Different clients may choose the same treatment from Belledonne Spa’s menu, but the spa’s focus on custom skin and body solutions ensures that no two experiences are quite alike. Though the massage menu includes specialized techniques for athletes and expectant moms, its two anchors are the Swedish and deep-tissue massages, each of which is tailored to clients’ preferred pressures.
The spa’s aestheticians match their nimble-fingered counterparts’ concern for customized care. Before embarking on a facial, they survey the skin’s topography to identify its specific needs. Then they pull from a wide array of therapies that include advanced microdermabrasion treatments, ultrasound technologies, and chemical peels that exfoliate as vigorously as skin will allow. Their therapies aren’t just skin-deep, however: Lumicell Touch body-contouring treatments work to reduce cellulite with a blend of collagen-boosting LED light, skin-smoothing rollers, and vacuums that suck up pennies lodged between back muscles.
The founders of Fahrenheit Yoga Studio know that heat is a powerful agent of change. Here, layers of stress and self-doubt melt away as students stretch and balance in temperatures of 100 degrees or higher. Instead of warming the air with the fumes of a docile dragon, the studio uses far-infrared rays to heat the body directly. In addition to deepening stretches, the torrid temperature helps students to sweat out toxins. An air-exchange system refreshes the room with fresh oxygen, which is pumped through the body during yoga exercises to promote health and vitality. To help to prevent injuries, eco-friendly cork floors cushion joints during carefully crafted pose sequences that are taught by certified instructors with a focus on proper alignment. Suitable for yogis of all levels, the routines can boost flexibility and make the mind sharper than a nettle wearing a diamond tiara.
Although he had already been a successful stylist for years when it took place, the thing that solidified John Nelson as a top-notch professional was a training stint he spent in Rome, Italy, where he absorbed European techniques that he brought back to his own salon in the United States. Now guests of John Nelson Salon and Spa enjoy the benefit of these and other techniques—such as Global Keratin treatments and color services—within a workspace where lime-green accents punctuate slate-gray walls and floors. Chocolaty hues coat the spa area, where licensed technicians unpack pores with Alleia skincare products and drive away cellulite with herbal detoxifiers and repurposed breakup speeches.
In 2008, board-certified hair-color specialist Adela Franco used her international training and beauty pageant experience to open her very own hair studio. In 2010, Franco added aestheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians to her team, turning the studio into a full-service salon and spa. Since then, clients have been visiting Adela's Color Salon & Spa for an assortment of services—ranging from foil highlights to deep-tissue massages—done with products by brands including OPI, Image Skincare, and L'Oréal Professionnel. Before each service, guests may wet their whistles with a complimentary glass of wine, a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or a diamond-encrusted chalice filled with exotic tea.
A board-certified nurse, a laser technician, an aesthetician, and a cosmetic-injectable expert comprise the med spa team at Rejuvenation Group that helps clients reach their beauty goals. Blue-light therapy, peels, and microdermabrasion resurface complexions, while skin-clarifying experts strive to permanently banish hair and tattoos with laser treatments.
In addition to aesthetic treatments, Rejuvenation Group also offers purely medical therapies. Melan Smith-Francis, a certified nurse-midwife and family nurse practitioner who is currently earning her doctorate, provides services including hormone therapy, family planning, and basic exams.
Imagine Hair Studio owner Tamara possesses not one, but four certifications in salon services. The one from Great Lengths speaks to her ability as a hair-extension specialist, which explains why the studio can provide extensions of so many different kinds, from 100% human hair to flashy jewel colors to Swarovski-crystal strands. As a certified 3D Lashes eyelash-extension technician, Tamara also fortifies clients’ existing lashes with thick sets of faux strands. Like a moving script about a wisecracking meatball sub, her expertise attracts the attention of performers and models; Ke$ha, Felicia King, and Alexandria Dycus have entrusted their looks to Tamara.