Newly opened last November, Salon Ciera has cultivated a menu of services designed to both beautify and relax. From hairstyling to four types of facial, the skilled staff works hand in hand with clients to personalize each service. Trained massage therapists also call the space home, doling out multiple treatments that strive to relieve back pain, as well as more unconventional stress such as sinus headaches and mouth pain caused by TMJ disorders. Salon Ciera's decor welcomes guests with turquoise and floral-patterned walls, private-treatment rooms, and an absence of hungry trolls guarding the building's entrance.
Ashley Collins left the comfort of her native Louisiana for New York and Atlanta, where she worked as a representative for MAC and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. After working as a makeup artist and a public-relations specialist, she returned home and went rogue (and rouge) by opening her own business, Beau Visage Makeup. Known for its dark, sultry shadows rimmed with bold colors such as red or teal, her work also features more natural tones for springtime brides. When she’s not busy primping models during fashion shows and prepping teens for prom, Ashley shares her cosmetic knowledge and dispenses goody bags at bridal parties.
The highly trained hands of Inner Peace's licensed massage therapist, who is nationally trained and state certified, rejuvenate bodies using massage modalities ranging from Swedish to neuromuscular to prenatal. Before or after a session in one of the massage rooms, clients may relax outside by the courtyard's fishpond or use Inner Peace Therapeutic Massage's inversion table to stare into their own souls.
Centuries-old threading techniques combine with cutting-edge makeup to perfect faces at Just Stringz. GloMinerals makeup uses all-natural ingredients to cover faces with subtle and dramatic looks. The staff uses Dermalogica products to calm acne and smooth fine lines, and tints eyebrows to match a hair color or favorite football team’s colors.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Renew Pilates Studio And Spa keeps things intimate with small classes that center around three combination machines: mat, Reformer, and tower. This way, members can get the attention they need and stretch their arms without fear of bumping into another person or treadmill trying to shed some weight. The commitment to personal attention continues in the spa. Facials such as the vitamin C infusion treatment and relaxing and therapeutic massages keep clients feeling as though they're the center of a serene world. Renew also offers permanent cosmetics and body waxing.