Cuticle caretaker Heidi Bishop at Star 21 Salon indulges clients with a 90-minute mani-pedi that relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the fingers and toes. At the pedi station, a warm bath soaks feet, softening skin for a scrub that scours inseams and heels to remove calluses earned during barefoot treadmill contests. Next, Heidi’s deft digits push and clip cuticles before applying a rich moisturizer and a coat of OPI polish. During the manicure, Heidi pampers hands with the same regimen of soaking, shaping, and polishing.
AquaVie Day Spa has beautified bodies from head to toe with skin-resurfacing body wraps and specialized facial treatments since 1974. During the 75-minute body wrap, a specialist massages flesh with a deeply exfoliating scrub, after which the entire physique is cocooned in a lactic-acid cream that can reduce wrinkles and improve skin's texture, appearance, and resistance to hugs from elderly bears. Patients rinse away the cream in a relaxing shower before being massaged with neutralizing balm and moisturizer. The multifaceted mini facial enhances lips with a solution that smoothes and plumps kissers for maximum whistling ability, and refreshes the skin surrounding peepers with a specialized eye treatment. The application of a scalp-quenching formula keeps hair follicles supple and moisturized. Each patient can fight wrinkles on skin or smooth out unreadable, crumpled newspapers with a take-home tube of Crème de Vie Essential Youth body cream by Vie Collection.
At Wax In The City, the cream and hard waxes are blended specifically to minimize discomfort. Stringent about this technique, each in-house aesthetician is trained on how to properly blend and apply the waxes, stamping out any inferior methods the aestheticians may have picked up at other waxing businesses. In addition to keeping clients comfortable, the staff also keeps them safe. They strictly forbid double dipping and wear gloves during each waxing service.
The interior of Roxy CarMichaels Salon conjures an industrial feel that complements the brickyard area surrounding the studio. Naked light bulbs dangle above the graphite-gray floor, and red metal toolboxes stand ready at every styling station, but this factory-like aesthetic is immediately contradicted by the staff members' warm greetings and personalized attention. The trio of master stylists listens to clients’ wildest hair desires while considering matters of texture and facial shape, recommending cuts that augment cheekbones, skirt jawlines, or cover up snapping mandibles. Translucent dividers portion the studio from the waiting area for a contemporary aesthetic that sets clients at ease while they sort through the coffee table’s mound of magazines.
Part of the venerable Paul Mitchell network, the Salt Lake City school channels its doctrines of style and technique through a squad of students supervised by professional instructors. Inside the school’s 22,000-square-foot facility, beauty-gurus-to-be assuredly snip away during haircuts, each of which includes a five-minute scalp massage, and slather on lactic-acid peels, each of which includes a five-minute memoriam to dead skin cells. Tresses can be smoothed into submission with a flatiron, curled into a hirsute coil, or stylishly swept into an updo. Students complement these many shapes with bold or subtle coloring treatments, sometimes relying on block or dimensional color to add depth.
Paul Mitchell the School trains its students to be citizens of the world as well as ambassadors of beauty. The school sets an example worth following with its eco-friendly practices and support for charitable causes that give back to the local community.