Within the tranquil, century-old walls of the Belvedere house, the staff of The Secret Spa & Salon beautify bodies from the toes up. Hair stylists transform coifs with Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf products, as owner Richelle enhances natural nails with OPI, CND, and Gelish polish or extensions made from acrylic, silk, or fiberglass. A massage therapist eases tension with hot stones, aromatic oils, and custom pressure, and Dermalogica skincare experts clear complexions with relaxing facials that combat fine lines, acne, and premature aging. The spa also uses Jane Iredale makeup products.
Built in 1905 by the same architect behind the historic Biltmore house, Belvedere?which is part of the historic society?now has a slightly more modern feel thanks to the spa's staff, who accented its wood floors and abundant natural light with green plants and paintings by local artists. The multigabled house also boasts a projecting bay window, which makes an ideal spot for drying nail polish or testing the reflective properties of freshly waxed skin.
Licensed aesthetician Joanna Ferree isn't satisfied with merely making her clients look youthful and glowing on the outside, so she aims to nourish faces and boost self-esteem with individualized facials, microdermabrasion, and bridal makeovers.
Ferree has a prime opportunity to accentuate the stunning features of each specific client through the in-depth skin-and-lifestyle analysis that precedes every facial treatment. Based on the results, she treats specific conditions and brightens skin with custom skincare treatments and organic herbal preparations. She bases her custom facials in hydrotherapy and includes De La Terre Skincare products along with organic teas, salts, and serums. She furthers skin smoothness with waxing treatments for the face, legs, bikini, chest, and vestigial tail.
Most popular service: Color and highlights
Brands Used: Rusk, Aqauge, Kenra
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Book ahead and arrive a few minutes early.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love doing color, especially when it's something new for the client.
What steps do you take to make your clients feel at ease?
I offer a free consultation before we start the service to make sure we are in the same page. We also offer water to all of our clients.
The roster of high-quality salon and beauty products used at Adorn Salon and Boutique includes Schwarzkopf Professional Products, Punky Colour, Bröö Craft Beer Body & Haircare, and Mineral Fusion Cosmetics. The lineup of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians is equally impressive. They include aesthetician Holly Morrison, who was named the best aesthetician in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC 2012 reader's poll. Typical salon services, such as cuts, coloring, and nail care, are offered alongside more unique treatments including dreadlock maintenance, custom facials, and brow and lash tinting.
At Skin Spa Asheville, aestheticians utilize natural ingredients to offer soothing, noninvasive treatments that can correct skin issues and leave clients feeling beautiful and pampered. Treatments include a full slate of facials, including options that cleanse pores and attempt to work against the effects of aging. The spa also offers a variety of body-care treatments, such as wraps and waxing.
Alicia Jenkins turned to chemical peels to try and reverse sun damage and other dermal issues. The results wowed Alicia, and in turn she left a 14-year tenure as a respiratory-care practitioner to become an aesthetician. She has certifications in a wide range of services, including PCA Skin, microdermabrasion, GloMinerals, and Obagi Skincare. Her treatments are customized to diminish fine line, blast through acne, and dig out dirt and confetti from pores.