Get your hair ready for fish-teasing season with a haircut and style ($35+) from one of Salon Urbanity's innovative stylists, or artificially infuse a sun-kissed look into your 'do with full foil highlights ($70+). You can also freshen up for an upcoming passport photo with a microdermabrasion treatment ($120+). Salon Urbanity's skilled technician will peel away the years by exfoliating the top microlayer of facial skin, leaving it looking refreshed and young enough to earn double-profiles from airport security, and an indulgent French manicure ($22+) will spiff up sorry fingernails. And if your new career in plantain farming has made your muscles tense and tightened, opt for a relaxating relaxation massage ($60 for 60 minutes) and feel troubles melt away like a dropped ice-cream cone in the Sahara.
Since the beginning of time, massage's many benefits have been no secret. Phil at New Beginnings Massage aspires to blend ancient and contemporary techniques to tend to each client's unique needs—whether he is relieving clients' stress or aches caused by fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, or thinking about math. Phil's methods—from deep-tissue massage's targeted tissue manipulation to trigger-point therapy's unlacing of knotty nerve centers—are as varied as the illnesses he treats.
Massage therapist Brenda Ghantous believes her hands are much more than mere body parts. "They are my art brush, my musical instrument, and my expression of love," she explains. Ghantous has channeled her lifelong love for people into a career in massage therapy. Through her varied kneading techniques, she helps her clients release stress, reduce muscle aches, and reconnect with themselves more naturally than mailing themselves a copy of the holiday newsletter detailing their year's highlights.
Jimi Merk is a bit of a holistic Renaissance man. As a natural-healing practitioner, Jimi demonstrates the benefits of reiki, reflexology, shamanic healing, and yoga, among other things, in his intimate studio space. His hypnosis sessions, which involve aromatherapy, sound therapy, and breathing techniques, help clients overcome personal obstacles in their lives, such as smoking cigarettes. And to keep bodies balanced at home, Jimi forges jewelry flecked with natural healing stones.
At Eyelashes, Brows, & More, specialists accent eyes with brow and lash tints and elongating eyelash extensions. The ?More? aspect of the business includes 60-minute hot-stone massages, exfoliating chemical peels, and cleansing facials. In addition, threadings and waxes ensure faces, bodies, and shadows are free of unwanted fuzz.
The staff members at Essential Styles have mastered head-to-toe beauty services. They take on unkempt hair with haircuts and relaxers, enlisting the help of Paul Mitchell, Essations, Mizani, and Nairobi Professional products. Or, for an entirely different look, they sew in or bond weaves. For faces, they arch eyebrows and thicken lashes with extensions. Finally, they turn to fingernails and toenails, rounding out their top-to-bottom treatment menu with manicures, pedicures, and intricate nail art, such as drawings of smaller toenails on larger toenails to mimic a matryoshka doll.