Judging from their natural ability to make small talk while cutting or coloring hair with precision, one might guess that The Beauty Bar’s hairstylists were actual bartenders in their former lives. That hypothesis is supported by the fact that guests are treated to complimentary mocktails upon arriving at the 2,100-square-foot salon. When they aren’t pouring shots of nourishing lotion and shampoo, the staff wax away unwanted body and facial hair, host spa parties, and prep brides-to-be for trips down the aisle. The salon’s nail technicians offer a full slate of natural nail treatments headlined by their signature ice-cream pedicure—a treat that includes a ME! Bath strawberry-ice-cream footbath, a marshmallow foot mask, and a maraschino cherry affixed to each toe.
Grace Designs & Esthetics’ skincare professionals upgrade the health and look of skin with face and body treatments performed inside a newly renovated space adorned with modern accents. While the spa’s makeup artists expertly camouflage imperfections, aestheticians work to correct their underlying causes with facials that rehabilitate dry, aging, or smart-mouthing skin.
After completing her training in massage therapy, Lisa M. Dean became certified in eight modalities, ranging from traditional Swedish to prenatal. Today at Beautiful Sunset Massage, she performs these massages along with pre-event stretching services for athletes.
Voted Best of Topeka by the Topeka Capital-Journal for 10 years running, Sun-Tana Mega Salon bronzes bodies with a UV-free VersaSpa spray and 20-minute tanning-bed sessions. Customers can heighten their hues while avoiding the sun's incessant text messaging with the sunless VersaSpa system, for which they can choose from a combination of bronzing solutions for personalized results. Bodies receive a preparatory spray and anti-aging hydration treatment before jumping In VersaSpa booths, a mix of skin-firming solutions coat skin with an even color while an air-purification system keeps booths comfortably breezy. Afterward, air gently blows across torsos so customers can emerge from the booth dry and free to re-don their powdered wigs without smudging. Tans appear within four hours and may last for up to seven days.
Jody Rowley wields experienced fingers over crimped spines with soothing massage, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, and stretches to balance the body and mind. During a massage session, turbulent muscles turn placid as Jody subdues knots and offers gentle instructions. The 60-minute Swedish massage ($50) addresses pain all over the body, moving all the way to the hands and feet with broad, flowing strokes that calm the nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. Gradually increasing pressure on specific areas relieves muscular tension and locates any unwanted alien microchips. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to promote hydration and facilitate fingers' smooth sailing across the skin. Afterward, Jody encourages clients to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and facilitate the body's starfish-like ability to heal itself. Other massage options include the 60-minute integrated massage ($60), the 60-minute back-and-neck massage ($50), and the 60-minute hot-stone massage ($65). Jody also offers chair massages ($1/minute) for special events and businesses.
Southwind Birth Services' masterful massage therapist has more than 1,000 hours of experience kneading and tenderizing bodies to reduce anxiety and tension. During the pregnancy massage, expectant mothers can enjoy a procedure tailored to their mini person-toting state, and designed to reduce stress, relieve pain in joints and muscles, and decrease swelling for once not induced by cage-fighting. Deep-tissue techniques are avoided in the pregnancy massage to keep the session as gentle and serene as possible. Non-almost moms can opt for the swedish massage and enjoy the relaxing pressures of sliding, kneading, rhythmic tapping, and high-fiving typically associated with the classic body rejuvenation.