Licensed cosmetologist Sammy’s hair-color education spans the country, with trainings at both Wella Academy locations in New York and San Francisco. Not wanting to offend either coast, she has settled nearly smack dab in the middle of the country, where she dispenses expert cuts, color, updos, and perms inside Studio S. Sammy also tickles toes during pedicures and detaches face fuzz using a vat of warm wax.
At Sunsation Spa, a team of highly trained tanning consultants assists patrons in choosing from a succinct yet diverse selection of UV tanning beds. Twenty-minute sessions in the SunStar bed gently tan unsunned skin, and the 48 lamps and quartet of facial tanners in the SolarForce beds maintain golden hues in 12 minutes or less.
Nestled in the heart of Des Moines’ revitalized Ingersoll district, Axis Salon & Day Spa unites a range of beauty specialists under one roof. Within the tranquil facility, the hair salon’s stylists, colorists, and extensions experts brush elbows with massage therapists, aestheticians, and permanent-makeup artists from the day spa, which pampers guests with facials, waxing, and nail services. Axis also schedules free hair-restoration consultations for customers in partnership with the Reese Hair Restoration center, which is home to the only Iowa physician certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. Further beautifying their patrons, the salon stocks Rusk products so they can achieve lustrous hair or give the cat a mohawk at home.
The Family Tree’s experienced aesthetician, Linda Tyler, unveils inner radiance with a host of spa services. After evaluating countenances with the steady eye of a neurosurgeon eagle, Linda delivers a rejuvenating European facial to smooth away signs of weary skin. Specially crafted poultices delve into pores with the intent of exfoliating the scattered nooks and crannies before a facial massage soothes tense cheekbones. Facials conclude with a mask, which infuses visages with the vitality they need to stare down their own reflections. A therapeutic eye mask nourishes peepers, and a cleansing hand scrub banishes dead skin. After 90 minutes of thorough pampering, guests leave The Family Tree with a complimentary hand-scrub kit for home.