A Head of Class Salon and Day Spa?s staff unfurl an array of beautifying services amid the creative ambiance of a grand fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and chandeliers. Haircuts and coloring treatments beautify heads, and small vats of honey wax remove unwanted tuffs for a finish as smooth as Dean Martin?s forehead. Spa services include facials, massages, and pedicures administered in a relaxing whirlpool footbath and massage chair. Bridal packages prepare ladies for that special day with updos, manicures, and makeup.
For the past eight years, licensed massage therapist Pamela S.R. Williams has been improving clients' well-being with massage therapy. Expertly trained at the New York Institute of Massage, Pam's hands execute a variety of full-body massage techniques—literally from head to foot—to address health issues ranging from lower back pain to postsurgery swelling to depression. Patrons also regularly visit Keep In Touch Massage for rejuvenating spa services designed to soften skin or cleanse the body of impurities and permanent marker graffiti.
Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
Andrea Schilling worked for nearly 15 years as a licensed massage therapist before her love of eastern medicine drove her to broaden her skill set. Combining her already significant knowledge of the body with extensive training in acupuncture techniques, Chinese medicine, and facial rejuvenation, Andrea founded Acupuncture Works so that she could provide her clients with comprehensive holistic health services. Specialties include acu-facials, infertility, and pain management.
Inside Extreme Sun Capsule, customers can easily get a sun-kissed glow in UV tanning beds that span multiple levels of intensity, including 15-minute magnum beds. Unlike low-pressure tanning beds, which require 10-15 visits for a base tan, high-pressure beds save time by only requiring 3-4 sessions that last approximately 12 minutes each. The 360-degree UVA high-pressure bulbs used in each bed's open design also help to decrease the risk of burn in a comfortable space. The salon offers spray tanning, too, in Mystic Tan booths that deliver a custom glow in minutes. After sessions, a cornucopia of lotions helps customers prolong the life of their tan.
High-school pals Andrea Veres and Christina Yeates drew inspiration from their own friendship when they opened The Waxing Studio & Spa in 2006, treating skin with the same care they give each other. Their approach is low-tech and gentle, and the airy spa's sleek, black-and-robin's-egg-blue rooms stay chic and tidy with nontoxic, earth-friendly cleaners. Light streams into the quiet massage rooms, where therapists demonstrate camaraderie during tandem and couples massages, before showing commitment to the earth by laundering towels in high-efficiency machines.
Aestheticians gently balance complexions with bronze scales and Hungarian skincare products from Szép Elét, an organic line rich in active ingredients and aromatic botanicals. The Waxing Studio & Spa’s defuzzing specialists created a stage between a traditional bikini wax and a Brazilian—jokingly dubbed the "B.I.T." or Brazilian In Training—to ease women into skimpier swimsuits without cutting support for bacon consumption, and eyebrow specialists will shape arches for men and women with tweezers or the ancient art of threading.
To support their community, the staff invites local vendors to display their handmade jewelry, paintings, and purses in the boutique alongside Szép Elét tonics to take home.