In a chic studio ornamented with used guitars and old records, The Best Little Hair House's staff of well-trained stylists and aestheticians conjures relaxation with a catalogue of soothing spa and salon services. During the 60- to 75-minute custom facial, a visage-buffing artisan crafts an indulgent treatment to amplify each client's complexion, beginning with a custom-blended deep-pore cleansing. After scouring dermal manholes, an exfoliation purges toxins to surround smiling devices with a luminous epidermis. Clients receive a tension-taming massage of the face, neck, and shoulders, and a blended serum corrects imperfections and wards off the spirits of pimples gone by. The custom facial concludes with a Bioelements mask, which, once removed, reveals a smoother, healthier visage free of footprints from nesting birds.
The team of massage therapists behind Bodies Kneaded have more than two decades of experience among them. They draw on that expertise to treat issues ranging from sports injuries to pains associated with pregnancy. In addition to custom-tailored massages, they relax visitors with skin-smoothing salt scrubs and mud wraps. Appointments are available at two locations—one in Glen Carbon, one in Granite City. At the Glen Carbon location, aestheticians also perform diamond microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and other skincare services.
After years in the corporate world, Natalie Harrison decided to use her business acumen to follow her real dream—become an aesthetician and open her own spa. Now, along with her staff at The Lash Loft Salon & Spa, Natalie brightens clients’ lives with lavish, painstakingly performed beauty treatments. Natalie’s deft fingers, no longer relegated to boring cubicle keyboards, demonstrate their precision as she meticulously applies Xtreme Lashes extensions to her clients’ fringe, lash by lash, for an overall glamorous effect. In earth-toned treatment rooms, her team of aestheticians and stylists pampers clients with Bioelements facials and couture haircuts and extensions. Natalie practices a commitment to natural, effective products throughout the salon’s repertoire of services, including waxes, which are performed with soy-based Nufree Nudesse to remove hair at the root while earning the respect of eco-conscious polar bears the world over. After hours, The Lash Loft hosts pampering parties to educate guests about beauty techniques and products over martinis or light refreshments.
Cosmetologist and aesthetician Traci specializes in color, haircuts, and natural hair, making her a triple threat. As a skilled colorist, she infuses hair with highlights and all-over color and performs color-correction services. As a snipping specialist, she shapes strands into trendy cuts. And as a natural-hair expert, she offers all types of sets for natural hair. When she's not cutting, coloring, and styling hair, she's busy performing skin-care services, such as waxing and facials, and specialty services, such as updos, weaves, and feather extensions, which come in handy on fishing trips.
From the muscle-burning exertion of a personal-training session to the tension melting luxury of a Swedish massage, Solera Health Club & Spa furnishes everything a body needs to stay primed and polished. Three separate rooms filled with cardio machines, resistance machines, and free weights make up the health club, where personal trainers lead individuals through tailored routines designed to help them reach their fitness goals. To chisel the body for less dough, group personal-training classes give the same guidance as one-on-one sessions by giving each student one minute on each machine, creating a regimen akin to a relay race or a speed-dating session with the Transformers.
It's a different experience in the spa, where massage therapists and aesthetic experts help melt away the pain of strenuous workouts with a host of soothing treatments. Nine types of massage incorporate aromatherapeutic oils or warm volcanic stones to send muscles into a blissful stupor. Body wraps, scrubs, and facials, meanwhile, draw out impurities from the skin to leave exteriors hydrated and youthful.
Toxins flee from the purifying paws of Blue Nile Spa's holistic healers, whose services fuse age-old practices with contemporary equipment to nurture soft, healthy skeleton-sheaths. Pamper your protoplasmic suit in a relaxing japanese bath steeped with mineral-rich seaweed and salts plucked from the Dead Sea. The rich combination of phytonutrients helps purge the pelt of impurities, allowing it to emerge after 20 minutes looking and feeling as smooth as a pair of Barry White's silk pajamas stuffed with chocolate mousse. Next, a gentle dry brushing shatters dead-skin barricades, liberating clogged pores and allowing them to warmly welcome the body wrap's jojoba and essential oils into their epidermal ranks. As clients relax on the treatment table, soothing rays of infrared heat warm the toxin-abating cocoon, stimulating circulation, melting aches and pains, and bestowing limbs with the ability to track weather patterns.