Sunlight filters in through Graffiti Hair Studio’s ceiling-high windows, reflecting off polished black shampoo basins that stand out in a space otherwise dominated by light and earthy tones. As stylists escort clients toward the studio’s row of plush salon chairs, their heels click against the hardwood floors, lending a rhythmic counterbalance to the lively chatter that so often fills the room. Once they set to work, the stylists spark up new conversations as they spread smoothing elixirs such as Alterna’s bamboo shampoo across scalps or prep strands for cuts and coloring treatments with Paul Mitchell’s keratin-infused serums. Just a few yards away but entirely removed from the bustle on the salon floor, the spa’s aestheticians hide evidence of aging or membership in underground mud-wrestling leagues with PCA skincare products and exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments.
At Nunzia Spa, beauty specialists aim to correct skin imperfections and enhance natural beauty. The menu of services includes all the basics, such as facials, waxes, and body treatments, as well as microdermabrasions and chemical peels. The spa takes its name from an Italian grandmother who warmed hearts with her loving spirit and hand-knitted scarves for the pulmonary arteries.
Armed with 30 hours of training from powerhouse hair academy Toni&Guy, licensed aesthetician and cosmetologist Kasey Hight of Visual Effects Salon and Spa revamps lackluster hair with styling and coloring services. After an in-depth consultation, Kasey builds a unique look for each client, shaping head threads into fashionable coiffures or wielding 20 hours of Big Sexy Hair training to amplify volume. She’ll then brandish Redken color products to brighten manes with partial or full highlights, eschewing the need for Christmas-light weaves.
The technicians at Idaho Tattoo Removal clear away unwanted tattoos from the skin with the beams of a Quanta laser. The advanced instrument breaks down ink with rapid pulses of short, full-color-spectrum wavelengths, fading tattoos of all hues. Treatments may be spaced between four and eight weeks apart, depending on factors such as the depth and density of the tattoo.
The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.
The three massage therapists at Olga’s Deep Tissue Massage specialize in utilizing firm pressure and working deep into the muscle tissue to treat aches, pains, and tensions from watching a baby bird attempt flight for the first time. Allen Simpson, a member of the trio, is an 11-year massage veteran, known for his expertise in relieving tension in and around the shoulder blade, and for his signature massage maneuver, the “neck spider” technique.
On their home page, the staff relays a story about a strong Swedish woman, a farm-hand, a butcher’s assistant, and a cook, whose massage prowess helped a Swedish Olympian to win a major weightlifting competition. The story may or may not be true and may or may not have served as the inspiration for the studio’s focus on deep-tissue massage work.