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 d?j? 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.
A dynamic team of 15 stylists, two aestheticians, and two massage therapists powers a diverse slate of services at Trilogy Salon and Spa. Besides basic cuts and color, stylists dole out treatments for a wide range of hair textures, from smoothing treatments for frizz to relaxers for Slinky hair. Stylist Brandy Ray sculpts, colors, and retextures strands, informed by five years of hair-beautifying experience. In private treatment rooms, other staff provide mani-pedis, facials, and reflexology, as well as ear candling and seaweed body wraps.
Its name a playful tip of the parasol to Scarlett O'Hara, the main character of Gone with the Wind, O'Haira Salon & Spa merges elegant flair with classic, down-home style. Products by Redken and Goldwell feature into masterful cuts, styles, and colors at the hands of talented stylists, and nail technicians clean, shape, and decorate nails with OPI polishes. Stylists also elicit classic beauty with lip and brow waxing, and massage therapists knead tightness from muscles, leaving them as relaxed as the dress code at a nude beach.
Equilibrium Zen Gym's holistic healers continually study traditional Chinese medicine to get the knowledge required to strengthen physiques, not just by treating clients' symptoms, but by healing the root of their problems. Equilibrium's staff of soothers includes George Gantt, who became a Tai Chi enthusiast after a knee injury during his college years, and Ingrid Harris, who left a lengthy career in the business world to become a licensed massage therapist
During the center's reflexology treatment, Harris manipulates specific points on the feet to increase the energy flow in the rest of the body, while acutapping balances out chi. Vacuum suction teams with carefully placed cups during the massage cupping, which can increase circulation and prime soft tissue for the absorption of liniments and essential oils.
Not only does Helena Collins bring a decade of aesthetic skills to her post as spa owner and therapist, but she also draws on her personal experience juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship. Balancing multiple responsibilities, agenda books, and spinning plates stacked with agenda books has given Collins a firsthand sense of how to meet the beauty needs that accompany hectic lifestyles. She blends this perspective with a holistic approach to help clients feel their best even when they're at their busiest.
Peels, microdermabrasion, and ultrasound therapy transform faces inside Sois Belle Spa. Collins also specializes in oncology aesthetics, and as a member of the International Oncology Aestheticians Association, the already busy beauty pro volunteers at Charlotte's Presbyterian Hospital.
Over the past decade, therapist April Bomar has fine-tuned her bodywork techniques as a therapist in chiropractors' offices, spas, and salons. She now assuages clients' tension out of her own studio, Covered Hands Massage and Bodywork. Using all-natural products, April's hands orchestrate a symphony of movements: the soothing adagio strokes of Swedish massage, the intense crescendos of deep-tissue massage, or the improvisational jazz of myofascial massage. Whatever the technique, she always tailors sessions to individual needs.