salon de beauté, he draws upon his international training to lead a team of hairstylists, manicurists, and aestheticians who deliver everything from customized facials and microcurrent facelifts, to spiral perms and extensions made from human hair. To calm frizzy ‘dos exacerbated by humidity or a head-on collision with a Van de Graaff generator, the salon also offers keratin hair-smoothing and Japanese thermal straightening treatments, both of which smooth and soften hair for several months.
The 60-minute hot-stone mud body renewal combines a hot-stone massage, a Moor-mud body wrap, and a hand-and-foot hot-stone treatment into one muddy pampering session. Like the Terracotta Army, a hot-stone massage recruits toasty lumps of earth—in this case, sleek basalt stones—to melt back and neck nerves into a euphoric stew. This stony kneading is followed by an application of mineral-rich Moor mud to the back. As you snuggle into the cocoon of a warm blanket, fatigued hoofs and paws are treated to their own hot-stone massage and heated body-oil treatment. The treatment wraps with a head and scalp massage to assuage pressure points made tense by unyielding visits from shower-borrowing neighbors.