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.
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.
Cool Springs Nails—now led by welcoming new owners—refurbishes paws with a portfolio of salon services. Clients can add moisture and softness to toes without rubbing them against damp grizzlies thanks to paraffin-wax pedicure treatments. They can also enlist specialists for 30-minute foot massages, which gently manipulate the foot's key pressure points. Shellac polish lavishes fingertips with chip-free coverage for about 14 days, and a professional technician carries out the pink-and-white-acrylics service to lend tonal harmony to key tappers.
Karen Woodliff customizes haircuts to fit individual face shapes, providing men and women with a variety of stylish head helmets. Choose from one of Woodliff's many salon services to snazz up brain-boxes with a cut ($35¬–$55) and color (starting at $70) or use today’s deal toward a Brazilian blowout ($350), which streamlines strands and banishes frizz, giving hair a soft, silky texture and luminous glow to light the way through dark movie theaters and snake-infested mausoleums.
At CG Salon, an acclaimed cadre of licensed aestheticians dispenses a full array of beautifying and tranquilizing services. The calming and revitalizing herbal embalming treatment exfoliates skin to a softness that rivals the underbelly of a wild snuffleupagus. During the paraffin facial, spa techs assail pallid complexions with a mix that is engineered to clarify muddled pigments and reverse indelible scowls. The resulting gorgeousness is further accentuated during the complimentary make-up application.