Linda Bowers channels two decades of experience in the health and beauty industry into her vision: helming a tranquil spa that allows the mind, spirit, and body to relax and rejuvenate. To do this, she’s transformed her studio into a peaceful refuge where clients can temporarily escape the stresses of work, family, and ferociously persistent encyclopedia salesmen. Within these peaceful digs, she and her staff perform services for the skin, including facials, corrective skin peels, and microdermabrasion. They also gussy up appearances with SofTap permanent makeup and spa waxing sessions performed with gentle products. To ensure relaxation penetrates deeper than skin level, the staff hosts a full menu of relaxing massages that include traditional Swedish massages, deep-tissue modalities, and hot-stone therapies.
Jennifer Nannie of Inner-Path Hypnotherapy helps her clients achieve harmony of mind, body, and soul. She works to dissolve their inner conflicts through hypnotherapy sessions, which aim to access the subconscious during states of relaxed awareness. The sessions can reduce stress, help control habits, and renew clients’ sense of confidence and creativity.
Some may wonder why Regina Collins left an 11-year career in the marketing field to empty her 401K and open her own spa, but the answer is clear from her upbringing. The daughter of a cosmetologist with decades of experience, Regina knew exactly what she could do when the stress of working in the corporate sphere grew too great. She decided to train as a massage therapist, and today, Simple Serenity Spa stands as a relaxing destination for massages, body wraps, and facials. Regina stocks the spa with her own paraben-free skincare line Cellz + Skin Care. These 22 products are color-coded so customers can pick formulas to suit their needs with yellow products for sensitive complexions, blue for mature skin, and tie-dyed for chameleons.
There’s always plenty to learn. Licensed acupuncturist Adina Robinson has taken this truism to heart, and continually delves deeper into her passion and chosen profession. Adina has traveled the world to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine, participating in an intensive program of study in Wanzhou, China. Along the way, she has earned certifications in acupuncture face-lifts, aromatherapy, Acugems facial rejuvenation, and Nambudripads Allergy Elimination Technique. She uses these techniques, along with cupping and moxibustion, to move her clients toward a state of balanced health.
In addition to continually adding to her knowledge base through study and frequent doses of library air, Adina has learned that confidence and comfort are important components of her sessions. Sterile, single-use needles ensure that all procedures are safe, and her deft techniques prevent pain and discomfort in almost all situations. Recognizing that not all of her clients may be eager or able to come into the office, Adina also offers at-home service, making it possible for patients of all physical and emotional states to receive rejuvenating care.
At Adore, an Aveda Concept Salon, a talented group of master, senior, and junior stylists fulfill their mission of bringing the beauty out in every client with a combination of technique and vision. The team goes about this in a number of ways; for the hair, they offer Aveda re-texturizing system treatments on top of haircuts and coloring. Their color is up to 98% naturally derived from plant and flower essences, and completely customizable. To coax a radiant glow from the face without a police flashlight or clear bag full of lightning bugs, they present elemental nature and botanical skin resurfacing facials. Other services include botanical therapy hair treatments, mani-pedis, lash and brow tinting, and waxing.
Having returned to the mainland from Hawaii, stylist Mica Popovich didn't travel light. His head was—and still is—brimming with techniques and ideas instilled from his professional training. Like many of the team members at Fusion Salon and Spa, he learned his craft under masters at places such as Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and bumble, practicing the creation of both classic and innovative cuts.
Fusion channels his and others' talents into highly personalized services. Trims, blow-dries, and conditioning treatments refresh 'dos, whereas color and highlights enliven locks with new shades. To fashion straighter hair, the staff administers Brazilian blowouts and Japanese permanent straightening procedures, which flatten frizz more practically than strictly avoiding the use of all electricity. Airbrush tanning, skincare, and mani-pedis complete comprehensive makeovers. Unlike the vibe at many high-end salons, Fusion's atmosphere is hardly competitive. Instead, it's welcoming, thanks to the supportive artists, all of whom encourage one another to develop lasting relationships with their clients.
Chez Beaute’s stylists and aestheticians, several of whom were ranked in Style magazine's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards, sculpt strands and refresh skin next to the wood surfaces of styling stations and earth-toned décor. Clients sink into leather salon chairs as hair experts frame faces with salon services such as haircuts, color processing, and extensions, and spa treatments such as facials and wraps rejuvenate skin. Every year, Chez Beaute Salon & Spa hosts its Day of Caring, in which they treat oncology patients to facials, massages, and mani-pedis, and a local restaurant provides lunch for all guests and their imaginary friends.