Billowing drapes, exposed brick walls, and playful zebra-print furniture fill Swan Skin and Nail Spa, where owner Swangela Barlow brings her clientele up to speed on the latest developments in mani-pedis, facials, eyelashes, and waxing services. Barlow's diverse nail services—a specialty—include children's manicures, long-lasting shellac-gel treatments, and Minx manicures, a wholly customizable favorite of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Extreem Beauty Discount Hair Salon tells it like it is. The self-proclaimed “baddest but cheapest upscale hair salon on the south side” caters to women of all ages with its haircare services. From natural looking sew-in weaves to deep conditioning and haircuts, the stylists beautify hair based on each client’s unique needs. Along with haircare, the staff provides nailcare and makeup application.
In 1990, while still in college, Sherita Cherry started her hair care career as a shampoo girl. What began as a part-time job soon became a full-time passion: she refined her styling skills, racked up hair competitions victories around the world, and, eventually, opened her own salon, Genesis Hair Art, specializing in corrective color and gray coverage.
Sherita Cherry—a National Color Educator for Paul Mitchell—and her stylists conduct soothing shampoos at the quiet Lather Lounge, offering optional add-ons such as scalp massages with heated conditioner. Afterward, they customize looks according to each client's face shape, hair color, and favorite Jacobean neck ruff. Of course, that shade can change at Genesis's Color Bar, where color specialists brighten or darken locks with personalized hues made from Paul Mitchell colors. To help customers maintain their looks after appointments, Genesis Hair Art stocks top-line hair products by Paul Mitchell, Kera-Care, and PhytoSpecific.
With more than 15 years of experience, the ladies at Atlanta Skin Care Experts help forge shapely bodies and glowing skin. The staff of licensed aestheticians offers ultrasonic liposuction cavitation therapy, which beams rays deep into the body to help break down bothersome fat cells. Aestheticians also revitalize visages through custom facial treatments and threading services.
All treatments last one hour and are administered by aestheticians who customize procedures to suit the particular skin type and belly button concavity of each client. During a celestial facial, clients are pampered with dual cleansing, steam therapy, gentle extraction, mask, and massage. The treatment balances skin tone, sloughs off dead cells, and purges pores of grease, grime, and misplaced roller-skates. The mineral salt scrub excavates deep beneath dermal strata to reveal smooth, glowing skin. Sink into a plush, heated bed to be slathered with mineral salt and then wiped clean with steam towels and kitten tongues. The treatment concludes with a warm shower, light massage, and rich body cream. Sea mud wraps detoxify, exfoliate, and nourish with seaweed, botanicals, and plant enzymes. Sealed in a warm, relaxing wrap of mineral clay, patients will feel like Cleopatra being fit for her custom-built sarcophagus. Those opting for a Swedish massage will be gently stroked with kneading and effleurage (gliding pressure applied by thumb pad or fingertip). Totally relax while circulation is stimulated and stress icicles melt into pristine mountain fresh water and edelweiss.
Though it has all the standard spa treatments—facials, body wraps, massages—The Spa at Wellness Works extends its attention beyond the reach of a typical day spa. With personal-training sessions and weight-loss services, the self-improvement haven welcomes clients to a complete wellness center dedicated to improving appearances, physical health, and mental telepathy. The center also hosts a variety of fitness and education events, including boot-camp sessions, cooking classes, and wellness seminars, to teach participants skills that they can apply to their daily lives.
Board-certified physician Dr. Lisa Perry has declared war on Father Time. Flanked by a dedicated staff and an onsite medical aesthetician, the doctor ushers men and women into her Camp Creek Medical Plaza stronghold, setting forth to vanquish fine lines and smooth and tighten skin with medical-grade spa services. Backed by more than 15 years of experience in nonsurgical rejuvenation services, the staff skillfully halts the progression of wrinkles by administering nerve-blocking dermal fillers such as Botox and clears façades of dead cells and spray-painted street-art cartoons with microdermabrasion’s multitudes of tiny crystals. In addition to facial treatments, the staff also performs light chemical peels, massage, and laser hair removal and stocks the spa’s shelves with Obagi medical-grade skincare products.