Bella Salon's owner, Gayla Penick, leads a staff of master stylists and colorists who shape coifs and imbue locks with color using products such as Awapuhi, Inoa, and Pureology. The salon's wide range of services, including Great Lengths hair extensions, facial waxing, and a suite of mani-pedis, keep patrons looking chic from head to toe more easily than wearing a suit made from back issues of Vogue.
When Carissa Ballard was a little girl, she revamped her dolls' hairdos and slathered her brothers' faces with her own special concoctions. Her youthful experiments gave way to an interest in alternative health and herbology and eventually led her to become a registered massage therapist with specialties in lymphatic drainage, reiki, and craniosacral therapy. When she isn’t honing her massage talents in educational courses and apprenticeships, Carissa volunteers her skills as a clinical aesthetician to organizations such as Look Good...Feel Better, a nonprofit dedicated to boosting the self-esteem of cancer and burn survivors.
With such a diverse skill set, Carissa needed a place where she could consolidate all of her talents under one roof. Thus, she opened European Day Spa of Fredericksburg in 1998. As its name implies, the spa invokes the most luxurious corners of Europe, from the opulent interiors of Paris to the plush kneading tables of a Roman pizzeria. Its slate of skin-therapy and body treatments includes spa packages with add-ons such as carriage rides and rooftop wine preludes.
The friendly staff at Bella Luz aims to exponentially increase the confidence of its clientele via beautifying services administered in a lush spa environment. Potted flowers, a high ceiling, and woodsy artwork give the space an airy, natural vibe in which customers can sip on a selection of gourmet coffee and juice while bracing beauty nodules for imminent improvement.
There are two methods for donning bronze at Tantanic Tanning Salon: speedy airbrush sessions and tanning beds that come equipped with personal stereos. Clients can slip into a natural-looking burnt sienna thanks to the airbrush-tanning session, during which technicians apply an even coat of bronze without telltale streaks or a slowly oxidizing finish. The UV-free airbrush session bestows a tan that lasts up to one week. Regular tanning beds simulate the results of spending weeks at the beach or cutting lawns in a tankini during 15-minute sessions. Personal stereos and headphones hold cabin fever at bay as clients recline in the relaxing beds, cultivating healthy-looking tans the way a gardener strapped for time cultivates wax fruit.
Stylist Stevie Burtchell calls on the professional skills she gleaned in cosmetology school to not only beautify her clients, but also teach them to be informed beauty consumers. She specializes in cutting women’s, men’s, and kid’s hair and offers specialized treatments such as color chalk, highlights, and updos.
Over the past 10 years, massage therapist Marli Benedict has honed and perfected her knot-banishing skills through a bevy of continuing-education courses in the United States and in Costa Rica. Her arsenal of techniques includes Swedish massage, hot-stone, acupressure, and Thai massage, ensuring that she has the tools to ease discomfort in nearly every client. To thoroughly manipulate tense muscles, Marli keeps her own sinews strong by exercising regularly and practicing massage on anxious mounds of pie dough.