AfterImage Salon's licensed massage therapist, Kristina Gess, employs a variety of massage modalities to knead away knots and relieve bodies of underlying stress. Long, light strokes and gentle muscle molding make one-hour Swedish massages a soothing experience, helping relieve tension and settle petty arguments between stubborn spines and spineless clavicles. Alternatively, hot-stone treatments use polished, heated stones to infuse the body with warmth. The treatment also takes advantage of a combination of Swedish and deep-tissue massage techniques that manipulate muscle tissues into comfortable compliance.
The trained staff at Asonipse Spa & Salon—an Aveda-concept salon—revamp patrons’ appearances and foster full-body relaxation via a menu of pampering services. Throughout the day, the hairstyling crew bustles about their stations doling out haircuts, all of which include aromatherapy, a scalp-ritual treatment, and a makeup-refresh service. Aestheticians host pre-treatment consultations with patrons to create a facial customized to address individual skin types and problem spots, and a variety of manicures and pedicures soothe hands and feet aching from challenging smug sloths to hang-offs. Staffers also perform custom pre-natal, Swedish, and deep-tissue massages to erase muscular tension, along with waxing treatments to evict unwanted hair from bodies and faces.
Studio 210 Salon founder Sohelia has more than 15 years of experience behind her, but still she shines the spotlight on her coworkers, gushing on the staff page about her salon's "house full of energetic and enthusiastic hair stylists." Her team of makeup artists bring with them their own distinctions, including Catherine, a former model and theatrical costume designer, and Casey, a makeup and hair department head for E! Entertainment. The entire beauty team, working in conjunction with massage expert Kim, devotes themselves to subtle, feature-flattering makeovers or aesthetic overhauls on par with Picasso's shift from his blue period to his burndt-sienna phase.
A specialist in hair health, cuts, styles, and up-dos, Sindica Young has been cutting hair for over 15 years. Though a fan of vintage and conservative cuts and looks, Sindica is no stranger to the latest styles, and relishes the chance to craft creative styles for her clients. She offers natural cuts, shampoo and styling services, straightening treatments, and color services, such as full or partial highlights.
A quartet of specialists helm the Valrico day spa, wielding handpicked products from renowned brands such as Glo Minerals, Shellac, and OPI to pamper clients with a medley of services. The licensed staff members guide spa-goers to treatment rooms that glow with brightly hued walls in red, yellow, and purple, privately cocooning them for treatments including facials, massages, waxing, eyebrow threading, and henna tattoos. Makeup services prime faces with a professional look for a job interview or a glam style for a job interview to be a Poison roadie. For extra relaxing sessions in the tranquil confines, the staff offers packages for teens, brides, and moms.
Behind an exposed brick wall, clients at David Andrew Hair Salon & Skin Care Center perch on black styling chairs as stylists clip their locks. The skilled staff does more than basic haircuts, though; their service menu includes full highlights, deep-conditioning treatments, smoothing keratin treatments, and hair extensions. Equally as skilled are the aestheticians who man the salon’s skincare branch, where clients seek out waxing services, chemical peels, and intricate facials such as the collagen facial, which tightens the skin’s surface to fight the signs of aging.