Judging by the invigorating decor, which pairs lime- and teal-accented walls with a checkerboard floor, the people and poodles that visit Air Tan in search of a makeover feel refreshed before their treatments even start. The spa specializes in using a natural, organic tanning solution to apply a healthy-looking glow to skin. Its hair-salon menu includes cuts, color, and texturizing services, and spa treatments pamper skin, nails, and even ears.
Natural light pours through the salon’s large front windows onto polished wood floors and walls decorated with intricate paisley designs like blooming flowers. Amid these modern accents, skilled stylists sculpt sleek layers and manufacture bold highlights to frame the face. Clients may also solicit Total Image for a waxing session, colorful mani-pedi, or a brief lounge in one of several high-tech solar tanning beds.
The master stylists at Robert's Salon and Day Spa whip wayward hairs into shape with flattering precision design cuts and styles. Scissors sever split ends and trim length from heads during the face-framing cut before new dos are aptly fashioned to fit each guest’s personal style. Warm lighting reflects off of glossy wood finishes in the sleek salon space, which is peppered with Robert’s proprietary line of beauty products and a range of plush, comfortable seating.
Cuticles form an occasionally contested border between skin and nail. Learn how nail technicians can safely get them into good condition with Groupon?s investigation.
No one pays much attention to cuticles until they start causing trouble. Either they grow thick enough to intrude on a uniform manicure or they tear and cause pain. But the clingy strips of skin at the bottom of each nail actually perform some important functions. First, cuticles act as protective barriers that help new keratin cells grow into long, healthy nails instead of short, creepy talons. Second, they help keep bacteria out of the nail bed, where it can cause painful infections.
Though some nail salons offer to trim your cuticles during a manicure, the risk of infection?even with properly sanitized instruments?may outweigh any aesthetic benefit. After all, cuticles will grow back no matter what, so even a temporarily neater line at the base of the nail is unlikely to last for more than a few days. But nail technicians do have ways of fashioning smooth ovals or almond shapes without exposing the nail to dangerous intruders. First, they?ll avoid tearing the skin by making sure it?s as soft and supple as possible. An intensive moisturizer will help, as will a soak in a bowl of warm water. Once the hands are well-conditioned, the tech will begin carefully, gently working with a cuticle stick, first pushing the cuticles back and then, with a tiny circular motion, buffing away any dead skin remnants and dried-on cupcake frosting still clinging to the nail.
It's the little touches that help Natural Concepts Aveda Concept Salon & Spa stand out. When someone comes in for a simple hair trim, they also receive a relaxing shoulder massage and application of Aveda's natural products. During color treatments, customers dip their toes into a relaxing footbath and after every service, beauty experts explain how clients can use Aveda products to recreate similar results at home and also repel rattlesnakes.
Armed with Aveda products, stylists transform hair with services that range from standard cuts and permanent waves to specialty treatments such as the Uvexin Hair Taming System that uses a protein-based formula to vanquish frizz for up to five months. Away from the salon chairs, therapists massage sore muscles and aestheticians cocoon clients in exfoliating body wraps. To truly experience the best of the spa, customers should stick around for half- and full-day packages, which make Natural Concepts the perfect place to hide out while a locust swarm passes through town.
Christine Smith's aesthetics training is still fresh in her mind: she graduated from Paul Mitchell The School less than a year ago. Using her adept hands and a range of Redken products, she trims, styles, and conditions her clients' hair to create shapes more varied than the results of a circle-drawing contest. In addition to her signature highlights, she beautifies tresses with single-process color.
Christine tends to her clients inside the calming atmosphere of Salon D'va, where fellow beauty experts perform services ranging from spa mani-pedis to reflexology to aromatherapy massages.