The techs at all Victoria's Nails and Spa locations have one thing in common: they pride themselves on running clean shops where clients can come to get their paws pampered. Techs do their best work at the foot of comfortable pedicure chairs, where they apply polish to toes to make them more attractive and less likely to be mistaken for weird bugs and stepped on.
Amavi Salon opened in 1992. Since then, it has cultivated an inventive approach to haircare the staff calls "fortetherapy." While their menu of services looks deceptively similar to what one would expect at most salons, their guiding philosophy is different. Fortetherapy refers to the staff's efforts to put the health and integrity of clients' hair at the forefront of every treatment, even if it means flying in the face of industry trends. Their entire selection of products is plant- and botanical-based, lacking aniline dye, ammonia, and all the other things Dr. Doom drizzles on his salads. Amavi Salon's color products, specifically, squeeze a salutary dose of ceramide silk proteins, aloe vera, avocado oil, and anti-oxidants into each application.
As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.
Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.
Rizzieri is an Aveda-partnered beauty institute that doles out hair and skincare services. A cut and style (women, $18; men, $12) trims head-shrubs into an artfully presented garden, and partial highlights ($32+) brighten locks until they radiate like the sun eating a smaller sun. The Outer Peace facial ($42) arranges exfoliating treatises with blemishes, and skin fuzz cowers away from Rizzieri Aveda's specialists during hair-removal treatments, from eyebrows ($8), to bikini areas ($15), to the 3 inches inside of the ear.
At Salon LimeLight, stylists approach each mane with an artistic eye. After consulting with clients, they enlist Goldwell color products and knowledge of trending styles to sculpt hair into fresh looks or neoclassical busts. Though they're trained in multiple beautifying services, the staff specializes in smoothing tresses with Brazilian blowouts and revitalizing them with gleaming color. Nail services add hue to digits as well, and specialty OPI gel manicures keep finger shades unmarked for up to two weeks. The comprehensive services unfold in an intimate boutique setting where natural light illuminates light lime walls and potted bamboo.
Though feet quite literally support the body, reflexologist Grace A. Morrow takes that idea several steps further—from her perspective, feet are the gateway to the entire body's wellbeing. In reflexology, each of several dozen pressure points on the bottom of each foot corresponds to a different organ or area of the body. By manipulating these pressure points using massage techniques, Morrow works to stimulate certain processes throughout the body. The idea is that this can help the body heal itself of various ailments, resulting in anything from reduced pain and muscle tension to increased energy and relaxation. Clients can arrange to have Morrow visit them in the office after a day spent chasing down runaway rolling chairs.