State-licensed manicurist and nationally certified massage therapist Brenda eases the chronic pain of fatigued muscles and occasional embarrassment of unkempt nails at Cosmic Touch. She draws from 15 years of experience and an education from a COMTA-certified school and the Aveda Institute of Beauty and Wellness to deliver Swedish and therapeutic massage, targeted foot reflexology, and manicure and pedicure services. Shellac manicures are available to keep polished surfaces chip-free for up to 2 weeks or one tool-free attempt at carving your initials into a tree.
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's bevy of head-to-toe services call upon the buoying minerals of the sea to rejuvenate and revive nonamphibious bodies treading life's murky waters. A 45-minute spa manicure scrubs, soaks, rubs, and cloaks hands according to personal preference with a range of options, such as the soothing lavender bliss or the time-snubbing ageless treatment ($35). Guest can opt to keep follicular gardens free of unwanted weeds with waxing for lips ($12), brows ($14), bikini lines ($20), and more, and an eyelash tint dyes ocular frames to match a new hair hue or cell-phone cover ($20). Big spenders can also apply the value of this Groupon toward a pricier service, such as a 75-minute AquaVie facial experience, which flushes out spirit-badgering toxins and impurities with a customized deep cleansing, mask, and more ($75).
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.