In another life, the aestheticians of Brighter Image Day Spa were probably chefs. The spa's service list reads more like a restaurant menu, divided into "Appetizers" and "Entrees" sections ripe with ingredients that could be pulled from any gourmet's kitchen. Nail technicians sprinkle Dead Sea salt onto hands and feet to exfoliate skin and prevent pasta from sticking to it, and peach, mango, and sage infuse a selection of elaborate pedicures. In the spa, aestheticians nourish bodies with neroli body scrubs and minty back facials that empty grime-stuffed pores. After their treatments, patrons can shop the spa's own line of cosmetics, which integrate vitamins and sun protection into a spectrum of vivid colors for the eyes, lips, and face.
Sun Tan City's specially designed devices bathe bodies in an even, bronze glow. The tanning beds ($9-$34) apply a delicate balance of UVA and UVB rays to create the fun-in-the-sun look, with varying session durations depending on the bed's level of intensity -- fast, faster, fastest, or instant. The VersaSpa Sunless Tanning System ($34) can provide a natural, even-tonal transformation without the use of UV rays. Standing upright in the VersaSpa booth, your body will be gently misted with either a clear or bronze solution, which will then be combined with an anti-aging moisturizing skin treatment. Each booth is scientifically designed to provide a breathe-easy treatment and features an exhaust system to send the lingering mist out while sealing in skin's new shade. Finally, after a few minutes in the comfort air-dry system, your body will be dry to the touch.
Salon at Studio E's stylists wield Big Sexy Hair products as they cut and color manes in a black-and-white boutique salon peppered with scarlet accents. A large photo of Marilyn Monroe pays homage to old Hollywood glamour as clients declare their style preferences during consultations. Sebastian Laminates Cellophanes gloss glazes hair with lustrous, translucent hues, and deep-conditioning treatments call upon the most appropriate brand to soothe frizz-stricken strands and render them as smooth as Barry White's pet dolphin.
Blueridge Beauty's aesthetician Stephanie Litten calls on 15 years of experience when performing spa services and holistic therapies that aim to enhance appearances and soothe away stress. An array of massage modalities ease aching muscles, and South African Bio Sculpture gel enlivens fingers with chip-resistant coats of bright color, allowing nails to grow stronger than a diamond-eating bodybuilder. Waxing treatments banish unwanted fuzz and heated paraffin wax cleanses façades during facials and pampers feet during pedicures.
Formally St. Pierre Salon and Academy, Salon Prive has been training stylists and styling hair in Roanoke Valley for fifteen years. The Salon's staff create classic, contemporary, edgy dos using a blend of razors and scissors. They also add some zest new styles with a vibrant single-process color or highlights in subtle golden hue or a trio of colors that pays homage to the Italian flag. Salon Prive's new location in downtown Roanoke features plenty of parking, so patrons can enjoy their new look in the rear-view mirror all the way home.