Becky M. Hogge, a licensed cosmetologist for more than 24 years, sees Urban Escape Salon and Day Spa as a space outside of time. She and her staff view their venue as a sanctuary where clients can recline and recharge before walking back into busy schedules. Managing such an oasis is not as restful as visiting one, however. To update her repertoire of services, Becky attends hair shows and continuing-education classes throughout the year. Her resulting expertise allows her to style all hair types, to imbue strands with fresh color, and to craft formal updos for special occasions. She is also certified in keratin straightening treatments and staunchly believes in the aesthetic value of professional salon products. Formulas from Redken, Pureology, and Bioelements all contribute to her trimming and texturizing appointments.
In addition to haircare, the spa hosts a catalog of relaxing body treatments. Massage techniques range from Swedish and deep-tissue modalities to hot-stone work and reflexology. Nail technicians beautify hands and feet with mani-pedis and paraffin dips, a more professional moisturizing method than wearing lotion-filled mittens. Custom facials, facial waxing, tanning, and makeup applications round out the menu of pampering services.
Relax & Rejuvenate helps clients relax and relieve stress in a peaceful environment. With certified massage therapists on staff, Relax & Rejuvenate offers Swedish, deep-tissue, and therapeutic massages to help ease its clients' tight muscles and tired backs.
Lounging amid the salon's robin's-egg blue walls, guests undergo full-on makeovers via 3-D nail designs and cut and color treatments. One Touch of Paradise is also a multicultural salon, which means that each stylist is an expert in all hair types, regardless of color or texture.
A tranquil experience awaits clients who waltz through the doors of A New Length Salon & Day Spa, where attentive staffers greet them with an array of hair, skin, and massage services. Five stylists scurry across the salon floor, skillfully tending to manes with customized haircuts, highlights, and straightening treatments utilizing more than 15 brands of beauty products including Keune and Bio Ionic haircare. Inside a private treatment room, an aesthetician tends to skin, peering into pores to decipher skin types and predict next week's lottery numbers. Visages can be balanced and restored to more youthful appearances with the aid of traditional aesthetic services, such as brow tinting and waxing, or more advanced medi-spa treatments such as Diamond microdermabrasion. Faces are further beautified at the hands of a trained makeup artist wielding True skincare and cosmetics, a line of products infused with a free-radical fighting antioxidant. During makeup applications, artists narrate every brush stroke so clients can recreate the look at home. A New Length's staff also uses their beautification skills to pay it forward by donating proceeds from haircuts, facials, massages, and pink polish to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.
At SpaTaneity, relaxation begins as soon as guests step over the threshold. The de-stressing smells of aromatherapy greet each guest, and the sounds of trickling water and calming music add depth to the refreshing beverages clients sip as they begin to leave the bustling world behind. The spa’s owner, Trish Diaz, honed her relaxation-inducing skills during 10 years spent as a master aesthetician. In designing her spa, Trish made sure that her qualified staff members possessed the same unparalleled attention to detail that Trish lavished on her tranquil spa space.
Amid earth-toned rooms filled with plants and plush pillows, licensed and master aestheticians use custom facials and microdermabrasion to rid skin of imperfections and signs of aging such as sun spots, fine lines, and the finger scratches that result from babysitting an ill-behaved grandfather clock. Massage therapists deflate stress and tension with Swedish, hawaiian, and hot-stone massages, and mud body wraps feature cameos from honey butters and sea mud to detox the skin and give it a healthy, polished glow.
Rita Gregory began wearing acrylic nails in 1982 and continued wearing them for six years. Over this time, they caused severe damage to her natural fingernails. She sought advice at nail salons, but the professionals she asked didn't offer a satisfactory solution—they simply recommended covering up the damage with more artificial nails. So Rita began conducting her own research.
Atir Natural Nail Care is the culmination of her studies; it’s not only a nail salon, but a nail clinic, where technicians strive to educate clients about natural nail care and nail health. Drawing from her research, they smooth cuticles, strengthen fingernails, and moisturize hands. Treatments bridge the gap between health and beauty by utilizing natural ingredients such as tea-tree oil and shea butter, and Zoya and essie natural nail lacquers leave a gleaming shine without the use of potentially harmful chemicals.