Total Platinum Salon mines Columbus’s pulchritudinous population for its naturally effulgent beauty, regaling clients with the pristine hair and nails usually reserved for prickly, long-dead Egyptian queens. A women’s haircut ($30–$36) or a men's cut ($18–$20) shape amorphous head-jungles back into gender-specific gardens. If you're prepping for prom or a just-for-fun Sesame Street character effigy burning, a special-occasion style starts at $40, and a color retouching starts at $45. Scan the list of services before making an appointment.
The official day spa and salon of the 2011 American Music Awards, J. Nicole's Day Spa and Salon calls upon its stylists' hair expertise and its technicians' skin savvy to pamper clients within a rock 'n' roll–themed lounge. The staffers, who can sometimes be seen jamming on the guitars that adorn the salon's scarlet walls, beautify heads with hair services and eyelash extensions or relax bodies with treatments such as massages and craniosacral therapy. Aestheticians also exfoliate faces with Obagi chemical peels and abrasive punk-rock drum solos.
Stylist Dawn Ward has been practicing her scissor choreography for more than 15 years. In that time, she's come to specialize in French cutting techniques, which emphasize individual features such as face shape. In addition to hair services, clients can also opt for nail care or a swift waxing session to banish unwanted hair.
Highlighted by a black-and-white color scheme, high ceilings, and exposed ductwork, Erika Taylor Urban Spa’s industrial aesthetic stands in contrast to its botanically based spa treatments. And though the skincare and massage services involve plant-based emollients, they also leverage cutting-edge techniques and technologies. For instance, HydraFacials resurface skin and deliver an intense dose of moisture via an instrument that loosens and lifts away dull skin cells by creating a vortex. Hair and nail treatments round out the service menu, helping clients become beautiful from head to dewclaw.
Offering a wide range of skincare and waxing services for men and women, Jolie Laide owner Jillian Brice and her skilled staff streamline skinsuits like a fleet of human Zambonis. Clients can choose to gloss over their lifemobile components with a 45-minute back purifying ($35), 20-minute eye treatment ($15), 45-minute skin therapy session ($75), and more. You can also apply your Groupon toward more pronounced pampering such as an aromatherapy saltscrub ($120) or an enzymatic mudwrap ($135). Being cocooned in super-mud (known in the biz as "beauty filth") also gives you more time to appreciate Jolie Laide's inviting atmosphere, spacious facilities, gentle pastel colors, and touches of retro décor.