With just two chairs in the cutting room and two basins in the color and wash room, the stylists at Towheads Hair Studio ensure the place is never too crowded. This allows them ample room to maneuver their elbows when sculpting chic new looks or slathering heads with professional Redken products. But the studio’s polished hardwood floor reflects more than just hair flying from heads—precision waxing services sharpen eyebrows and clear upper lips of unwanted fuzz.
Hairology's Redken- and Keratin-certified stylists shape, color, and smooth coiffures with professional products. After a verbal consultation about the patron's desired mane shape, skilled staffers suds, rinse, and snip locks into fetching styles and blow-dry heads for formal dinner dates or informal poker parties with visiting royalty. During the 60- to 90-minute coloring sessions, high-quality Redken products transform locks with rich hues or strategically placed highlights.
At Trendz Beauty Academy, savvy stylists and aestheticians join forces to churn out a fresh generation of cosmetologists, nail technicians, and barbers versed in the latest beautifying techniques. Licensed instructors supervise novice pamperers as they douse visages with Dermalogica products to awaken baby blues in the revitalizing eye-rescue treatment ($10) or gift countenances a mini facial ($15) to leave mugs as healthy and brilliant as Aristotle's fitness routine. Brow and lip waxes ($4.50 each) prep skin canvasses for a makeup artist's mineral-dusted brush during a makeover ($10). Meanwhile, hot-oil bathes paws during a manicure ($8) as pedicures revamp footscapes ($10) and stylize toe puppets. Hairs services, such as natural-hair braiding, are also available.
When they aren't mending muscles with traditional Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports techniques, the therapists at Medical Massage for Health & Healing target stubborn knots with hot stones and bamboo. Another specialty is the Thai-stem coconut massage, a tropical treatment steeped in Asian skincare techniques. During this treatment, therapists rub skin with a steamed coconut oil that's flush with antioxidants and natural anti-aging properties, a procedure that leaves the body's surface like Pluto's surface after a collision with an asteroid belt: soft and silky smooth.
The setting is equally relaxing. A trickling fountain soothes guests as they lounge in the waiting room, which takes on a warm, orange glow thanks to an electric fireplace. Inside the private massage room, roses adorn a swirling wall ornament and anatomical charts pinpoint the location of the elusive funny bone.
Instead of asking patrons to go out of their way and drive to a massage studio, the licensed massage therapists of Aesthetic Bodyworks Mobile Massage relieve tension through sessions in the comfort of each client's home. Beyond traditional Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, they can rejuvenate the senses with aromatherapy essential oils and erase chronic aches with Japanese finger-pressure techniques during shiatsu massages. The team also provides the relaxing entertainment during Ladies Night In parties or the Mega Party package, where therapists dole out 5- to 10-minute chair massages for a minimum of 50 people or one 50-person conga line.
In a renovated three-story Victorian-style mansion originally built at the turn of the century, a team of experienced technicians remodels phalanges with aromatic peppermint manicures and pedicures. For more than 10,000 years, peppermint's cool menthol emissions have been used medicinally to soothe epidermises, increase memory, and put out forest fires. During the 90-minute mani-pedi package, revitalizing peppermint aromas surround guests while their feet bathe in swirling pools of warm water. Next, specialists tenderly trim overgrown talons before buffing away rough edges, pruning nail beds, and coating nails with a choice of polish.