Creature comforts are half the fun at The Retreat Nails & Spa. Before services, guests can sip complimentary beverages and relax in a massage chair. Then, the relaxation begins. The spa's staff of nail techs pamper hands and feet with Shellac manicures and pedicures, and skincare experts do their part with refreshing facials. The Retreat also offers reflexology, which targets stress and imbalances in the body through the massaging of the feet, and waxes, which shape eyebrows and remove unwanted milk mustaches.
"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who?s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that?s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
Clients at Stylingbar can relax during styling sessions, and not just because they’re sipping flutes of champagne. They can relax because they’re going to walk out with a fabulous blowout that will last for days, thus freeing up their time to do more important things, such as teaching the dog to sing.
The stylists at the salon wash hair and infuse strands with essential oils imported from France for an additional fee. They then create pin-straight locks, sassy curls, braids, and updos for an additional charge as well.
Zebra-print chairs offset classic Doric columns topped with lights at Village La Salon, adding a fun element of funk to an upscale salon atmosphere. Inside, professional stylists shape hair into customized styles with a variety of services for men and women, which range from haircuts and highlights to permanent relaxers and conditioning treatments. They also perform a variety of other salon services, including mani-pedis, full-body massages, permanent makeup, and threading and waxing.
Lavender, grapefruit, honey, papaya, sea salt, coconut, green tea—though this may sound like a gourmet grocery list, for Voir Salon & Spa it’s a sampling of the ingredients that augment its foot soaks, exfoliations, and scrubs. There’s a reason, though, that the components might be found in a high-end eatery: Voir favors natural, organic treatments and keeps abreast of ecological and holistic methods, eschewing the chemicals and invasive procedures of other salons and intensive tax audits. This philosophy permeates the salon as well, from the natural, protein-rich compounds that stylists use to color hair after shearing it to the organic Essie and Zoya polish that manicurists treat nails to.
Yet the natural approach isn’t the only thing that sets minds at ease inside Voir Salon & Spa. Rustic, white-painted brick and aquamarine accents work together to summon the feeling of summer sky. Skin specialists employ lactic-acid exfoliation and herbal peels with algae as they fight acne, sun damage, or scars resulting from using porcupines as pillows. The spa’s massage therapists soothe both minds and bodies through massages that range from hot-stone kneading to Thai massage, during which yoga-inspired positions engage clients in relaxing stretches.
While the name of this Rice Village spa may sum up its specialties, it reveals very little about the detail that goes into each service. Take, for instance, the mani-pedis: nail technicians not only lengthen digits with Solar or fiberglass nails, they also soften the surrounding skin with sea salt scrubs and paraffin wax. During facial treatments, aestheticians thoroughly assess the skin before combatting acne, dehydration, or signs of aging with a personalized medley of vitamin-enriched Matis Paris products. To extend the life of newly glowing complexions, the staff plies clients with take-home samples of any product used during their treatments.