It's easy to make a day of a trip to About You Day Spa and Salon; the beauty haven's spa packages range all the way up to a 4.5-hour visit complete with microdermabrasion, reflexology, a mani-pedi, and other body treatments. But some clients keep it simple, opting instead for such individual services as classic European neck and décolleté-firming treatments, the cumulative effect of which is smoother-looking skin that never works as Velcro in a pinch.
Everyday Miracles’ cofounders, Ta’mus and Susan, tailor each of their holistic healing sessions in order to “plant dreams and grow miracles”—that is, mend the body’s smaller issues in order to achieve whole-body health. Services such as cranial-sacral therapy incorporate the simple techniques of light massage and energy-flow analysis to ease dysfunctions that can manifest as headaches, chronic fatigue, or TMJ. A selection of massage treatments calls upon Swedish, deep-tissue, or Thai techniques, each of which can be fueled by signature scents that Ta’mus personally creates by grinding whole botanicals and liquefying scratch 'n' sniff stickers. Qigong sessions invoke the 800-year-old remedies of Chinese monks to calm bodies with a blend of movement, breathing techniques, and meditation.
Even during the decade she spent as a stay-at-home mother, Nicole Bennett, the owner and aesthetician at Flawless Face & Body, always followed her own personal skincare regimen and even worked a few side jobs in cosmetics. But it wasn't until she decided to take a chance and go back to school that she realized that her passion was deeper than she thought, and that passion aligned with her quest for a new career. Her interest in skincare skyrocketed as she delved into the nitty-gritty science behind it, and she sped her way through Palomar Institute of Cosmetology.
After becoming a licensed aesthetician, Nicole opened her own skincare center, a move which gives her more time with her clients than a gig in a traditional spa. She also earned certification as an acne specialist, with the extra training inspiring her to dedicate a large portion of her service menu to result-oriented acne solutions. This dedication now takes the form of a full-fledged acne program, which blends biweekly clinic appointments with an at-home skincare regimen to take faces from spotty to spotless over the course of 12-16 weeks. With the help of Image Skincare and Rhonda Allison products, she also counters other blemishes and imperfections with facials, peels, and waxing, leaving skin as clean and smooth as a censored version of The Catcher in the Rye read by Barry White.
Rather than staffing a huge team of unfamiliar faces, Tiger Lily Day Spa & Boutique owner Vanessa Huff strives to cultivate an intimate environment by working directly with each client. She focuses on using clients' time wisely as she flaunts her specialty services, which include lash tinting and perming, chemical peels, PCA Skin facials, and SunFX spray tanning. Vanessa's eight years of experience with Brazilian waxing ensures that unwanted hairs are evicted artfully after she anoints skin with Satin Smooth cream wax or Cirepil hard wax. To amp up the luxury, Vanessa works closely with Alana Rose, a nationally licensed and locally certified massage therapist who specializes in Swedish and deep-tissue techniques. Tiger Lily also hosts parties to let groups of five or more spend an evening purifying pores with peels and facials or comforting friends recently dumped by the sun with UV-free spray tans.
Every day, the staff at Paul Jordan Salon calls forth new artworks in the form of freshly shorn hair, supple skin, and polished nails. Though their specialties vary, they share an understanding that no two bodies are quite the same. That’s why they begin each Japanese thermal straightening treatment, body-sugaring session, and chemical peel with a personalized consultation. Their work doesn’t stop after the final toe has been polished or the final strand of hair has fallen to the ground. Paul Jordan’s team regularly attends seminars and goes undercover as supermodels to stay abreast of the latest beauty trends.
S&D SPA Body Wellness’s fleet of experienced stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians pamper guests with an array of relaxing and noninvasive services. Nicolette Nightingale, the spa’s licensed cosmetologist, styles hair using tricks she’s picked up in her 10-year career as both a model and hair stylist in the entertainment industry. Her colleague Brandi McMillan also has impressive experience with permanent makeup, having prettified faces for Elle magazine, the Emmys, and the Academy Awards. When not doing hair or makeup, the staff suppresses tense shoulder uprisings with customized massages and allows faces to glow with a variety of freshening facials.