It’s fitting that Kelly Mosher works out of Reflection Salon & Spa, because the hairstylist’s fashionable cuts and texturizing treatments oftentimes reflect the salon’s own chic décor. Kelly seems to feel right at home in her surroundings, greeting clients in the comfortable waiting area before leading them to the shampoo station’s row of throne-like chairs. When she isn’t washing, conditioning, and cutting hair, Kelly enhances eyelashes with natural-looking extensions that heighten the drama of every wink or perplexed squint.
Having returned to the mainland from Hawaii, stylist Mica Popovich didn't travel light. His head was—and still is—brimming with techniques and ideas instilled from his professional training. Like many of the team members at Fusion Salon and Spa, he learned his craft under masters at places such as Vidal Sassoon and Bumble and bumble, practicing the creation of both classic and innovative cuts.
Fusion channels his and others' talents into highly personalized services. Trims, blow-dries, and conditioning treatments refresh 'dos, whereas color and highlights enliven locks with new shades. To fashion straighter hair, the staff administers Brazilian blowouts and Japanese permanent straightening procedures, which flatten frizz more practically than strictly avoiding the use of all electricity. Airbrush tanning, skincare, and mani-pedis complete comprehensive makeovers. Unlike the vibe at many high-end salons, Fusion's atmosphere is hardly competitive. Instead, it's welcoming, thanks to the supportive artists, all of whom encourage one another to develop lasting relationships with their clients.
Some may wonder why Regina Collins left an 11-year career in the marketing field to empty her 401K and open her own spa, but the answer is clear from her upbringing. The daughter of a cosmetologist with decades of experience, Regina knew exactly what she could do when the stress of working in the corporate sphere grew too great. She decided to train as a massage therapist, and today, Simple Serenity Spa stands as a relaxing destination for massages, body wraps, and facials. Regina stocks the spa with her own paraben-free skincare line Cellz + Skin Care. These 22 products are color-coded so customers can pick formulas to suit their needs with yellow products for sensitive complexions, blue for mature skin, and tie-dyed for chameleons.
Skintastik crafts a winning combination of professional tools and products to prod skin into its original, youthful shape. The ultrasonic facial sends out low-frequency ultrasound waves that generate gentle water bubbles, which detect baby faces and actual babies floating beneath your visage. With no crystals or chemicals, the treatment is appropriate for acne- and rosacea-plagued skin. Three-step treatments begin as air-filled orbs go to work removing dead surface cells, dirt, and bacteria. Next, an antioxidant infusion introduces youth to lower levels of the dermis to increase collagen production, in a process akin to flooding skin's basement with marshmallows. In the final phase, microcurrent therapy uses a low-level electrical current to remind sluggish cells what they're supposed to be doing.
The staff greets Dream Day Spa's visitors with a glass of sparkling mineral water and a smile—a mere prelude to the pampering that is to come in this oasis's treatment rooms. Massages send tension drifting up into the ether, and body wraps exfoliate and nourish the skin. The spa's overflowing bath provides a continuous flow of burbling water, keeping the body warm and immersed throughout the session, and the steam room opens the pores with piped-in eucalyptus scents.
Facials fight signs of aging, and chemical peels provide more dramatic results by stripping away the topmost layer of skin. This removes everything from sun damage to wrinkles to the stubborn body glitter left over from your prom.
As its plainspoken name suggests, The Shop, which is located inside El Dorado Physical Therapy, eschews frills in favor of a no-nonsense approach to massage therapy. The studio’s staff recognizes that the frenetic pace of modern life can lead to real health problems. In order to combat the stress of sitting in a traffic jam or the muscle spasms associated with hurling a stalled semitruck off the highway, they rely on a technique known as Royal Touch massage. This specialty therapy combines the penetrating pressures of a deep-tissue massage with the ancient Chinese techniques of acupressure. Their other healing modalities are a bit more straightforward, though hardly less effective. The list includes a soothing lymph therapy along with Swedish, deep-tissue, and Shiatsu massages.
When muscles' fibers part ever so slightly, blood flows efficiently and healing begins. At Healing Arts Awareness, licensed massage therapist Rob Warfield creates this space within muscles by working across the fibers—a technique appropriately dubbed cross-fiber. Rob often integrates innovative methods such as cross-fiber strokes, acupressure (trigger-point work), and stretching into his massage therapy sessions, depending on whether his clients are sore from a tough week, experiencing the physical challenges of pregnancy, or dealing with chronic muscular disorders. And of course, Rob can also deploy these specialized maneuvers to boost the healing effects of more traditional Swedish, sports, and pregnancy massages. Relaxation and healing is furthered with the soothing sounds of tropical raindrops with crickets or oceanwaves crashing on shore.