Named 2011's Best Makeover Maven by Richmond magazine, Design One Salon & Spa's team of talented stylists, certified massage therapists, and estheticians converges under one roof to rejuvenate and beautify clients with a comprehensive array of services. An aggressive in-house training regimen places associate stylists at the elbow of a master, who enlightens them on the precise art of updating clients’ looks with cuts, extensions, and colors. They emphasize communication and customize all services to fit each individual's needs. The staff also demonstrate their devotion to exacting optimal services by welcoming feedback and suggestions in the form of email or notes.
There once was a time where the only way to get a gilded glow was to expose skin to harmful UV rays. Thanks to advances in spray-tan technology, the staff members at Bronze Ambition Custom Airbrush Tanning have honed their skills at the safe, effective alternative—sunless tanning. These trained professionals use the top-of-the-line South Seas solution, which coats the skin with a customized hue tailored to each client's individual skin tone. The result is a tan that looks natural and lasts for up to 10 days. A trip to Bronze Ambition goes by as quickly as the time Einstein took his SATs, as the application of formula can take as little as five minutes.
Our mission is to create a fusion between a relaxing day spa and a personalized medical aesthetics facility, providing both physical and mental rejuvenation. Through our advanced laser and aesthetic technology, our expertly trained staff, and our lines of elite products, we have bridged the continuum of inner wellness to external beauty.
The seasoned select stylists of A New Identity Hair Salon morph outmoded ’dos into fashionable follicles. Treat stressed strands to a tranquilizing shampoo, cut, and style ($20/men, $33/women), or clear nesting sparrows out of kid coifs with a shampoo and cut ($8–$14). Waxing treatments manicure unwelcome brush, such as upon the lips ($7), eyebrows ($10), or entire face ($20). A New Identity’s experienced staffers also administer identity-changing perms ($75+), color-faded fringe ($45+), or highlights ($50+) to mix up monochromatic manes. A youthful-looking head often translates into a youthful strut and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats.
Certified by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists, River City Tattoo inks and bedazzles the human apparatus with the help of a professional staff and a large selection of body jewelry. Display your love for your mother or incessant admiration for eggplant with a custom tattoo designed by one of the shop's skilled artists (starting at $50).
Swedish massage relies largely on a technique known as effleurage. Learn how it zaps stress with Groupon's peek at this basic stroke.
Effleurage is the glue that holds a Swedish massage together. Its smooth, gliding strokes may not deliver much pressure?the word itself is taken from a French verb that means "to touch lightly"?but the technique simultaneously soothes the nerves, boosts circulation, and allows the massage therapist to identify problem zones that need extra attention. Because effleurage doubles as an assessment tool, many therapists begin each massage with it, usually by gliding their open palms lightly across the body to feel for tense spots and potholes while acclimating the client to their touch. This form of effleurage is known as "superficial," and it serves a soothing prelude, epilogue, and transitional movement between deeper, more focused kneading.
A slightly more forceful style of effleurage is known as "deep effleurage." This form still uses gliding strokes, only with more pressure, as the therapist aims to stretch out the muscle tissue and the web of connective tissue that covers it. Therapists will generally direct the first part of their deep-effleurage stroke towards the heart, finishing with a lighter return stroke away from it. Not only does this warm up tissues for deeper muscle work, but it can also speed up the movement of blood and lymph fluid. This boost in circulation can help drain fluid from injured areas, reducing painful pressure while also releasing endorphins that further relax the entire body.