Inside La Bella Dona Skincare's ornate spa environment, Greek-inspired statues and landscape murals line the walls as the friendly staff beautifies bodies with advanced spa services. Technicians pull from a cache of products such as Pevonia and Medicalia during customized facials, and soothe muscles with relaxing massages. For hair removal, waxing sessions temporarily whisk strands away while the IPL laser delivers up to 80% of permanent hair reduction. La Bella Dona’s trained techs also coat physiques with UV-free spray tans, gift nails with up to 14 days of chip-free shine with CND Shellac, and accentuate features with Jane Iredale mineral makeup.
At Audra Knight Skin Care, a trained-and-licensed aesthetician with a medical background offers a variety of skin services. Deep, exfoliating treatments slough off old, dead skin, and european facials cleanse pores and offer extractions. Other services include body wraps, threading, and waxing.
Even with no one inside, Rhett's Salon is filled with faces. That’s thanks to the framed pictures and paintings that occupy almost every inch of the walls. Owner Rhett Costello has had plenty of time to amass the frames; his salon has sat in the same location for 21 years. As he practices his craft, Costello draws on the experiences of a 36-year career, which includes training in Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, and London. Meanwhile, a team of stylists—including color wizard Katelyn Costello— that Rhett trained himself flaunt a versatile set of talents that range from clipping locks into classic cuts to sculpting edgy, rock-inspired looks. More than a dozen professional product lines line the retail shelves for clients to maintain their looks and secret wig collection at home.
As a division of the American Critical Care Services nursing agency, Wellness For Life aims to prevent health issues before they begin. Led by board-certified massage therapist Candice Merrick, the holistic-minded team of certified massage therapists performs several modalities—including hot-stone therapy and side-by-side couples massages—to stop conditions such as tension headaches, muscular pain, and stress. Staffers enhance massage sessions with automated devices that promote overall health, including an ionic footbath, thermal jade massage bed, and an infrared hand treatment designed to alleviate arthritis in the knuckles and greatly improve hand-jive ability.
The tranquil, nature-inspired ambiance further encourages stress-relief. Colorful prints of seashells complement pictures of gazebos in green gardens and the blurred colors of impressionistic paintings. Each massage also includes complimentary aromatherapy and a warm neck wrap to soothe the senses. After their session, guests can sip hot tea in the lounge or schedule a holistic stress-reduction consultation with Carolyn McCrocklin, PhD, a registered nurse, to maintain their peace-filled mentality.
Inside Olivia Foster’s massage studio, potted plants and oak cabinets envelop guests in a sense of peace—a far cry from the hectic world outside the door’s billowing white curtain. A 1995 graduate of the Richmond Academy of Massage, Foster went into business for herself soon afterward, relieving herself of the stress of punching a time clock until it worked it again. In her own website’s words, she’d rather “care for people without the rush and fuss” of less intimate massage studios, and today she focuses on her clients’ needs while staying attuned to their physical, emotional, and spiritual states. A variety of bodywork and massage treatments impart relaxation while soothing stress and muscle pain, and full-day retreats combine several services for hours of pampering extending through the stressful 8,000,000-decibel sirens that blare every afternoon.
CRAVE-tini caters to the youngest of spa-going clientele, with pampering treatments designed for ages 3 and older. Using Body Quenchers products in 11 distinctive scents such as grape slushee and cookies ‘n’ cream, CRAVE-tini's beauty crew grooms hands and feet during manicures and pedicures. These à la carte services also comprise various party packages that combine facials and nail services with such add-ons as a chocolate fountain, a custom playlist, and special decorations.
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.