Owner Markétta Pace, a stylist with more than 25 years of experience, expertly leads her staff in beautifying neglected body parts with hair, nail, and skin treatments. The salon’s lobby boasts cookies, apple juice, and coffee for pretreatment nibbles, and private rooms provide much-needed respite for refurbishing façades. Outside the salon, the aestheticians at Markétta's pamper the community with free haircuts and head pats to middle-school kids who make the honor roll.
The expert fingers of bliss’s stylists each graduate from the salon's extensive apprenticeship program before they style hair or massage extremities in Aveda-product-centric services. The Caribbean Therapy Retreat manicure ($40) or pedicure ($60) infuses limb-ends with Caribbean plant aromas during a soothing massage, using a warm seaweed mask to exfoliate skin cells and revive toes still groggy after hitting sandbars too hard the previous night. Perk up downtrodden locks with the haircut and style ($35+ for women, $25+ for men), which slathers hair in botanical-based shampoo, massages skulls, and trims back nests of hair serpents. Hair-color treatments ($45+) restore faded locks to Technicolor glory, and the Damage Remedy treatment ($55+) uses Aveda's plant-based ingredients to repair strands splintered by the karate chops of passing zephyrs.
An Aveda Concept salon, Intrigue Salon & Spa uses Aveda's plant-based, natural products to beautify hair as well as pamper skin, hands, and feet during spa treatments. Even color products are infused with conditioning plant oils for shiny, healthy hair that smells like flowers rather than a bustling chemistry lab. Along with cuts, color, and styling, the staff at Intrigue also pampers hands and feet with mani-pedis enhanced by stress-fix salts and soothing lotions. OPI polish finishes these treatments on a colorful note. Waxing services and makeup applications are also available.
Trey Warner, one of the talented stylists at Simply Gorgeous, transforms clients' appearances with expert hair services. He clips men's and women's hair into chic cuts, infuses stands with vibrant color, and customizes texture with Brazilian blowouts and relaxers. Warner also deftly shapes brows into perfect arches.
The staffers at The Fountain of Youth Day Spa and Salon Inc. each draw on 10 or more years of experience in their respective fields to revitalize clients’ minds and bodies. Massage therapist Steve Kisielewski soothes problems from muscle tension to fibromyalgia with his specialty neuromuscular massage, and aesthetician Theresa Kisielewski applies her training in manual lymphatic drainage and matrix energy work during carefully tailored facials. For hair services, clients come to see Jessie James, a stylist who artistically colors locks with ammonia-free Organic Systems products.
Within the tranquil, century-old walls of the Belvedere house, the staff of The Secret Spa & Salon beautify bodies from the toes up. Hair stylists transform coifs with Aveda, Bumble and bumble, and Schwarzkopf products, as owner Richelle enhances natural nails with OPI, CND, and Gelish polish or extensions made from acrylic, silk, or fiberglass. A massage therapist eases tension with hot stones, aromatic oils, and custom pressure, and Dermalogica skincare experts clear complexions with relaxing facials that combat fine lines, acne, and premature aging. The spa also uses Jane Iredale makeup products.
Built in 1905 by the same architect behind the historic Biltmore house, Belvedere?which is part of the historic society?now has a slightly more modern feel thanks to the spa's staff, who accented its wood floors and abundant natural light with green plants and paintings by local artists. The multigabled house also boasts a projecting bay window, which makes an ideal spot for drying nail polish or testing the reflective properties of freshly waxed skin.