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Once an international gymnastics competitor, Ken Haas had to turn away from the tumbling lifestyle after his body began to ache. Sports orthopedists couldn't determine what was wrong, he told Charlotte Today, but a kinesiologist finally helped him through alternative methods—methods that Ken, now Dr. Haas, employs at Haas Wellness Center. Understandably, applied kinesiology remains one of the center's major focuses. This system tests for muscle responses throughout the body, scouting for weaknesses that could indicate treatable conditions. Its techniques can even incorporate teachings from acupuncture and nutrition for a truly holistic approach.

Dr. Haas's other services run the gamut from screenings for environmental toxins to natural weight-loss programs and low-level-laser therapy, a purported pain deterrent. Trigger-point therapy, myofascial-release work, and essential oils all contribute to the center's signature massage, and craniosacral therapy employs extremely gentle touch—no more than the weight of a nickel—to try and relieve imbalanced nervous systems, a more relaxing method than shouting into your ear for your brain to "stay calm!"

3315 Springbank Ln
Charlotte,
NC
US

Skin Elements MedSpa's Dr. Gail Griffin supervises a team of registered nurses and skin specialists as they perform a suite of advanced aesthetic services using tools including hair- and tattoo-removing lasers, dermal fillers, and microdermabrasion wands. To ward off signs of aging and restore patients' youthful glow, the team can create an individualized beauty plan incorporating traditional spa facials to address fine lines or acne, chemical peels to erase hyperpigmentation and smooth wrinkles, and microdermabrasion to resurface faces for a perfect canvas for moisturizer, makeup, or clown noses applied with Gorilla Glue. Clients can seek more pronounced results with dermal fillers such as Botox, which enter the skin via injection where they work to immobilize the muscles that cause wrinkles on the forehead and around the mouth and eyes.

7510 Pineville Matthews Rd
Charlotte,
NC
US

If you’re looking for variety, MC3 Salon and Wellness Center doesn’t disappoint with a service menu that reads like an encyclopedia of salon and spa treatments. Led by 28-year veteran Mickey Coffino, the salon’s stylists revitalize hair with everything from simple cuts to keratin straightening treatments. Not to be outdone, the spa’s nail technicians hydrate hands in warm paraffin wax and brush vibrant OPI polish across nails during manicures and pedicures.

As if that weren’t enough, the spa’s licensed aestheticians soothe and restore skin with nearly 20 services for the face and body. MC3’s services extend far beyond what you might expect from a traditional spa—there’s even a 20-minute teeth-whitening treatment that brightens teeth by up to 10 shades to attract strangers or blind unsuspecting enemies.

1015 East Blvd.
Charlotte,
NC
US

With padded lime-green chairs lounging on a pillared porch that runs the length of a two-story, century-old wooden house in Dilworth, Folicle could easily be mistaken for a bed and breakfast at first glance. Though they can’t stay the night, guests are encouraged to stop and rest awhile as stylists and aestheticians snip, shade, and smooth their hair, shape their nails, or unknot their muscles amid floor-to-ceiling mirrors that reflect honey wood floors.

Globetrotting salon CEO Edward Woody shares expertise garnered from training with Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and the Netherlands’ Keune and a sense of style honed while designing dos for Badgley Mischka, Ellen Tracy, and the fashion spreads of several magazines. Visitors who catch his ear may find him ready to point out the salon’s eco-friendly features, such as a shampoo-area floor made from recycled tennis shoes and furniture made from banana plants whose monkeys had already abandoned them.

228 East Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US

Fresh off her achievement of becoming the valedictorian of her graduating class at Dudley’s Beauty College, Hope D. Hannibal wanted to test her mettle. She signed up for a duo of competitions, snipping and cropping her way to a second- and third-place finish in the Bronner Bros. Student Rising Star and Student Mannequin competitions. Springboarding off those victories, and undergirded by her bachelor's in business management, the aesthetics go-getter started her own salon.

In 2009, she flung open the doors to Bella Cheveux Salon and Spa, where she and her staff treat clients to an array of prettifying services. As a national educator for Dudley’s haircare products, Hope ensures that her team is up on the latest beauty innovations. She harnesses continuing education and training to outfit her patrons with the latest trends, sprucing up coifs with cuts, highlights, and relaxers or accenting nails with colors more dynamic than a rainbow seen through a prism.

7340 Smith Corners Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US

Insight Wellness's resident massage therapist and acupuncturist, Tom Cohen, aids achy backs by applying the theories of the Somatic Education Technique (SET), a system he also relies on in his role as a martial-arts trainer. The core of this philosophy is that our bodies change slowly, and that once we live with bad habits, such as poor posture, we must concentrate on "unlearning" them before we can be well again, much as dogs must unlearn their master's commands before they can hold political office.

These beliefs manifest in Cohen's services, which include orthopedic pain-management acupuncture sessions that treat not only aches and pains, but fatigue, stress, and insomnia. Cohen's massage talents are likewise far ranging: his neuromuscular therapy manipulates the body's trigger points to eliminate the source of pain, and his sports massages improve flexibility and relieve injuries, earning him the endorsement of professional football player Damione Lewis.

1820 East Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US