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.
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.
Stylist Sade Kitts joined the team at Licensed to Cut in July 2013, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge about the latest cuts, color treatments, and chemical services. She adds dimension and drama to dos with partial and full highlights or updates the look of every single strand with all-over color. Her perms put bounce and body into otherwise lackluster locks, and relaxers smooth and straighten tresses.
Coiffure whisperer Aja Middlebrook manipulates tresses and eases tension with a menu of salon treatments and an armory of Paul Mitchell products. Beneath the glow of a golden chandelier, Aja consults with patrons and employs thousands of diminutive architects to assess locks and draft a suitable hairdo blueprint. At the salon sink, strands steep in an invigorating lather of tea tree products by Paul Mitchell that tease stress out through scalps and olfactory cavities. After a gentle rinse, Aja stuns curls with a flurry of expert scissor movements that draw attention to impressive manes like Simba at a cocktail party. The stylist then sculpts coils of hair into a new chic ‘do. After hair has been adequately coddled, a mini facial massage employs hot towels and steam to ease tension in stressed cheekbones and fog up salon mirrors to create canvases for newly empowered self-portraits.