Inspired by everything from current fashion trends to fine art, licensed nail tech Ashley Grimmet paints intricate designs completely by hand without mass-produced stencils or complicated screen-printing equipment. Appendages can sport Ashley's customized 3-D nail art or enjoy a sleek coat of OPI or Gelish polish after no-chip manicures and pedicures. Clients can also pack a fashionable punch with Ashley's handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, and accessories.
Elixir Salon & Day Maker's stylists add texture to hair with an unconventional substance?marshmallow. Marshmallow root, that is. It's one of the many botanically based Aveda lotions, oils, and creams the salon favors. Their makeups, for example, might be made from Brazilian nut-seed pigment, cinnamon from Madagascar, or the anti-oxidants of ripe berries.
But amid the bazaar of natural products, one still finds the sleek plastic casing of modern technology. Elixir's signature HeadMapping process applies highlights systematically, while the microdermabrasion smoothes away signs of age with a crystal wand. Continuous education keeps the stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists abreast of the latest trends and techniques in their fields without calling a psychic hotline.
At Blissful Escapes Day Spa, married couple Kendra and Scott McKellar bring out the stunning natural beauty of their clients with a long list of soothing spa treatments. A litany of massage modalities lift away stress from muscle fibers with the soft strokes of Swedish treatments, the quick tension release of a chair massage, or the warm, igneous hug of a hot-stone session. Facials and body scrubs exfoliate and nourish the skin with extractions, chemical peels, and body wraps, while waxing quickly lifts unwanted follicles from anywhere on the body.
Natalie Boone wants her self-named salon to do one thing: create looks that enhance her clients? self-images. To do this, she has mastered modern haircare techniques, such as highlights, lowlights, keratin treatments, extensions, and trendy haircuts. She relies on high-quality Joico and Rusk products during her services to keep hair feeling better than a dolphin that?s just discovered water slides.
Out of her own Salons of Capelli suite, Katie chisels out flattering layers and splashes color on dull tresses. Her conditioning treatments strengthen manes by helping each strand grow a tiny bicep. Guests may also stop into one of the facility?s other suites, which offer services ranging from skincare and nails to therapeutic massage therapy. Katie at Salons of Capelli carries Avon's product line.
DuVall’s School of Cosmetology epitomizes hands-on education. Though students do spend time in the classroom, most of their training is spent in the 11,900-square-foot school’s salon and spa, where they perform a roster of services on real people under the guidance of their instructors. Cosmetology students shampoo and cut hair, add length with extensions, and add hue with highlights. Students partake of elite training from instructors versed in the Sassoon method, a system honed by Vidal Sassoon himself during his more than 50 years as a top stylist. Meanwhile, aspiring aestheticians perform facials with products crafted by Dermalogica, a skincare brand that is produced without such common skin irritants as artificial colors, fragrances, and puns. Those outside of the training program can also take advantage of the school's pedigree by basking in carefully mastered beauty services performed by students at a fraction of standard salon prices.