Getting an awful haircut can be an oddly traumatizing experience. When a teenaged Elizabeth Ford got an awful haircut, she used it as inspiration to work toward opening her own salon one day, where she would ensure her clients would leave happy with how they look. She eventually opened As You Like It Salon and Spa, where after 35 years she's still motivated by the idea that everyone should have a style that makes them feel beautiful. To that end, her and a team of stylists perform everything from haircuts and coloring treatments to keratin and bioionic hair-straightening services.
Over the years Elizabeth also added a spa, and now counts a certified aesthetician and massage therapist among her ranks. Resident aesthetician Gina used to be a television makeup artist, and the studio offers makeup applications as well as lash extensions and glycolic facials. Massage services include relaxation and prenatal sessions, as well as essential oil-based raindrop therapy, which is generally preferred to lightning therapy.
The owners of Farashé the Day Spa designed it with the feng shui elements of water, fire, metal, wood, and earth in mind. It makes for a fitting setting, since the treatments that take place there, like feng shui, draw from ancient Eastern healing philosophies. These Ayurvedic treatments range from scalp massages that stimulate the senses to applications of warm oils that separate clients from the lampposts to which they’ve frozen their foreheads. Aestheticians also perform Western spa treatments including facials with Dermalogica or GM Collin products. During body treatments, therapists draw from natural ingredients, such as mineral salts and sea mud, which clients then wash off with a massaging Vichy shower. Treatments take place amid the arched doorways and draped gold silk curtains that mark the spa’s Indian- and Moroccan-influenced decor.
When the team of licensed massage therapists aren’t targeting knots with Swedish, deep-tissue, and myofascial-release techniques, they advise clients on matters of fitness and nutrition. Devout believers in the health benefits of massage, the staff spends much of the time attending conferences and devising new treatments. These treatments sometimes make it onto a list of services selected for their ability to help reduce cellulite, release endorphins, and ease digestive problems caused by accidentally swallowed car keys.
The relaxation experts at Tocar Spa offer a number of variations on one soothing theme—massage. Staff members are trained in classic modalities such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, as well as sports, hot stone, and aromatherapy techniques. Prenatal, orthopedic, and geriatric massages cater to clients with specific needs, while lessons in couples massage teach participants how to bring the healing home.
Studio K owners Kathy and Cliff Hughes have assembled an auspicious roster of licensed staff members who provide a comprehensive list of haircare services. Quality products such as Morrocanoil, Redken, and Matrix aid trained scissorhands to produce lustrous results, inducing jealousy from freshly waxed cars and slickly waxed mustaches. Women can don a range of styles from summery bobs to floor-length evening 'dos, and men traditionally opt for short, polished pompadours. After locks are adjusted to the optimal length, blow dryers gently cement styles without the harsh bronzing techniques of yesteryear.
The holistic healers at Nourishing Journey aim to remove harmful toxins harbored in the physique with an array of customized wellness services. During the 30-minute ionic footbath, lower paws take a dip in a soothing basin brimming with ionic energies. A gentle electrical current moves through the bath, helping to neutralize negatively charged ions in the body while purging toxins through the feet's pores and ankles' trap doors. Twenty minutes in the infrared sauna sheathes skin in radiant heat, causing sweat factories to kick into high gear. The relaxing warmth wraps around clients as impurities are pushed through the pores, ultimately aiding in strengthening the immune system, rejuvenating the skin, and relieving stress. A colon-hydrotherapy treatment is designed to de-gunk the large intestine by gently removing built up toxins and impacted waste. During the 45-minute session, pressurized water flushes through internal pathways, which can hydrate the body, bolster weight loss, and test water-park blueprints with replica-size tube slides.
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