Unwanted hairs are swiftly removed from heads at Perfect Image Salon. The stylists expertly cut overgrown locks into new looks such as bobs, long layers, side-swept bangs, and pixies. Further transformation arrives in the form of a color change, volume-boosting perm, and keratin hair-smoothing treatment.
Some of dance instructor Jessica Hall's students have gone on to tour with Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige. That's because when she teaches, she taps into her experience as a choreographer and dancer for MTV and HBO and having made appearances in movies, TV shows, and commercials. At The Swan Studio, she shares her encyclopedic knowledge of dancing and the role of dancing in show business with her students. The studio also offers Pilates classes, which are designed to help students of all levels build lean muscle, lose weight, improve posture, and eliminate back pain.
Suzie Johnson studied the art of eyelash extensions in Los Angeles and puts her skills to work today at Tease Hair Studio. Donning magnifying glasses for a deeper view of her subject's lids, she uses tiny tweezers to adhere each individual extension to her client’s natural lashes. Each one adds length and volume to winks and blinks, negating the need for heavy mascaras or well-trained pet caterpillars.
The expert team of stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists at Athena Salon & Spa shares a common goal—to provide a relaxing escape from daily routine. To do this, they draw on a menu of spa and salon services that includes everything from haircuts to fruit-infused facial peels. In private treatment rooms, massage therapists rely on hot stones and deep-tissue techniques to melt soreness caused by stress or back flipping into an empty pool. The spa’s footbaths, at least, are filled with warm water and pulsating jets to soothe sore feet and prepare them for cuticle treatments. For special occasions, the beauty experts can combine services such as waxes and updos into packages for brides, grooms, and their miniature wedding-cake likenesses.
When recovering from serious accidents, David and Valerie Hopkins found relief in therapeutic massage. Since discovering the healing benefits of massage, the two have embarked on a journey that led them to opening Royal Care Lifestyle. A staff of certified massage therapists are dedicated to relieving and healing their clients' bodies, minds, and spirit animals. Clients find a simplified menu of services that lists massages simply by duration. This is because the staff consults with each client as to his or her problem areas and tolerance of pressure, and encourages feedback during the session, as the therapist draws from multiple modalities depending on the clients' needs.
Creation Salon’s team of expert stylists, therapists, and aestheticians enhances hair, skin, nails, and muscles within a brightly hued cottage storefront. Owner Amber Hale and her fellow coiffeuses treat locks to alluring new ‘dos or blowouts, daub tresses with block coloring, and charm snakes before sculpting gorgon-inspired dreadlocks. Manicures and pedicures treat appendages to massages and herb soaks, and facials soothe stressed skin with gentle cleansers. A warm bath of wax relieves underarms, bikini areas, and eyebrows of unwanted fringe and primes skin for applications of glitter tattoos, whose waterproof designs pay homage to favorite shapes or phrases from the Constitution. Behind a mint-green façade and wrought-iron porch, a gleaming chandelier casts its warm light on the salon’s reception area.
The Best Day Spa soothes customers with myriad treatments, but its specialty is the massage. Therapists tickle spines with a dozen traditional massage modalities, ranging from hot-stone and sports massages to couples massage and their signature Best Day massage, which combines techniques from different modalities with aromatherapy to lull the senses into a state of NASA-approved bliss. They also perform five types of Thai massage, including Thai herbal massage and the Thai and Swedish combo massage.
When not taming backs beleaguered by muscles knotted into the shape of 19th-century presidents, the specialists at The Best Day Spa invigorate visitors with body treatments. They apply scrubs and European mud wraps, as well as perform facials, waxing, nail treatments, and foot reflexology. The staff employs products from companies such as Young Living, iLike Organic Skin Care, and Glo Therapeutics.