Hairbenders of Joplin does as much good for people’s spirits as it does for their appearances. After the tornado that devastated parts of Joplin in 2011, the Hairbenders team joined forces with other Matrix professional haircare stylists and hosted a cut-a-thon for the victims. The event served as a pick-me-up to the community, making locals feel cared for and resilient.
On a normal day, the staff pampers clients with far more than just haircare—although those seeking TLC for their tresses have numerous cutting, coloring, and texturing services to choose from. Nail treatments incorporate high-end products such as OPI Axxium, and massage therapy and facials round out the service menu.
Salon Cosmetique at Vatterott Career College trains tomorrow?s aestheticians and stylists, giving beauty students practice perfecting their craft. Hair, nails, makeup, facials, waxing, and eyebrow tinting are all offered in this busy teaching salon, and all treatments are completed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.
The nail technicians at Salon 529 craft manual masterpieces in a chic salon marked by bright blue walls and exposed brick. Shellac manicures coat fingertips in long-lasting pigment for up to two weeks, reassuring gardeners and sandpaper enthusiasts with a chip-free finish. During the basic pedicure, a nail technician soaks clients' lower paws in a footbath, allowing skin to soften before scrubbing shoe fillers free of calluses and other rough patches. Before clients are ready to retract their talons, a scintillating coat of regular polish fashions a tensome of eye-catching toes.
Armed with high-quality polishes and a passion for keratin restoration, owner Kevin Lane and his team of nail masters prepare glove and stocking stuffers to emerge for springtime. During the level-one manicure (up to a $27 value) and level-one pedicure (up to a $51 value), five-pronged pals soak and soften before their tips are trimmed and buffed until shinier than a shellacked pear.
The Napa Valley region of California is known for its picturesque vineyards, rolling hills, and verdant greenery—a place where afternoons are wiled away sipping wine and taking in a majestic sunset. It’s this feeling of tranquility A Touch of Napa Massage & Wellness Clinic’s staff hopes to emulate through its customized massages. During sessions, staffers pull from multiple modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, sports, and reflexology—to help clients release pent-up worries, chronic pains, and deflated stress balls. The staff also diffuses stress with a tea soak, in which feet steep in a warm bowl filled with chamomile tea and essential oils before being pampered with an exfoliating scrub and shea-butter foot massage.
Named for Civil War general Alfred Pleasonton, Pleasanton is steeped in the history of the War Between the States. The town is located near the border between Kansas and Missouri in an area that witnessed fierce battles and skirmishes both before and during the war. Although Pleasanton's Mine Creek Battlefield is closed between late October and early April, the John Brown Museum in nearby Osawatomie offers year-round tours of the cabin that served as Brown's base of operations. Those whose appetite for nature is piqued by the lodge's grounds can head for the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, a 7,500-acre tract of forest and prairie in Pleasanton. The area around the refuge is home to dozens of species of mammals, including red fox, mink, and mountain lions as well as an enormous array of birds ranging from herons to red-tail hawks.
Although massages are administered from the outside, massage therapist Marcy believes that the benefits should go deeper. Whereas deep-tissue massages plumb the musculature to squeeze out toxins and allow the body to flush them out, reflexology triggers specific points on the foot that correspond with parts of the body in order to help heal a range of ailments. In keeping with treating the inside from the outside, Marcy also draws out toxins from the pores of the feet with footbaths and absorbs oil from the skin with facials.