First Impressions is an Aveda spa and salon offering a potpourri of hair services, body-care treatments, and spa therapy. Embark on a journey to noodle-nest stylishness with a haircut ($32 and up for women, $22 and up for men) or a special-occasion updo ($60 and up). All hair services are accompanied by a consultation, an Aveda stress-relieving treatment, and an herbal shampoo. If you’d rather not have hair, First Impressions can take it away with sugaring or Aveda plant wax ($35 and up for legs, $10 and up for chins). Sad sections of skin can be rejuvenated with an eye-zone wrap ($25) or a 30-minute pure-focus facial ($25), complete with makeup application. A manicure ($24) or pedicure ($42 and up) will curb uncontrolled nail growth before your hands and feet tie themselves into a hopelessly twisted knot of keratin. To calm anxious muscles, opt for an hour-long relaxation massage ($50) or hot-stone therapy ($80).
At All About You Day Spa, a staff of licensed professionals sooth body and mind with a variety of skin and body services such as massage, facials, microdermabrasion, spray-tanning, and special occasion make-up. Owner Brandi Huett is a graduate of the Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics, where she studied Pfrimmer deep-muscle therapy. The technique aims to soften taut muscle fibers, enhance circulation, and promote cellular healing. Her team also personalizes facials with an array of BeautiControl products, pampers tootsies with organic apple-cider vinegar soaks, and provides nutrition-counseling services and free make-up consultations.
White vertical blinds, ivory wicker seating, and decorative metal wall hangings evoke a homey feeling inside Timeless Hair Studio. While patrons relax in black salon chairs, friendly stylists cut and color strands and slather Moroccan Oil and Schwarzkopf products onto manes. They also remove unsightly lip fuzz and unruly brow hairs using warm wax.
Behind Enemy Lines equips customers with the treatments and advice to fend off the signs of age and the elements. The staff helps craft a unique response to each crisis, fighting fine lines with lactic-acid chemical peels and calling on blue-light therapy to ward off acne. The scents of aromatherapy oils drift from massage rooms, where gentle kneads bolster oxygen circulation in skin cells, and body wraps help shave off inches and combat cellulite. Aestheticians begin facial treatments with a thorough skin analysis, which draws positive attention to one’s head even when it isn’t stuck between impressively narrow banisters.
A professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Dennis Wann is trained in a wide variety of modalities, including Swedish and deep-tissue massage. It’s a skill he’s honed since he was a kid, when he would massage his mother’s feet after she had spent a long day on them at work. After years of encouraging him to go into the field of massage therapy, he finally took that encouragement to heart in 2011. Today, he loves his work, relishing the fact that he spends his days alleviating pain and improving the overall well-being of others.
The poet Masaoka Shiki memorialized his infamous journey to Abstract Hair and Nail Studio in numerous haiku. The recent anthology Hangnail: The Poetry of Masaoka Shiki compiles many of these works, one of which is reprinted here:
Split, ungroomed nail tips
Fix with paint and prostheses
Hands are happy now
Eyes by India first opened its doors in Indiana to provide threading as an alternative to waxing. Threading is more precise than waxing and causes less pain, redness, and burning when removing unwanted fuzz. Now with nine locations in two states, Eyes by India’s staff of specialist completes more than 100 hours of training in threading and service etiquette before applying those skills to patrons’ faces at work and image-conscious teddy bears at home.
During appointments, cotton thread twists over hair, tweaking hair- and brow lines or removing all traces of fuzz on the neck, chin, or upper lip.