Missy Acra first sharpened her shears and her skills at a Regis salon before diving into the fast-paced environment at Great Clips. As each day presented her with a frenzy of new 'dos, she developed a fondness for clippers, razors, and edgy cuts. She took this experience with her to Empire Beauty School, where she spent four years as an instructor, introducing new stylists to the many facets of the salon industry. Missy helped her students hone their skills but realized they still needed guidance after graduation, so she opened M-Salon to give them a head start in the real world.
Today, Missy draws on 10 years of experience to guide her former students as they craft flattering looks and nurture damaged tresses amid steel-blue walls, wooden floors, and shelves lined with products. In addition to hair services, her stylists also beautify nails, wax unwanted fuzz, and design custom wigs with drag-reducing spoilers.
The technicians at Diamonds & Pearls Nails & Spa unveil digits sparkling with a jewel-inspired luster after 90-minute sessions in a recently debuted haven. Manicures begin with a softening soak followed by an expert shearing and shaping of finger keratins. Beautifiers combat encroaching cuticles and polish palms for more accurate fortune-cookie recitations with an exfoliating sea-salt scrub, coaxing youthful elasticity with a hydrating green-tea lotion containing peppermint and eucalyptus oils. The spa pedicure mirrors the manicure's initial maintenance before straying into foot-specific territory with a smoothing pumice-stone and callus-paring scrub. Moisturizing sugar scrubs whisk away dead skin, and a green-tea mask animates feet more effectively than permanently outfitting them in audio-equipped sock puppets. Pamperers knead arches and swathe weary feet in hot towels to top off relaxation sessions.
Zumba is a raging fitness megasaurus that unites Latin dance rhythms with high-energy movements—creating a fitness program that exiles calories, perks up listless muscles, and scandalizes dull exercise routines. Instructor Rebecca Hinton has been teaching Zumba since 2008; her classes have since grown so popular that she expanded into b.fab.fitness and formed a veritable coven of Zumba fanatics with four other instructors. Their dance-inspired routines work every major body muscle and keep hearts thumping to the beat, all without the monotonous drudgery of treadmills, stationary bikes, and boulder-stacking.
After gaining experience in salons all over the country, Tamara Throwers returned to her hometown of Nashville to make good on her lifelong dream of owning a nail salon. Her time spent in spas as far away as Canada and as cosmopolitan as New York taught her the importance of going above and beyond customer expectations, so she upgrades standard mani-pedis with indulgent extras and keeps her salon––located inside Nashville Laser Spa––open until 8 p.m. every day. Among her most luxurious services are the Orange Millin pedicure, which sets tired feet soaking in a soothing bath of fresh milk, honey, and sliced oranges, and a 2.5-hour sports-reflexology pedicure that includes a reflexology foot massage, gourmet meal, and staged reading of the best toe-related haiku.