In the warm Caribbean air, peacocks march with self-assurance, their wide plumes of feathers flashing those eyes that look like sliced avocados. While on vacation, Amanda Bell witnessed firsthand the confident strut of these elegant birds instantly demanding her attention. When she returned to the States to open Nova Bella Salon & Spa, it was only natural that she would choose the peacock as its symbol, since it is her mission to make her clients look and feel as confident as those brazen birds of the Caribbean.
Amanda Bell was born into the beauty industry. A third-generation stylist, she spent her childhood in her grandmother's salon and her teenage years in her mother's. A prodigious beautician, she obtained her cosmetology license before finishing high school. These days, she and her staff of hairstylists and relaxation experts keep their beauty-boosting skills sharp by taking Redken advanced training courses and sneaking into department stores to practice on mannequins.
The sprightly staff at Logan pampers clients with an array of coiffure-crafting and skin-smoothing treatments. Feet soak in an aromatic bath during the 30-minute express pedicure ($35) before experts moisturize the feet and shape and paint nails, while a 30-minute express manicure ($25) delivers expedited hand pampering with a moisturizer and nail polish. Customers can soothe delicate infant muscles and connect with their child with an approximately one-hour infant massage class ($35), during which parents deliver comfort and relief to small muscles weary from rapid growing. Unwelcome body hair is banished with depilatory services, which provide waxing for the eyebrows ($16+) and underarms ($36+). Or harness spiritual energy with a 30-minute Reiki massage treatment ($40+), during which practitioner and recipient alike can concentrate on relaxation or chatting with the soul of the universe.
Flo Hair Studio's arsenal of professional Joico styling products and tools pamper pompadours and help create luscious locks. The K-Pak ReconstrRx VaporIron employs ceramic heat and specialized VaporFuel to minimize curl reversion, reduce color loss, and enhance hair health. A special reservoir of moisturizer- and silicone-infused VaporFuel dissipates into nourishing steam as the iron passes over tresses, leaving them straight and glossy. The iron's 9-foot swivel cord facilitates a full range of styling motions and impromptu jump-rope competitions between brushes and combs. The VaporIron comes with a complimentary bottle of VaporFuel and an instructional DVD.
Columbia’s The Salon’s epidermal artisans refurbish fusty faces, carapaces, and physiques with a suite of beautification treatments. During DermaSweep microdermabrasion sessions, experienced aestheticians counsel countenances with exfoliation and mild suction, gently jettisoning do-nothing dead skin cells like so many plastic egg shells to reveal the glistening Fabergé surfaces underneath. The multi-level, particle-free treatment helps to create butter-smooth skin as the wand’s vacuum action roots out pore-plugging oil, stimulates blood flow, and conjures collagen formation to tone and firm cutis contours. Hands made rough by sun, soap, and slap fights with the belt sander undergo a comprehensive surface scrub with a mitt-enhancing exfoliation session of their own.
Body Sugaring and Wellness Lounge spreads a sweet mixture of sugar, lemon, and water on skin to remove unwanted hair without the pain and ingrown hairs of waxing. The room-temperature paste, which is used for bikini sugaring ($40) and full-face sugaring ($50), lubricates follicles, helping the aestheticians effortlessly remove unwanted strands in the direction of growth and simultaneously exfoliating skin. Water-soluble amalgamations easily rinse off, leaving behind smooth skin and eliminating risks of being followed home by sweet-toothed children.
Owned and directed by Rachel E. Hall, MD, Expecting Well is a maternity spa and wellness center providing services designed to help women experience happy, healthy pregnancies. Mothers-to-be can take care of follicular needs with body-sugaring treatments that can be more comfortable than traditional waxing. Experienced aestheticians de-fuzz areas from brows ($18) to bikini lines ($45), including chins ($18), underarms ($30), and any palmed peaches patrons manage to smuggle into the spa.
Stronghold Gym, a full-service climbing and training facility, helps budding rock-scalers hone their abilities on a 45-foot climbing tower and two onsite bouldering caves. Climbers can scamper up the walls like a man with incredibly long legs and rubber-cement hands with the help of friends or opt to drop by from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends when staff members are present to help with belaying. After ascending to the rocky heights, individuals can hit Stronghold's cardio and weight training equipment to continue their workouts post-climb. Yoga and fitness classes are also offered onsite in its two fitness studios.