The interior of Roxy CarMichaels Salon conjures an industrial feel that complements the brickyard area surrounding the studio. Naked light bulbs dangle above the graphite-gray floor, and red metal toolboxes stand ready at every styling station, but this factory-like aesthetic is immediately contradicted by the staff members' warm greetings and personalized attention. The trio of master stylists listens to clients’ wildest hair desires while considering matters of texture and facial shape, recommending cuts that augment cheekbones, skirt jawlines, or cover up snapping mandibles. Translucent dividers portion the studio from the waiting area for a contemporary aesthetic that sets clients at ease while they sort through the coffee table’s mound of magazines.
Next Full Service Salon's staff includes nine hair stylists and two nail technicians. At salon chairs, the stylists sculpt new 'dos, straighten strands, and add color to hair. Meanwhile, nail techs accent digits with colorful acrylics and chip-resistant Shellac. The staff also applies makeup and waxes eyebrows.
Cuticle caretaker Heidi Bishop at Star 21 Salon indulges clients with a 90-minute mani-pedi that relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the fingers and toes. At the pedi station, a warm bath soaks feet, softening skin for a scrub that scours inseams and heels to remove calluses earned during barefoot treadmill contests. Next, Heidi’s deft digits push and clip cuticles before applying a rich moisturizer and a coat of OPI polish. During the manicure, Heidi pampers hands with the same regimen of soaking, shaping, and polishing.
Heavenly Hands Massage & Spa’s strong-thumbed therapists dissipate their clients' tension with the same massage techniques they have used to unwind professional athletes from the Utah Grizzlies, Blaze, and Bees. With this veteran experience, the staff focuses on alleviating chronic pain or injury-related discomfort through therapeutic methods that range from the standard modalities of Swedish and deep-tissue massage to the Eastern practices of Thai massage and ashiatsu. Ashiatsu—a centuries-old method born out of discomfort from pillows not being invented—evicts deep-seated tension by having massage therapists steady themselves on a bar anchored to the ceiling and apply pressure with targeted footsteps. To iron out energy kinks, a team of yoga instructors orchestrates classes that stretch and strengthen muscles while centering the mind. Hairstylists and aestheticians round out the bodily bolstering with expert styling and nine varieties of facial.
Located in a historic building in downtown Escondido with two floors and 11,000 square feet of space where romanesque white columns and archways, Renaissance paintings, and a sparkling chandelier invoke the parlor of an Italian palace. Relaxing music puts guests at ease as they sit in antique-style armchairs, awaiting custom facials, body treatments, and salon services performed with herbal and botanical products. Duos can de-stress together in the couples massage room, and a garden room allows humans to get the sun they need for their stalks to grow.
Part of the distinguished Paul Mitchell network, the Salt Lake City school channels its teachings of style and technique through a squad of students supervised by professional instructors. Paul Mitchell the School trains its students to be citizens of the world as well as ambassadors of beauty. The school sets an example worth following with its eco-friendly practices and support for charitable causes that give back to the local community.