Gazing into the mirror at Avenue Salon can be difficult, since it's so hard not to stare at the mirrors themselves. Like the benches outside, they are kaleidoscopic mosaics of chips and colors, whose vibrant, funky frames are indicative of the salon's attitude and aesthetic. So is the red racecar where toddlers sit to receive their first trim or practice their pretend parallel parking. And this aesthetic also carries through for adults as they redesign their 'dos with color treatments and straightening procedures orchestrated by the practiced hands of bilingual stylists.
Although Kharma Spa & Boutique adopts classical as well as contemporary approaches to cosmetic care, every service has a common goal: giving clients a brief break from the world and allowing them to relax and recharge before returning. In this vein, the straightforward filing and polishing of mani-pedi treatments can be accentuated with everything from soothing paraffin dips to exfoliating sugar scrubs. Although massage therapists pamper clients with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone modalities, the aestheticians also perform brief massages for the neck and shoulders as they moisturize and cleanse skin.
For a more modern approach to spa care, the staff also uses a technological arsenal that includes UV-free VersaSpa spray-tan booths, a relaxing rock-steam shower, anti-aging LED light systems, and antioxidant HydraFacial serums. The spa’s separate boutique section encourages clients to linger afterward and peruse the selection of designer handbags, Youngblood mineral cosmetics, Dermalogica skincare products, and bobbleheads of the inventor of the cotton ball.
Salon Milan's stylists cut, color, and style men and women's hair. The salon's beautifying services also extend to hands and feet, as nail techs pamper guests with classic manicures and pedicures that include soothing sugar scrubs and massages.
Licensed massage therapist Renee Chester specializes in fostering a relaxing atmosphere, treating clients to massages that help ease their minds and manage the pain of sore or tired muscles. Customizing each appointment to suit her individual clients' needs, Renee combines basic techniques with a variety of additional treatments, from hydrotherapy soaks that envelop the entire body to salt and sugar scrubs that restore its natural deliciousness. She also helps skin look healthy and radiant with cosmetic services, such as a combination of an exfoliating body polish and an airbrush tan that lasts for up to 10 days.
As part of the all-female team at Hands on Healing, Savannah is a licensed aesthetician passionate about both skincare and waxing. She performs basic and signature facials, as well as advanced treatments such as an O2 lift treatment that refreshes skin with oxygen and plant-derived stem cells. Lorrie, too, is an aesthetician, but also a certified massage therapist and reiki practitioner who administers Hands On's signature wellness massages that can integrate up to seven modalities in a single session. She also specializes in prenatal massage, putting expectant mothers at ease almost as much as a baby who just gets emailed out of the womb.