Stepping into Nadwa Hair Spa is almost like stepping onto a movie set for a futuristic film: bright overhead lights shine across metallic accents and row upon row of high-tech hair-dryers and styling gadgets. Inside this innovative space, owner and master stylist Nadwa Yono puts forth her training from the renowned Trevor Sorbie of London to pamper and style both men and women. The stylist and her crew sling products from Pureology, Aquage, and Morrocan Oil as they snip and color locks or weave extensions, wigs, or second faces into hair. Aestheticians and massage therapists set up camp in secluded mint-hued rooms, where they wax away unwanted fuzz, tailor facials to treat acne, aging, or sun-damaged skin, and tenderize sore muscles with deep-tissue and hot-stone massages.
At locations in Franklin, Royal Oak, and most recently Birmingham, experienced aestheticians dissolve stress with soothing massages, facials, and nail treatments that utilize fruit-infused scrubs or oils from Sacred Earth Botanicals. Inside private treatment rooms, techs evict toxins with Dead Sea mud or seaweed body wraps and knead knots into untied shoelaces with aromatherapy massages or therapeutic stretches. Treatments, including a slate of mani-pedis, come in various packages for half-day pampering sessions, with tasty add-ons such as a spa lunch or bubbly sips of champagne. Alternatively, the spa's concierge services take the pampering out of the spa and into the shells of stressed turtles or homes of customers, who may also request assistance with errands, laundry, and grocery pick-up.
In a pastel-toned spa sanctuary, the certified cadre of aestheticians and nurses perform a symphony of cutting-edge beauty services, backed by more than 60 years of combined experience. State-of-the art treatments include medical microdermabrasion, which showers skinscapes with a mist of super-fine aluminum oxide crystals to alleviate acne scarring, soften fine lines, and free up foreheads so they can be rented as ad space. FDA-approved VelaShape sculpts smoother body contours using a combination of bipolar radio frequencies, infrared light, and mechanical massage, and dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane fill in fine lines from laughing and frowning or indentations from motorcycle helmets.
Seasoned aestheticians, makeup technicians, and licensed massage therapists can be found throughout the tranquil halls of L'Aryola Salon and European Spa. The building's simple earth tones and abstract artwork melt into the background as clients slip into a state of calm brought on by customized facials, some including serums with natural vitamins and plants. Massages and body wraps soothe exteriors in rooms that are illuminated by candlelight and full of intriguing aromas, much like an apothecary who has been set on fire. Permanent-makeup sessions add pigments that can augment natural features for years to come.
A lively energy fills The Stage Salon, where master stylists and barbers tend to all hair types but excel at working with African American tresses. Women can stop in for quick haircuts fortified by Redken and Clairol products, or unwind in the styling chair as stylist Ebony straightens curls with relaxers and Brazilian blowouts or creates length and volume with professional extensions. Gairyd and Silky Sam, the salon’s resident barbers, clip and trim men’s hair, topping them off with salon-quality gel or pomade. Beyond haircare, The Stage’s staff also outfits nails with eye-catching colors in OPI mani-pedis, waxes unwanted fuzz from entire bodies, and ornaments ears with piercings or gold staples.
Salon Domani owner and a finalist for the 2011 Tiffany Hairdresser of the Year award, Anika Domanico started molding manes when she was just 17 years old. Today, she shares her wealth of expertise with a team of stylists by providing them with ongoing training in the latest beauty services and with fine products capable of subduing frizz for up to three hours in a giant fondue pot. The experts at Salon Domani also beautify bridal parties with hair-styling and makeup services, as well as packages that include complimentary champagne, orange juice, coffee, and compliments.