Led by color-certified master stylists, Allure Hair Studio helps clients revamp or retouch their ‘dos with a range of contemporary and classic looks. Women, men, and children alike visit the studio for everything ranging from simple haircuts to extravagant updos to smoothing keratin treatments. Echoing the company’s emphasis on client education, stylists offer advice on how to preserve salon-like hair at home and reasons why it’s a bad idea to wear Pocket Polly–sized lanterns as earrings. Allure Hair Studio also houses a beauty salon, where guests enjoy mani-pedis, massages, and other pampering services.
Area natives Erica Daly and Lisa Powell lead Le Posh Salon's legion of continuously educated coif crafters in accentuating natural beauty with classic and contemporary styles. Customers seeking a quick crop can lasso a haircut and blow-dry to transform pesky manes into well-mannered face frames ($35+ for women; $16+ for men), and clients with lengthy, lackluster locks can opt for a mop lop, blow-dry, and an all-over single-process color ($45+). Bolster head hues with the light follicular embellishment of the partial-foil pigment boost ($65+), coupled with a cut and blow-dry to leave headscapes as smooth and alluring as a dolphin at a singles mixer. Le Posh Salon's savvy stylists employ products such as Chrome, Milkshake, Goldwell, and Sexy Hair in the glass-fronted pamper palace.
At each of HealthSource Chiropractic's more than 400 locations throughout the country, doctors, licensed massage therapists, and physical therapists work together to treat and prevent chronic aches and pains while helping clients increase their overall wellness levels. By combining chiropractic adjustments with strengthening therapy in a technique the center dubs "progressive rehab," specialists can both ease pain and take steps to ensure it doesn't return. This chiropractic treatment incorporates whole-body wellness, not only treating back pain, neck pain headache, sciatica, fibromyalgia and other common concerns, but also focusing on prevention, wellness, and nutrition to help clients achieve optimal health.
Green bamboo shoots, an improvised rock garden, and sleek, wagon-red couches beckon guests to relax at the front of Mani Q Spa. But just beyond the front desk whirs a flurry of activity. Nail techs enhance hands with chip-resistant polishes from OPI, Essie, and CND, or lull them to sleep with soothing hot stones or paraffin wax treatments. Against the other wall of the salon, their foot-focused brethren tend to guests luxuriating in plush, elevated pedicure thrones.
Mounting a full-fledged assault on stress, the spa offers a petite menu of spa services including body-waxing and back massages. In a private treatment room, aestheticians pour over complexions before cleansing, exfoliating, and steaming away imperfections. For faces that need extra attention, the aesthetician reaches for a seaweed mask to hydrate the skin, aromatic oils to massage stiff necks, and gold stars to place on the forehead.
At Muscles First!, massage therapist Ashley shares her enthusiasm for two Thai bodywork techniques: Thai massage and luk pra kob. The former incorporates elements of yoga, and the latter incorporates herbs and compression massage to help improve circulation and reduce stress. Depending on your needs though, Ashley may recommend one of her more traditional massage treatments, such as deep-tissue or Swedish massage. Luk Pra Kob, a Thai herbal compress treatment, can also be added to massages.
When a muscle aches, the whole body aches with it. That’s why licensed massage therapist Natalie Hasenkamp gears each of her five massage modalities toward relaxing the entire body while paying special attention to two or three particular problem areas. She tailors each of her 60- or 90-minute sessions with light, medium, and firm strokes informed by 900 hours of course study, deftly skirting clients’ hurt-so-good threshold without going over. A student of the craft, she continually adds to her muscle mending capabilities with continuing education courses.