Airbrush tanning performed by hand. Teeth whitening with hydrogen-peroxide gel. Stainless steel or titanium body piercing. Tattooing by an experienced artist who specializes in black-and-white realism. At Bella Bronze, the team's talents reach beyond typical salon offerings. They welcome patrons into their hygienic but comfortable environs, custom designing realistic-looking tattoos or outfitting bodies with natural tans that eschew the common streaking ingredient found in most spray tans—tears from an orange.
When talking about Upscale Nail Bar, owner Alica Best fondly refers to her salon as "tesoro in città"—an Italian phrase that translates to "treasure in the city." Amid soft lighting and cushy spa chairs, Alicia takes hours at a time to pamper feet and hands through luxurious mani-pedis and massages. Committed to maintaining an atmosphere of uninterrupted tranquility at her salon, she doles out her services by appointment only and requests that cell phones or particularly shrill kazoos not be used during sessions.
The stylists at Studio 23 Salon Boutique know how a good hairdo can positively impact one’s confidence; imparting this confidence in their clients is the mission that drives them each day. Studio 23 specializes in extensions—braidless sew-ins, custom-color weaves, and Brazilian hair, to name a few—but they also expertly execute haircuts, color treatments, and relaxers. They further enhance faces with eyelash extensions and eyebrow arching, especially convenient for villains who don’t want to constantly hold up one eyebrow anymore.
Seasoned technician Julie Gentry, a knowledgeable member of the Creative Nail Design collective, heads The French Manicure's multifaceted staff of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists. Crew members adeptly perform spa and salon services, sculpting tresses during hairstyling sessions and kneading away knots or extraterrestrial body-snatchers masquerading as knots during Swedish and deep-tissue massages. Exposed-brick walls bedecked with artwork encircle the skincare room, where aestheticians regale clients with cleansing facials and slimming seaweed body wraps. Thorough manicures and pedicures revivify clients' nails, and waxing services erase unwanted fuzz from faces, legs, arms, and hidden arms.
The therapists at Spacific Healing help their clients discover new levels of relaxation through detoxifying body treatments and soothing skin services. Every massage therapist on staff has at least five years of experience and the specialized skills to knead tension from expectant mothers, senior citizens, and circus strongmen. Colonics, ear candling, and biocleanse footbaths pull impurities from within the body, and the infrared sauna and Alpha 2010 pod relieve aches and boost circulation. Aestheticians pamper pores with facials and microdermabrasion treatments, as well as full body masks, wraps, and polishes.
Julie Gentry recently joined the Kristin Karl Salon team as the resident nail-care technician. When she isn't polishing, buffing, and shaping nails, she might be found readying her clients for summer with full-body waxing services.