Overheard, crystals sway, clinging to chandeliers suspended from a sky-blue ceiling. Sunbeams pour in, occasionally catching these twinkling adornments as it stripes the lobby with light on its long slide along the marble reception desk. This is New Life Massage, where tranquility begin before you even step into a treatment room. After checking in at the desk, visitors traverse ivory corridors lit by curling wall sconces before settling into a private treatment room or smashing a stress ball in the sledgehammer room. In these secluded rooms, treatments unfold, treating guests to everything from restorative Swedish massages to skincare and waxing treatments.
Renew Skin Spa’s team of aestheticians and technicians keeps bodies youthful and minds sharp, treating cosmetic concerns with personalized spa and med-spa sessions and educating clients on new skincare strategies. The team gets to know each set of skin through comprehensive consultations, which clue clients in to pressing dermatological concerns and help technicians recommend the most appropriate treatments. From there, techs can enrich dermal layers with vitamin- and antioxidant-rich balms, conceal signs of aging with skin-firming LED or ultrasound therapies, or soothe deeper stress with any of numerous massage modalities. Much like an arm-wrestling match with the Speaker of the House, each treatment requires that clients schedule an appointment beforehand.
After years of hard work making their owners look good, split ends retire with the snip of a scissors inside GR Italian Hair Style. Freshly shorn locks are then molded into new styles and highlighted for a pop of color. The stylists also tend to clients’ keratin sheets during manicures.
Named a Reader's Choice salon by the Daily Herald in 2012, the Nelson Group Salon staffs skilled stylists who groom clients' locks, skin, and nails using products by Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf. Many of the salon's stylists boast more than a decade of experience and professional training from such coiffure heavyweights as Vidal Sassoon and Aveda, which they apply to their services as they snip and color locks in modern styles.
Built in 1890, the salon's charming interior once housed a hospital, which was then subsequently repurposed into a bakery and next into a zombie factory, before finally transforming into its present state more than 20 years ago. Salon owner Nelson, a stylist for more than 23 years, still prefers "old-school German shears" to style ever-evolving haircuts. He emphasizes keeping up with trends and mastering new techniques, saying, "it's not just a job, but a craft."
Hardwood floors, a wraparound marble countertop, and stylish black accents create a space that lives up to The Lavish Bar's name. But it's not just the setting, or the complimentary snacks and two drinks per visit, that make clients feel fancy on date nights, spa parties, or special occasions. The stylists' menu of spa and salon services encompasses everything from chic blowouts and updos to eyelash extensions, facials, and waxing.
Hair Studio 626 tends to beauty needs with salon services that refresh their clients' appearances from the ends of their hair to the tips of their toenails. Staffed by an experienced team of nail technicians, hairdressers, and stylists specialized in barbering, the salon hosts mani-pedis, hairstyling and texturizing, and hair removal by way of waxing, threading, or extradition.