Between her passion for massage and her gregarious personality, Kate Heriot has much to share in the way of healing. That’s why she founded MyMassage, where she kneads away knots and encourages her trained staff to expand their already considerable muscle-mending repertoires with new techniques. Ask Kate about the benefits of massage therapy and she will likely expound at length on its ability to ease tension from working long days at the office and heal muscles injured while carrying one’s boss to and from the bathroom.
Standing behind her station inside Salon Brio, Marin Owen cuts and styles the hair of her clients while drawing on experience she acquired by specializing in haircuts and spa services for men at The Boardroom Salon for Men. Owen also grooms jaw lines with precise straight-razor shaves and trims and polishes nails with manicures and pedicures. Clients can ask for a subtle no-polish look or long-lasting Shellac polish, which can withstand time in the boxing ring much longer than traditional color.
At this Aveda hair salon and spa, the beauty specialists pamper and beautify their guests with gentle, plant-based products for hair and skin. Lavender accent walls in the hair salon and soothing blue walls in the private massage and body therapy room heighten the relaxation. For hands and feet, the spa designs more than just the typical mani-pedi. The treatment nurtures skin with warm seaweed masques, paraffin dips, and massages before refreshing nails with color or French styles.
Steve Randleman appreciates the beauty of women. So much, in fact, that he's devoted more than three decades of his life to enhancing their beauty as a hairstylist. After finishing barber school and spending about 10 years working at different salons, Steve assembled a team of stylists, massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail professionals, and opened Strands Salon & Spa in 1991. To this day, clients—some of whom have been going to Steve for more than 30 years—frequent the salon and spa for an array of hairstyling and skincare services fueled by products from Redken and Dermalogica. In 2010, Steve moved Strands Salon & Spa to a new location renovated with seven styling stations, two spa rooms, exposed-ventilation ceilings, and a concrete floor that looks like leather but tastes like concrete.
Halo Salon Spa’s stylists create smooth, soft, and brightly hued hair with the help of Aveda products. They offer hair-maintenance packages ranging from monthly and six-week regiments to daily pats on the head for strand morale. The staff also focuses on the rest of clients' bodies during relaxing massages, Brazilian waxes, and mani-pedis with OPI polish.
Since 1981, the experienced beauticians at Nina's New Image Salon have been extricating rogue hairs to reveal smooth skin surfaces. Using a combination of mind control and the clinging powers of heated wax, the professional pruners slim and shape eyebrows ($15), smooth underarms ($30), and de-hair lower legs ($50). Skin-smoothers can also opt for a full-facial wax ($45) to refine all surfaces of smile mantles, or revitalize torsos with a back or chest waxing ($60 each). The waxing session leaves skin free of fuzz for up to eight weeks, which is exactly how long it takes to mash eight potatoes with a pin.
After discussing your back's particular bothers with a friendly therapist, you'll lie peacefully on a bed of clean sheets heated by a warming blanket. One of Selah's therapists signs a war treaty with tight muscles, deploys troops of Swedish strokes, and drops bombs of pressure to leave bodily tissues content. Believing it important to pause life for a moment of healing meditation, Selah focuses on helping customers relax, reduce stress, and improve posture and circulation with its Swedish massages.