Beauty & Spas in Iowa City

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What do a mainframe programmer and a massage therapist have in common? Both break down complex puzzles into their elemental parts and work toward solutions methodically. But for Bruce Morgan of Bodyworks By Bruce, a former engineer, no matter how long he worked with a particularly confounding programming problem and no matter how technically rewarding the project was, the human element of building relationships was missing.

That difference is what drew him into massage therapy. Whereas programming works within defined parameters, Bruce never knows what sort of puzzle he's going to solve when presented with a client suffering from pain. Before sessions, he consults with all clients extensively to get to know them and their symptoms, and encourages them to give feedback during sessions so that he can customize his approach. Shoulder pain, for example, may be symptomatic of a person compensating for damage in the ankles, which is why Bruce routinely delivers full-body massages. His training specialized in myofascial release and cross-fiber friction, whose strokes alternate between going with and against the muscle grain, and he uses these techniques to target problem areas.

Each client enjoys warmth in the private treatment room, both from a table warmer and the sage green shade of the walls. A salt lamp lends the room a relaxing glow, and Bon Vital all-natural lotion keeps skin hydrated. To set the soundtrack for their session, clients can select from a range of light jazz, Native American music, or nature sounds, including a chorus of dolphins covering Barry White songs.

2220 Mormon Trek Boulevard
Iowa City,
IA
US

At Elite Tan & Nails, clients add a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow to their skin with UV beds or sunless spray-tan booths. Guests enhance their golden-brown tones with lotions and scrubs from Tiny Bubbles or Cabana Queen. Clients can also indulge in manicures and pedicures; skilled nail technicians beautify visitors' appendages with colorful nail-polish designs.

311 S Linn St
Iowa City,
IA
US

The stylists at Cost Cutters keep pace with families' brisk lives by bestowing stylish haircuts without the hassle of making an appointment. Children, women, and men succumb to the artful snips of scissors and come out with trimmer, shapelier 'dos in a fraction of the time it takes to cut hair with the earth's erosional forces. Signature haircare products from CC Professional lead the charge on each customer's final style, aided by products from Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Tigi.

1661 S 1st Ave
Iowa City,
IA
US

Melissa McTee spent upwards of seven years honing her craft and learning new skills, and has become something of a beauty Renaissance woman, single-handedly performing an array of services ranging from haircuts to nail treatments. She revives worn-down digits and tops them with glossy polish, and infuses strands with rich, vibrant hues using Schwarzkopf Professional color and melted crayons. She also removes unwanted facial hair quickly and meticulously, deploying stripless wax infused with essential rose oil to render skin smooth.

1302 E 3rd St
Washington,
IA
US

Like a thermostat set to a balmy 86 degrees and carpet covered in sand, Your Tanning Bar makes it possible to forget when it’s the dead of winter. The spray tans administered by expert staffers have a way of making everyone look beach ready. The trick is to custom mix each tan to suit the individual client’s skin tone. In addition, Your Tanning Bar suffuses its sprays with vitamins, minerals, and moisturizers to protect and strengthen skin. Within minutes, staffers coat clients' bodies with an organic solution that has been worn by professional cheerleaders, Miss America contestants, and the tanning industry’s most reliable customers: wealthy snowmen.

700 S Dubuque St
Iowa City,
IA
US

The staff at Lutra Tanning knows how hard it can be to fit tanning into a busy schedule. So when they first started offering their FDA-approved airbrush tans, they decided to take their equipment directly to their client for safe, convenient tans in the comfort of a home or office. Technicians set up shop inside a pop-up tent, which offers clients privacy as well as shields houses from any errant spray. From within this tent, technicians can quickly coat clients in a safe spray that brings out a flawless golden glow without clients facing the risks resulting from bad sunburns or tanning beds training to be venus flytraps.

5 Buena Dr.
Iowa City,
IA
US