The staff at J. Denae Salon beautifies hair and skin at two locations, one in Westport and one in Kansas City. Seasoned stylists, who stay on top of new trends through continuing-education classes, snip new dos and enrich strands with highlights and all-over color. J. Denae Salon also treats skin to airbrush spray tans, waxing, and facials. Every appointment includes complimentary makeup services with beautyAddicts products to complete each new look, from glamour gal to Marcel Marceau.
With a complimentary glass of wine in hand, Innovations Salon & Spa’s guests settle in to enjoy one of the many beautifying services that salon owner Donna has perfected over 11 years in business and two decades in the industry. Donna and her staff of 15 talented professionals specialize in hairstyling services that range from traditional cuts and coloring to innovative keratin straightening treatments that eliminate frizz and tame unmanageable curls. They wield L'oreal products; the infusions of antioxidants, macadamia-nut oil, and wheat protein in these professional formulas fortify each strand with enough strength to bench-press a bobby pin.
The scents of peppermint, lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus fill the air in the spa, where therapists soothe muscles and senses alike during aromatherapy massages. Nearby, aestheticians exfoliate and refresh aging complexions with Bioelements products, remove unwanted hair with swipes of warm wax, and apply makeup to the faces of aspiring prom queens and identity thieves.
Before developing Elite Ceuticals Non Surgical Face Lift, the owner spent more than 20 years formulating skincare products for other companies. Armed with that experience, she creates skincare blends that stimulate and revive aging skin with aloe vera that's grown hydroponically—that is, fed a regimen of minerals and vitamins and never treated with pesticides or put through a laminating machine.
Featuring an upscale yet warm and comfortable atmosphere, Sanctuary offers you a complimentary beverage of your choice before your face-beautifying session. The microdermabrasion treatment removes layers of sun damage, sluggish and stressed-out skin, and ambiguous, unidentified dark spots ($60). After an initial face cleaning, the oxy trio facial treatment ($85) will provide three-step antioxidant therapy designed to avoid and rectify damage caused by free radicals—a leading contributor to the aging process and melty legs. Even after a semester spent crab fishing in the Everglades, the treatment is able to rejuvenate stressed skin and stimulate circulation and respiration. The trio is then followed up by the Ultra II treatment, which promotes cell turnover and production of elastin and collagen for a soft, vibrant appearance that can be seen in mirrors.
In the lobby of Spa 7, there is a large painting of a birdcage—but the cage is empty. Instead, the bird perches majestically at the cage's pointed top, poised as if for immediate flight. The image suits owner Stacey Rupe's philosophy well; she believes that the quest for outer beauty and emotional freedom starts when the body is liberated from the toxins and stress it keeps trapped inside. From colon hydrotherapy to massage, the Spa 7 team uses interior healing as a catalyst to create feelings of confidence and inner well-being that radiate outward. Stacey's staff of aestheticians then step forward to enhance the physical transformation externally with a slate of facials and other body treatments that renew skin with time-tested beautifying ingredients such as seaweed, essential oils, and Burt Reynolds's mustache hairs. Permanent makeup artist, Tina Burch, uses a steady hand to apply hypo-allergenic pigments to lashes, eyebrows, lips, and to the lining of the eye.
Angie Mathews knows that to look good, you need to feel good, and vice versa. She caters the menu of services at Mind-Body Nutrition Day Spa to strike such a balance between said mind, body, and the elusive spirit. Angie's signature treatment, the microcurrent face-lift, sends mild electrical currents through the skin to stimulate rejuvenation at the cellular level. With Cirepil wax from Perron Rigot, she deftly lifts away unwanted hair and stubborn glitter, leaving skin smoother than a freshly baked jellybean. Body wraps, massages, facials, body sculpting, and chemical peels round out her list of offerings, allowing her to promote relaxation and tend to sensitive skin.
If anything, Skyline Downtown Salon is true to its name: housed in a renovated loft furnished with rustic wooden booths, the fourth-floor studio overlooks Kansas City's vista of industrial buildings and towers. While clients enjoy the view, stylists and aestheticians transform their hair, soothe façades with custom peels, and leave skin as smooth as laminated silk drapes with waxing treatments. Reflecting the attention to style of its location in the Crossroads Art District, Skyline Downtown Salon also offers haircare products from such companies as Oribe, Moroccanoil, and Bumble and bumble.