Lauren Evans Mutch and Krystyn Whaley’s beauty icons were their own grandmothers, who taught them the importance of body and skin care. The duo even named their business after their inspirational grandmothers, and now pamper others with massages, mani-pedis, and custom facials. In addition to beauty treatments, acupuncture sessions can help relieve chronic pain, allergies, and bouts of depression.
Licensed acupuncturist Elizabeth Sartor, a graduate of the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s masters program, entertained herself as a kid by giving members of her family massages. Nowadays, she facilitates wellness in a more official capacity, as the head of Curadora Acupuncture at Ruby Dot Body & Skin Care. By inserting hair-like stainless-steel needles into her clients’ bodies along key energy pathways, she addresses an eclectic set of ailments. Her specialties alone run the gamut from fertility issues to insomnia, which she alleviates by giving every patient a teddy. To enhance her customized treatments, she can incorporate nonacupuncture techniques, such as gentle electrical stimulation or cupping, which stimulates lymphatic circulation with suction from a warm glass cup.
At Beauty Bar, purple-and-white checkered floors, a disco ball, and other retro-themed decor transports cocktail hour back to the ’70s. While guests sip on martinis and other cocktails, glamour technicians beautify nails with express manicures, topping nails with long-lasting polish instead of melted-down fishing lures. The vintage saloon stays open until 2 a.m., allowing guests to flaunt their freshly dazzling nails on the dance floor during DJ nights like the hip-hop ladies night or Friday dance parties.
Blithe Salon’s staff includes hair stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists who work together to refresh body and spirit. For a new look from the shoulders up, clients can settle into a styling chair for a haircut, keratin straightening treatment, or color service. The skin becomes the focal point during European facials and microdermabrasion treatments, each of which is performed by a 22-year veteran of the skin care industry. Massage therapists Carolyn and Michelle, meanwhile, offer respites from the daily grind with soothing and therapeutic treatments such as hot bamboo massage.
The take-home pedicure kits at The Denver Nail Lounge are more than a nice perk; they also help the staff uphold the highest level of sanitation and safety. By equipping clients with their own set of files, buffers, and toe separators—as well as disinfecting all tools—techs are able to divert their attention from worrying about cleanliness to getting lost in the salon’s line of pampering pedicures. This comfort has the added benefit of creating a friendly rapport between clients and technicians, allowing them to chat, laugh, and gossip about weather reports during gel manicures and brow waxes.
In addition to harboring safe practices, the salon’s interior creates a festive vibe with hot-pink pedicure thrones, bright orange pillows, and shelves boasting a kaleidoscopic rainbow of OPI polishes.