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.
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.
Somi Ro believes listening is the key to a great experience in the salon. At Somi's Hair Design & Nails, she has convened a team of stylists and aestheticians who agree: all of their beautifying services are performed with personalized care and attention. They upgrade existing hair with L'Oreal conditioning and coloring products, remove unwanted fuzz with wax, or prep locks for Rapunzel impersonations with hair extensions. OPI polishes deck out digits in chic tints, and eyelash extensions dramatize speed-blinking contests.
Classic Cuts Salon's stylists snip strands and reinvent styles using professional-grade products by Sexy Hair products and other top brands. It&ly 20/20 and OYA Beauty hair color helps heads keep their new hue longer with added UV protection to guard against unflattering hair tan lines. To match newly fashionable manes, the salon also offers facial waxing services to keep skin soft and smooth and Shellac manicures to keep fingers groomed and chip-free.
Cast in soft overhead light, the arching, earth-toned corridors of A Day Away Salon & Spa reveal curtain-draped treatment rooms equipped to rejuvenate both the body and mind. There, Abby Warthman soaks hair at jet-black washbasins and wields products from Pureology, Redken, and Paul Mitchell. Blow-dryers purr warmly across heads, and her scissors hum as she flicks them through hair or interrogates a stubborn paper doll.