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.
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.
Bella Body Oils employs a new brand of mixologists. The staff here boasts a stock of more than 2,000 fragrances, which they turn into everything from soy candles to body butters, bubble bath, and massage oil. To accompany their oil business, they have a full slate of nail treatments. The salon’s skilled technicians can free-hand designs with paint, rhinestones, or even turn emailed photos into nail art.
After nails have been trimmed, filed, and buffed, the nail technicians at Pampered Nails really get down to work. They paint nails with artistic looks that include stripes, animal prints, and swirls, and even prep nails for holidays with festive designs including black cats and mummies for Halloween.
Prior to any facial appointment, Meg Carr consults with her clients to figure out exactly what problems she needs to tackle, including acne, excess oil, and rosacea. Treatment masks and diamond-tip microdermabrasion wands smooth and brighten face-skin. Meg also rids faces of unwanted fuzz with warm wax or fly paper, and can even remove hair on legs and the bikini area.
Pura Vida Tans swaddles pale bodies in bronze blankets of both ultraviolet and spray-on pigmentation. Two sessions in the walk-in Mystic Tan spray system anoint anatomical armor with a warm mist of airbrushed colorants and moisturizers that adhere and evaporate in just 15 minutes, leaving a light or dark glow in their wake (up to a $43.30 value for medium/dark level, including tax). Traditional tanners can slide into clean, modern SunDash body toasters with a Pura Vida basic membership for Level 1 burnishing that sets skin aglow from head to foot with specialized facial tanners, allowing skin to reap the benefits of beach exposure for a full month without the sun’s awkward, burny kisses (a $54.95 value, including tax). Pura Vida's storefront sets a bright, tropical stage for both tanning options, with palm-tree art and fluorescent walls psyching skin up for a summer of Midas-touched fun.