Though the intimate Claudio James Studio Salon only has two workstations, it overflows with passion and excitement from its duo of resident hair specialists. Owner and hairstylist Claudio James Carrera is in charge of the cutting and conditioning services, from trimming the tresses of children and adults to smoothing and hydrating strands with Brazilian Blowout Zero treatments and deep conditioners infused with fruit acids and essential oils. At the other chair stands colorist Angie Meza—a 5+ year veteran of the coloring and makeup industry—who foils highlights and sheathes locks in all-over color from Goldwell products and a bottle of liquidated Skittles. The pair also exclusively uses concoctions from Aveda, American Crew, and Moroccanoil in their bright blue-colored shop, and offers a 7 Day Guarantee, which allows each client to have their hair fixed free of charge if they are unsatisfied with the original outcome.
Upscale in decor, scaled-up in size, and equipped with the latest in industry technology, Platinum Salon & Spa has all the pieces in place to treat men and women to a range of revitalizing services. Throughout Platinum's three floors of radiant real estate, visitors nurture noodle nests with hair services, including cuts and styles ($30+ for men, $50+ for women) and luxurious Moroccan oil deep-hydration treatments ($20+). Nail services, such as the hourlong no-chip manicure ($45), and massage services, such as the one-hour aromatherapy ($75) or hot-stone massage ($90), pamper other oft-neglected regions. No matter how the hair, nails, or stress-nuggets fall, all services are backed by Platinum's premier staff of experts, all of who provide meticulous, custom, and comprehensive care.
Candy-coated shades of pink, lime, and turquoise coax mini mavens into Glamour Girlz, a kids' makeover mecca perched on the upper level of Northbrook Court. Under the supervision of friendly staff, glittery accessories gild little pigtails, earlobes, wrists, and fingers, and mini makeup kits gloss cheeks and lips with color without the need to melt crayons in an Easy-Bake oven. Divas can opt for one-on-one pampering during an individual makeover package, or invite friends for a full-blown party with photo shoots, dress-up sessions, and mock paparazzi interviews about revelers' favorite limo colors.
While there are many styles of massage to choose from, the licensed massage therapists at Elements Therapeutic Massage blend a medley of kneading techniques to ease away tension. Their four-level approach helps to cater sessions to each individual client. Patrons looking for a light and relaxing massage receive a level 1 massage, whereas those with more muscle tension can opt for the medium pressure of a level 2 or 3, and clients bearing especially tangled muscle fibers or especially heavy jetpacks can find relief with the deeper manipulations and trigger-point work of a level 4.
To certified massage therapists Robert and Anka, massage therapy transcends luxurious relaxation. They view the therapeutic mollifying of muscles as a legitimate form of healing that can help the body recover from a range of conditions. Since ailments are specific to each individual, Robert and Anka cede control of the massage to the client, who directs the therapists' hands to areas in greatest need of attention and fingerprints.
Both extremely skilled in a variety of massages, Robert and Anka blur the line between the styles. Rather than rigidly adhering to style, they mine the overlap between Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, and trigger point and craft a wholly unique massage experience based on the needs of each client.
The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
“How would you describe yourself?” “What is your ideal look?” These are some of the first words new clients hear from owner Frances of Amore Francesca Salon & Spa. Frances takes the time to get to know her clients during meaningful conversations to ensure that their new ‘dos will reflect their personality and beauty goals. These conversations can be heard swirling through the chic black-and-gray salon by her team of new and junior- and senior-level stylists, each armed with high quality MoroccanOil and Schwarzkopf products. As stylists revamp ‘dos with precision cuts, ombre hair coloring, and special-occasion updos, nail technicians dole out no-chip and regular manicures to add the finishing touch. To complement the full-service salon, a full-service spa keeps skin looking effortlessly healthy with airbrush and UV tanning as well as waxing and threading services. Aestheticians take the time to determine skin type before pampering visages with five styles of facials for men, women, and teens, and massage therapists scientifically determine the acute right angles in the back before kneading them out with deep-tissue or lymphatic-drainage modalities.