At Nails on First & Hair 2, patrons have their pick of more than just beautifying services such as highlights, gel manicures, and spray tanning. That's because the salon doubles as a boutique, selling purses, wallets, and greeting cards. This gives the neighborhood establishment a comfy vibe where patrons can gather to bring out their best appearances, shop for gifts, and compare red highlights with a 2010 shiraz. And they can also take comfort in the fact that the salon staff averages more than a decade of experience in their respective trades.
Using their extensive training and diverse backgrounds, A Renassiance's team of wellness professionals aims to help bodies heal naturally. Licensed massage therapists reduce chronic pain and increase flexibility with a range of manipulations that include sports massage, deep tissue work, and lymphatic massage. Meanwhile, the medical staff provides comprehensive family and women’s healthcare. They manage pain with traditional Western chiropractic care and ancient oriental medical practices including acupuncture and smile-inducing origami.
Inside Alter Ego, a host of hair, nail, skin, and airbrush-tanning experts await to help customers discover a whole new side of themselves. Dawn Johnston’s specialty is nails, which she can enhance with tips made of fiberglass, silk, acrylic, or gel. Natural nails can also adopt a new outlook under Dawn’s care. Traditional mani-pedis begin with finger and toe massages and foot soaks in gleaming white footbaths, and Dawn occasionally dips extremities in warm paraffin or hot mitts during games of hide-and-seek. Once skin has been softened and nails have been shaped, she tops each pointer with traditional polish or chip-free gel lacquer, which can resist smudging for up to two weeks with proper care.
New Leaf Skin Care owner and aesthetician Shellie Barker and her massage-therapist husband Andy dole out stress relief in many forms. Andy, a licensed massage therapist, calls on the 22 years of medical experience he gained in the military to assuage his clients' chronic tension and nagging pains. Beyond fostering relaxation and stress relief with his soothing massages, he possesses a knack for mending athletic injuries through focused, results-oriented techniques.
Shellie, for her part, administers customized facials using Bioelements skincare products in an effort to treat each client's individual needs. All products use no artificial colorants, synthetic fragrances, or animal testing.
Le Charme Salon's central decor theme—chandeliers, both as wall decals and light fixtures—mirrors the staff's commitment to timeless sophistication. Stylists groom clients for special occasions with highlights, updos, and makeup on the salon floor, and aestheticians nourish skin amid orchid blossoms and a black-and-white Audrey Hepburn print in the private facial room. The indulgent facials draw on ingredients ranging from rose-petal extract and peppermint to chocolate truffles and maple syrup, creating a relaxing, aromatic experience without massaging warm chocolate-chip cookies into the skin.
Your spa session at Healthy Alternatives Detox & Natural Supplement Center begins with a 40-minute consultation ($40) from a certified naturopathic physician. Once the consultation has determined the condition of your soulsack through body-whispering and a series of mathematical riddles, you'll step into a NRG Works foot spa for a 40-minute detox treatment ($40). The foot spa uses gentle electric currents, negatively charged ionic fields, and other complicated scientific things to evict toxins, increase energy, calm emotions, and knit kaleidoscopically soothing sleep patterns. While your shoe-fillers soak up the serenity, you'll enjoy a cup of tea and a warm neck wrap. Clients will then burn up to 500 calories during a 40-minute infrared-sauna session, wherein the low-heat sauna rays massage stiff muscles and joints to relieve aches and pains, improve immune systems, spruce up skin, and sharpen senses for marathon games of real-life Whack-a-Mole. The consultation and the two treatments can be used over the course of three separate visits. Call to make an appointment.