The relaxation squad at This Is It Salon and Spa believe just as strongly in cosmetic trends as they do in the medical benefits of massage. Though the salon’s service menu may seem polarized at first glance, the staff manages to pull it all together by creating proper pairings powered by high-end products from Aveda, Essential, and It&ly.
In the spa’s private rooms, therapists perform facials and body treatments, as well as 10 types of massages, each of which aids in the release of muscular tension and pain. Massage modalities range from deep-tissue and hot-stone varieties to carpal-tunnel or pre- and post-natal massage. The therapists also perform therapeutic massages to ease pain caused by chronic illnesses. The spa has been approved to accept insurance and physician referrals for medical massages. Regardless of the selected modality, the spa staff happily executes both in-studio and on-location sessions, traveling throughout the area to perform makeup and nail services for events ranging from weddings to stuffed-animal tea parties.
The stylists, colorists, and aestheticians at Monolo Hair Studio render customized hair and skin services, from Schwarzkopf conditioning treatments to feather hair extensions. Stylists rely on products from Chi and American Crew to nourish tresses, whereas their blow-driers shape and set new 'dos and blast away any tiny plastic Barbie blow-driers that were previously stuck in your hair. The attentive technicians also perform men's hot-towel shaves, chip-resistant Shellac mani-pedis, and 30-minute deep pore-cleansing facials, which are performed as caped clients sit upright in styling chairs like dapper superheroes. At the front of the salon, a glass case showcases sparkling jewelry and shelves of beauty products.
It takes a long time to braid hair. Knowing this, the team at Oluchi African Hair Braiding cultivates a friendly chair-side manner to make people feel at home, an attitude that dates back to their efforts at building a family of regular customers. And it's natural for people to want to keep coming back: as their hair grows or trends change, they can evolve their looks with the stylists, who are versed in a large—and ever-growing—repertoire of braiding and twisting techniques. The stylists at Oluchi can create anything from traditional cornrows and dreadlocks to Senegalese twists and box braids.
The stylists at Bashamy’s Salon & Spa boast a portfolio of dramatic styles that range from edgy mohawks of tousled curls to sleek, asymmetrical bobs streaked with color. But these 'dos needn’t come at the expense of healthy hair—the staff also treats strands to the deep hydration of silkening Moroccanoil treatments. They can deftly handle natural hair that has never been processed or work to correct years of damage from straightening, extending, or working as Rapunzel’s stunt double.
Nicole "Nikki BossLady" Bailey is fierce with a pair of shears. As a licensed cosmetologist with more than 13 years of experience, she's got an eagle eye for details when tailoring cut-and-color treatments to an individual's features and personality. Nikki is also a multicultural stylist adept and handling all types of hair, regardless or color, texture, length, or political affiliation.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: MicroDermabrasions and Facials
Pro Tip: Located on the Lower Level of the Normandy Apartments