At Riverside Health & Wellness, Hydei Herrera maps out paths to good health through skincare, yoga, and body work services. A licensed therapist for the last decade as well as a mother of three, Herrera is all too familiar with life's balancing act, and uses that experience to help her patients achieve both physical and mental wellness. She's especially skilled in aesthetic skincare, a craft that manifests itself in an assortment of skin-related treatments that includes facials, waxes, chemical peels, and full-body scrubs. Moreover, Riverside Health & Wellness's staffers go beyond traditional spa services by using laser technology, which they use to remove tattoos, oust unwanted hair, and zap aliens from Venus.
The same old-world building that housed Al Capone's private office now harbors Freedom United Salon. Although the gangster and criminal activity are long gone, the building's history is still palpable. Below glam chandeliers and a turn-of-the-century tin ceiling, skilled stylists such as Amelia Alter gild tresses with bold highlights and chisel flattering layers. Guests also can receive swift-wax or private-makeup consultation.
Guy & Co's team of beauticians overhauls outmoded outer appearances with an aesthetically driven menu of services for hair and skin. Hydei Childs, the salon's skincare expert, wields Dermalogica products in a private treatment room during classic and luxe facials such as the caviar collagen mask. Out in the salon, scissors-wielding stylists reimagine manes with haircuts, coloring treatments, and upright cowlick extensions, or aestheticians soften epidermal expanses with facials and waxing sessions. Botanical products from Moroccanoil and Aveda help staffers accomplish beauty-boosting feats and are also available for purchase à la carte. Sandy hues wash over the salon's tranquil interior, where walls of ornately wrought mirrors allow patrons to view their freshly shorn hairdos.
Bladz Salon's team of spa specialists soothes clients from their heads to their toenails, including the tense, achy muscles that fall between. Amanda Green, the salon's aesthetician, glosses patrons' guises with paraben-free products by Image Skincare during thorough facial treatments. In a dimly lit treatment chamber, a soft, heated mattress supports weary limbs while satin blankets offer cool kisses to massage-ready skin, and the sounds of wind chimes wash over brains to erase memories of off-key holiday recordings.
Owner Heather Jobe mixes and matches an arsenal of beauty techniques, choosing the combination of treatments that will help each client look their best. The licensed aesthetician uses FDA-approved microcurrent technology during Beautiful Image services, which also include facial and body sculpting. During the Beautiful Image facial, she combines microcurrent with facial reflexology and acupressure to reduce the appearance of cellulite and wrinkles, tighten sagging skin, and clear up acne and rosacea. She uses the same technology to target specific zones around the body, reducing cellulite and toning muscle during the Beautiful Image body-sculpting and toning treatment. Alternative treatments include facials that utilize a steam exfoliation and purifying mask, or back treatments that cleanse pores and draw out impurities using only a seaweed mask and a human-size centrifuge.