Melinda Smith started dreaming about feet in high school. Confused by the recurring visions, she asked a teacher for advice and began to study reflexology—the practice of gently massaging pressure points along the feet in order to promote well-being across the entire body. Melinda’s first encounter with the healing bodywork technique cemented her resolve to study massage therapy, and she eventually founded her own studio with numerous modalities on the menu.
The spa includes four private treatment rooms, each of which is designed to channel one of the four elements (earth, fire, air, and water) that Aristotle discovered with his particle accelerator. The rooms’ different energies serve different purposes—with the earth room aimed at relaxing minds and the fire room intended to cultivate inner strength. Outside these rooms, the spa's aestheticians and technicians incorporate botanically derived Aveda products into skincare treatments and paint nails with chip-resistant OPI gel polishes.
Aestheticians at H.I. pamper clients, painting on OPI or CND Shellac polishes, waxing brows, and affixing false eyelashes. Offering an alternative to standard polishes, organic polishes are water based, formaldehyde free, and avoid the use of toxic chemicals. Other treatments include hot-stone and prenatal massages that use Colombia organic coffee scrubs, a variety of facials, makeup application for special occasions such as weddings and proms, and organic waxing services aimed at exfoliating and leaving skin smoother.
Meanwhile, on the salon side, rows and rows of bottles, boxes, tubes, and other Paul MItchell products line the shelves. These potions allow owner Jessica and her team to create custom hair colors, and the salon's digital imaging lets clients see potential shades and hairdos before any dyeing or snipping takes place. Stylists can also perform keratin-straightening services and revitalize dry scalps and damaged strands.
Bill and Amy Zemaitis, the co-owners and creators of Elevation 138, oversee a team of impeccably trained stylists and technicians specializing in hair, nail, and facial-waxing services. With help from high-end Redken and Pureology products, salon artists grant hairdos renewed reasons to frolic in the breeze, shimmer in the sun, and stick to freshly applied lip gloss. Chocolate-brown walls enclose pedicure-seeking patrons as they sink into cushioned massage chairs for Shellac or traditional polish applications. The salon's earth-toned walls, architectural columns, and mouldings contribute to an upscale, yet serene, atmosphere. Like a mother's advice or a neighbor's Sunday paper, consultations are always free.
When MTV’s MADE was in town and needed to complete a dramatic makeover for the episode “Ladies Man,” the show knew whose door to knock. As L Spa Modern’s experts bronzed the episode’s Don Juan-in-training, they added yet another tan to the more than 25,000—including thousands of wedding tans—they’ve completed in the past nine-plus years. The salon’s automated airbrush platform darkens skin to a choice of three shades in just 10 minutes so guests can get in and out and on with their plot to mock the eternally pale moon. Before or after sessions, clients can sip complimentary cappuccinos, mochas, and lattes, or 14 kinds of tea.
Led by an onsite physician, the team of a medical aesthetician, an RN, and a nurse practitioner work to combat signs of aging using advanced laser and radio technology along with traditional cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels and injectables. They can fade age spots with El?s radio-frequency treatments and remove unwanted body bristle with IPL laser hair-removal sessions. Additionally, a technician with the newest high-tech equipment can gussy up faces with permanent makeup application consisting of tattoos designed to save clients from having to put on their faces like extraterrestrial spies do.
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.