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A tranquil experience awaits clients who waltz through the doors of A New Length Salon & Day Spa, where attentive staffers greet them with an array of hair, skin, and massage services. Five stylists scurry across the salon floor, skillfully tending to manes with customized haircuts, highlights, and straightening treatments utilizing more than 15 brands of beauty products including Keune and Bio Ionic haircare. Inside a private treatment room, an aesthetician tends to skin, peering into pores to decipher skin types and predict next week's lottery numbers. Visages can be balanced and restored to more youthful appearances with the aid of traditional aesthetic services, such as brow tinting and waxing, or more advanced medi-spa treatments such as Diamond microdermabrasion. Faces are further beautified at the hands of a trained makeup artist wielding True skincare and cosmetics, a line of products infused with a free-radical fighting antioxidant. During makeup applications, artists narrate every brush stroke so clients can recreate the look at home. A New Length's staff also uses their beautification skills to pay it forward by donating proceeds from haircuts, facials, massages, and pink polish to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.

6078 Mechanicsville Tpke
Mechanicsville,
VA
US

At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.

Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.

8413 Patterson Ave
Richmond,
VA
US

Rita Gregory began wearing acrylic nails in 1982 and continued wearing them for six years. Over this time, they caused severe damage to her natural fingernails. She sought advice at nail salons, but the professionals she asked didn't offer a satisfactory solution—they simply recommended covering up the damage with more artificial nails. So Rita began conducting her own research.

Atir Natural Nail Care is the culmination of her studies; it’s not only a nail salon, but a nail clinic, where technicians strive to educate clients about natural nail care and nail health. Drawing from her research, they smooth cuticles, strengthen fingernails, and moisturize hands. Treatments bridge the gap between health and beauty by utilizing natural ingredients such as tea-tree oil and shea butter, and Zoya and essie natural nail lacquers leave a gleaming shine without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.

11649 W Broad St
Richmond,
VA
US

Run by a talented support staff of more than 15 beauty experts, Ava's Day Spa eliminates unwanted hairs with waxing services cultivated through more than 25 years of experience. In a 20-minute session, customers can have follicular fuzz removed from facescapes such as the lip, brow, or chin to aid their emotion factory in delivering clear expressions ($15+). Make short work of troublesome tufts on the underarms ($25+) and back ($65+), or prepare for beach season by battling bristles on the bikini line ($35+) or legs ($65+) without the hassle of ceaseless shaving, time-consuming tweezing, or constantly hiding your lower half by burying it in the sand.

9127 W Broad St
Richmond,
VA
US

We are a three sisters in business for over 28 years doing the work personally and with a big Greek Family the entertainment is always free. It is a different experience once you have been to Andres you become a sister not a customer. Love your sisters at Andres Pamela, Elli, Cynthia, Dana, Jenny, Marygrace, & Jennifer

449 Forest Ave
Henrico,
VA
US

Deep-Tissue Massage: Like Untying Knots Buried in the Sand

Not simply focused on relaxation, deep-tissue massage seeks to relieve muscle pain through intense, deliberate strokes. Check out our guide to know what to expect.

Some entanglements have simple solutions: a wrinkled tablecloth can be smoothed out in minutes with an iron, and an unruly mess of hair needs only a tube of superglue to be set straight forever. But when the fascia?the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body?s muscles and bones?gets tied up in knots, it?s time to call in an expert.

?What deep-tissue massage purports to do a lot of the time is mild fascial release, which is kind of warming up the fascia and releasing lactic acid and any other toxins that have built up there,? says Katie O?Reilly, associate editor for DaySpa magazine. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers and relieve pain and tension. More intense than Swedish massage, deep-tissue sessions can last up to 90 minutes, ensuring the therapist has enough time to devote to particularly troublesome trigger points.

Conventional wisdom states that a proper deep-tissue massage should be at least a little painful. This ?no pain, no gain? mentality, however, doesn't totally apply?a massage, no matter how intense, should still be relaxing, and O'Reilly notes, "If you?re getting beat up during the massage, you should probably tell the therapist to rein it in a little bit." Maintaining an open line of communication with your therapist is important for other reasons as well. He or she needs to know about your health history before administering the treatment, as the intensity of deep-tissue strokes may exacerbate certain medical conditions.

601 E. Southside Plaza
Richmond,
VA
US