Creation Salon’s team of expert stylists, therapists, and aestheticians enhances hair, skin, nails, and muscles within a brightly hued cottage storefront. Owner Amber Hale and her fellow coiffeuses treat locks to alluring new ‘dos or blowouts, daub tresses with block coloring, and charm snakes before sculpting gorgon-inspired dreadlocks. Manicures and pedicures treat appendages to massages and herb soaks, and facials soothe stressed skin with gentle cleansers. A warm bath of wax relieves underarms, bikini areas, and eyebrows of unwanted fringe and primes skin for applications of glitter tattoos, whose waterproof designs pay homage to favorite shapes or phrases from the Constitution. Behind a mint-green façade and wrought-iron porch, a gleaming chandelier casts its warm light on the salon’s reception area.
The massage therapists at Gardenia Holistic Bodywork hope to unlock the body's natural healing potential through skillful kneading and relaxation. Each session is customized the unique needs of the individual as the therapist adjusts pressure levels and chooses handcrafted body products. Their work is blended with therapeutic practices such as Polarity Therapy, where touch and gentle rocking helps realign imbalances of the body's positive and negative ions.
The expert team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Athena Salon & Spa shares a common goal—to provide a relaxing escape from daily routine. To do this, they draw on a menu of spa and salon services that includes everything from haircuts to fruit-infused facial peels. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists rely on hot stones and deep-tissue techniques to melt soreness caused by stress or back flipping into an empty pool. The spa’s footbaths, at least, are filled with warm water and pulsating jets to soothe sore feet and prepare them for cuticle treatments. For special occasions, the beauty experts can combine services such as waxes and updos into packages for brides, grooms, and their miniature wedding-cake likenesses.
"Ancient Chinese wisdom makes me realize my modern education and intellect, although excellent, [are] not enough to understand the mystery of life," Victor Cheng explains. Coming from a highly educated medical professional, it's an astonishingly humble statement, but Victor and his wife, Sewon Kim, pride themselves on delving deep for answers when treating their patients.
Striving to deliver comprehensive and personalized treatment plans, Victor and Sewon specialize in traditional Chinese medicine such as acupressure and acupuncture. They also turn to Chinese herbs to treat myriad problems, from digestive issues to growing pains caused by an abnormally large pair of wings.
A visit to Elements Skin Care & Massage Studio is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the senses. In each of the spa’s spacious chambers, the stark geometry of dark wood furniture complements the flowing lines of a sheer curtain, a linen-draped massage table, or a single potted orchid. These aesthetic pleasures only serve to enhance the sensory decadence that the staff of skin specialists, massage therapists, and nail technicians grant their clients. A slate of 10 facials —including a signature service that treats not only the face to a massage, but the feet, legs, back, and scalp as well—help stave off blemishes and fine lines with Bioelements products. In private massage rooms, therapists call on several modalities to ease tension with hot stones, firm pressure, or pregnancy-appropriate strokes, as reflexology foot treatments ease tension stemming from tight shoes or arguments between toes. Feet can also bask in the spa’s many pedicures, which go beyond standard nail-salon services to incorporate heated lava shells, warm neck wraps, and even complimentary martinis.
Within the walls of Lavender Hill Spa, volcanic ash becomes more romantic than a bouquet of roses or a 14-karat piece of chocolate. Two Jacuuzi tubs stand side by side within a private cottage, where couples can relax with signature volcanic-mud bath treatments, which combine volcanic ash with White Sea kelp, therapeutic mineral salts, and lavender essential oils. Couples' spa packages also move beyond the tub—though love birds still stay side-by-side during therapeutic massages and facials.
Lavender Hill Spa nurtures more than just romance, however. Nestled against a garden hillside, the relaxing spa welcomes clients of all sorts with special packages, such as the Gentlemen's Choice with a volcanic-ash mud bath and deep-tissue massage, or the Mothers-to-Be with a coconut-milk bath treatment and pre-natal massage.