Catherine Martin of European Esthetics packs 30 years of experience and ample know-how gleaned while attaining a degree in nutrition into each treatment performed. Studying in France, Catherine learned how to unite pure medical-grade ingredients with USDA-certified organic products when pampering clients with facials. All services are designed to eschew inflammation and accommodate even the most sensitive epidermises. Microdermabrasion facials and light therapy are the star players on European Esthetics' treatment roster.
Beatriz Hernandez is a fully accredited master nail technician with more than 20 years of experience. As head instructor and founder of Institute of Nail Artistry, she draws on this experience daily to mentor the next generation of technicians in services ranging from color acrylics and fill-ins to free-hand nail art. Guests are always welcome to stop into Beatriz’s nail clinic for these treatments or request one of the school’s signature mani-pedis with OPI or Essie color polish.
Perhaps it was the warm, friendly service. Or maybe it was the use of skincare products by Aveda. No matter the catalyst, the fact remains that Day Spa 12 West Stone has flourished into a full-fledged spa since starting as a modest salon in 1980. Today, visitors can get pampered and hide from peeping feds for a whole day, enjoying a massage in a softly lit aromatherapy room and relishing a salt glow treatment or a mani-pedi before lunch. When owner Carol McAlister takes a break from soothing her clients into states of bliss, she pours time into her second passion, no-kill animal shelter H.A.R.P.
Modern lights hang from Studio 7's ceiling like glowing wineglasses, illuminating stainless-steel styling cabinets and floors the color of flowing honey. Amid these elegant accents, skilled stylists snip and highlight strands with cruelty-free products from Kevin Murphy. Guests can also request a mani-pedi or makeup application or nix unwanted hair with a swift wax.
An elaborately dressed, early-19th-century woman welcomes "ladies and gents" from her perch on O'Haira Salon's ornamental entrance sign, which hints at the facility's charming sophistication and playful tribute. Upon entering, patrons are greeted by thematic odes to Gone With the Wind that infuse the salon with romantic flourishes and inspire déjà vu of past lives as movie buffs. However, modern beauty takes the spotlight once clients are led to private treatment rooms, where a talented staff of stylists and aestheticians fashion coifs and nails that could elicit acts of daring chivalry in past, present, or future eras.