Setting foot through Savvy Salon's large double doors, visitors find themselves immersed in the dancing twinkle of an enormous chandelier. The space's lofty ceilings and expansive walls resonate with a warm, pearl hue, punctuated by four-sided, freestanding styling stations furnished with a mirror on each corner to let newly styled clients admire their hair on one side and an alternate dimension on the other. Coif curators diligently snip and style damp locks, flaunting a variety of tress-transforming services such as coloring, keratin applications, perms, and blowouts. Inside private rooms splashed with golden flourishes, aestheticians analyze skin before recommending and performing any of more than eight facial services, each customized to meet the needs of all skin types.
Free wine probably isn't the main reason most people visit Clearwater Salon & Spa, but it sure doesn't hurt. That's just one of the ways the staff of licensed professionals works to turn each treatment?whether it be a manicure, massage, or facial?into an experience that's as relaxing as it is physically rewarding. The wine also isn't the only reason why clients may be spotted leaving the salon with a rosy glow: hour-long deluxe facials pare down blemishes and signs of aging such as wrinkles or fine lines, while body wraps help exfoliate or detoxify the skin for smoother, tauter contours. Other services include everything from skin-softening paraffin wax treatments to tanning, nail design, and waxing.
The stylists and aestheticians at Metro Hair Salon and Spa call on years of training and acclaimed beauty brands such as Sadoc, Alfaparf Milano, and Shellac to refine appearances from head to toe. Inside one of three cozy studios, staffers rejuvenate damage and smooth down frizzled follicles with deep-conditioning recovery treatments and Brazilian straightening techniques. Coif artisans carefully steer scissors through strands, cutting and styling hair to frame faces or bypass highly ticklish shoulders. The spa also indulges other bodily regions by dipping hands in silky paraffin, infusing facials with renewing caviar, and unearthing tension with focused deep-tissue massages.
With his Bhatki massage, licensed therapist Jerry Held performs a specialized form of bodywork that blends Reiki energy work with effleurage. The services begin with a scalp massage and moves downward, working nerve endings in the head, feet, hands, and ears to steadily relax the body. After applying Biotone massage lotion, Jerry applies pressure up and down along the neck and back at varying speeds, all the while enhancing the relaxation with aromatherapy, hot packs, and hot towels. When he's not calming nerves and keeping clients' muscles from playing Twister with each other, Jerry might be found volunteering with the Hospice of Florida or the Adopt a Park program.
Tara, the licensed massage therapist at Safari Oasis Massage Therapy, strives to create a serene oasis of relaxation that is "preserved from surrounding unpleasantness," as defined along one wall of the reception area. Tara uses custom kneads to send her clients on therapeutic journeys, offering an eclectic menu of modalities such as Swedish, bamboo fusion, and reflexology. Before their massage, clients lounge in the well-appointed waiting room, complete with refreshments and calming music. The studio is also decorated with framed zebra portraits, thatched furnishings, animal-print rugs, and impala statues to add unique safari flair.
Ridding unwanted hair from clients' bodies since 1975, the skincare specialists at European Wax Center have had plenty of time to perfect the four-step waxing process. First, a specialist cleanses the skin and layers it with pre-wax oil so the wax adheres to the hair and not the skin. Next, the specialist applies exclusive EWC Comfort Wax crafted in Paris from beeswax, which is gentler to the skin than traditional wax or wax made from ground-up rocks. Finally, after the hair has been removed, a rejuvenation product is applied to freshly waxed areas, leaving behind soft, silky-smooth skin.