To Mary Valdez, there’s more to massage than just touch. The massage therapist believes that education should augment every bodywork treatment, and that it’s her job to help her clients understand why they’re experiencing discomfort and how they can prevent it. Of course, touch is crucial, and Mary draws upon her many certifications in Swedish, hot-stone, and shell massage to create a tailored service that offers a soothing antidote to each client's chief complaint. In a dimly lit room, Mary provides her clients with pillows, bolsters, and a heating blanket, and conducts her massages using heated oils and lotions to provide maximum comfort and relief.
The stylists at Hairworxs Salon want their clients' hair to look great both now and later. To achieve the former, they create designer cuts and styles, adding pizazz when needed with full highlights and Paul Mitchell color treatments. To ensure hair stays healthy, they coat strands with black 15in1, which boasts 15 benefits, from protecting hair against UV rays and heat to adding moisture and shine.
Studio owner and operator Billyne Dowdy has over 20 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist and is a member of the top–ranked Odyssey Nail Systems team in the NAILPRO Cup standings for outstanding beauticians. Get nails beautified and fortified with Dowdy’s gel manicure, a 15- to 30-minute session that bequeaths nails a shiny polish that can last three to four weeks with no chipping or fading and thereby safely increase the strength of the natural nail. The polish also dries nearly instantaneously, giving the digits immediate ability to grasp a quarter without smudging Paul Revere’s engraved face or cheerfully cheerlead at the day’s paper football matches.
Backed by their exclusive line of rejuvenating skincare products, the certified medical aestheticians at Bella Kara Skin Care can handle any skin concerns thrown their way. Relaxing spa rooms come stocked with the company’s personal line of eye creams, toners, and exfoliators, giving aestheticians the tools they need to fade signs of aging and erase blackheads. The techs combine their products with microcurrent-wave technology and LED-light therapy. They also enhance eyes with makeup and by individually applying NovaLash extensions or noodles to existing lashes.
With a menu of more than 100 personal pampering services, M Spa is a serene one-stop shop for a massage, facial, wax, manicure, and hairstyle. Evict split ends and matted vegemite with a custom haircut ($37+ for women, $24+ for men), then retint freshly hewn tresses with a single-process coloring ($49+). The exfoliating full-body scrub ($45) brushes off epidermal dross while rendering skin cases soft and smooth for upcoming pillow rivalries. A detox-seaweed body wrap enhances the body's own detoxification efforts ($85), and a manicure ($25+) and paraffin wax dip ($10) shape and shine raggedy digits in time for upcoming shadow-puppet competitions.