One service offered at Micah Thomas Studios might come as a surprise to salon-goers: contouring body wraps. The slimming service differs from the rest of the salon's treatments, which focus on hair. Aside from traditional haircuts and coloring treatments, stylists also offer sew-ins, dreads, and extensions.
Licensed master cosmetologist Ginette Gilbert runs the show at Djea Natural Hair Spa, where she oversees a team that specializes in natural hair services. Professional African braiders twist hair into intricate patterns, while stylists cut and color hair, sew in weaves, and style strands into cascading waves. To do so, the team uses products from Pravana and Uncle Funky's Daughter haircare lines, the latter of which conditions and defines hair using plant-based ingredients such as aloe and coconut. Elsewhere in the salon, aestheticians treat skin to clarifying face and body treatments or enhance glances with faux eyelashes.
For a lusher head of hair or more dramatic eyebrows, clients visit HeadKandi Boutique, where real hair is sold as weaves and extensions, and stylists perform beauty services. The hair is sourced from around the world, and its quality is consistently high. That's because it's unprocessed and kept in its natural state, arriving on heads in its naturally bouncy, healthy form.
The La Vie Spa & Salon story began simply, when Amy and Ken Elias started their spa in a cozy house with a small team of massage and hydro therapists. Since then, La Vie Spa & Salon has blossomed into a comprehensive 5,000 square foot monument to beauty and health, with a diverse menagerie of professional stylists, estheticians, and specialists. While they provide a wide range of fundamental beauty services?such as haircuts, manicures, and facials?the staff also betters bodies with a slate of unorthodox offerings?such as colon cleanses, hypnotherapy, and rejuvenating bio-mat sessions. Their therapists cull from a sweeping repertoire of bodywork, including healing deep-tissue and detoxifying lymphatic drainage massage.
Their staff of fitness professionals lead personal training and yoga classes in the onsite gym. For communal pampering, The team also hosts spa parties complete with specialty treatments, food, and drinks, ideal for bridal groups preparing for a wedding or varsity men's rugby teams hoping to intimidate their opponents with their crystal clear complexions.
Within La Ritz Spa and Salon's 4,000-square-foot beauty center, aestheticians and massage therapists dote on clients in 15 private treatment rooms. Skincare experts draw from a menu of more than 15 facials, including a pumpkin-peel facial whose enzymes won't irritate sensitive skin and an olive-oil and leaf mask for dry and mature skin.
Clients reward their muscles for carrying cars over large puddles by undergoing the stress- and tension-eliminator massage, a bodywork treatment that starts with a scalp rub and slowly works its way down to the neck, shoulders, arms, and feet. The center's staff also includes hairstylists who leverage international training to yield fashionably cut and colored 'dos.