At Belleza Salon & Spa, Melanie Menendez's dedication to skincare comes from the heart. For years, she suffered from adult acne due to an undiagnosed dairy allergy. When she learns about her clients' skincare needs, her reaction is "I know how you feel. I will fix you and help you achieve your goals." Her psychology degree is then put to use as she reads each client's personality to determine what they want out of the treatment: whether a social, interactive experience or a peaceful retreat.
To gain an understanding of their holistic skin health, Melanie checks in with clients about what they're eating, the products they use at home, and whether they use shortening as sunscreen. From there, she customizes blends of organic Sanitas skincare products, a line created in Boulder, Colorado, that uses ingredients such as healing vitamin C to create lustrous complexions. While she performs the facials, clients can enjoy soothing spa or pop music and the quirky, inviting decor—some rooms include photos of Audrey Hepburn and polka-dot details, and others are covered with zebra print or bright colors.
Hair guru Christopher Kellams founded The Loft Hair Studio after graduating from Dynamics Hair Academy and training at Dallas’s Tony and Guy Academy. Kellams has stratified his team of stylists into four experience levels, keeping each up to date on modern haircare techniques through continuing-education classes. Stylists tailor hairdos to suit clients' face shape, their hair texture, and the size of the sombrero they refuse to remove. During an appointment, clients are free to sip complimentary glasses of wine and other beverages.
Shear Fantasy is the brainchild of two friends who wanted to provide customers with quality haircuts and color treatments. They also wanted to share their in-depth knowledge of haircare, which is why they frequently post tips on their Facebook page. Previous tips have included advice on how to achieve a loose-curl look, how to make updos more manageable and longer lasting, and how to avoid developing greenish tones from swimming in pools or eating so many string beans it alters your DNA.
With more than 30 years of combined experience that includes work done with doctors, chiropractors, and insurance companies, Sherry and John Larkin have more insight into massage therapy than the staff at some day spas. They, along with the rest of their licensed crew at Colorado Injury Care, use this perspective to customize each session, addressing clients’ health histories, massage goals, and number of times they’ve walked into a wrecking ball. In doing so, they approach massage therapy as a preventative treatment rather than a luxury, aiming to avoid injury and promote relaxed minds.
New Health Centers consists of more than 300 health-care practitioners across the country, each working to alleviate corporeal discomfort with natural techniques. Doctors work in conjunction with experienced practitioners to soothe aches, pains, and lawn-gnome infestations.