For Melissa "Star" Williams, creating glamorous hairstyles has been at the center of her career since 1996. At Williams & Company Beauty Studio, she and her fellow stylists cut and color hair, nourish damaged locks with conditioning treatments, and sew in extensions. With each completed look, they strive to instill their clients with feel-good vibes and self-confidence.
The experienced aestheticians at Scentsational Journeys vivify visages and ease bodily burden by animating an eclectic roster of spa and salon services. Relieve backs of kinks, knots, and errant darts with the soothing strokes of a Swedish relaxation massage ($40 for a half-hour session) or the muscle-softening pressure of a deep-tissue massage ($45 for a half-hour session). Patrons can manage facial fringe with an eyebrow ($15), lip ($12), or chin ($15) waxing or prettify phalanges with a spa manicure ($22) and Exotic Mango Journey pedicure ($50). Other services include lash or brow tinting ($25) and custom haircuts for women ($20), men ($15), and humans less than 12 years of age ($10).
Taverna's menus sport a spread of decadent dishes that feature traditional Mediterranean flavors fashioned from an elegant combination of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and quality imported products. Initiate a successful lunch campaign with daily changing bruschetta ($8), then crunch into a wood-fired, Neapolitan-style soppressata pizza topped with fried egg, house-made mozzarella, and San Marzano tomatoes ($16). For dinner, let the sautéed calamari starter massage taste buds with Israeli couscous, tomatoes, capers, and nicoise olives ($10) before diving snout first into a plate of scallops, risotto, corn, and truffles ($24). Fuel your stomach's brunch-time (Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) desires with a prosciutto, gruyere, and rosemary scone ($2) or a helping of Greek-style sunny-side-up eggs with feta, tomato, and green beans ($10).
Parisian Spa Institute is a "student driven" institute, training the next generation of beauticians in cosmetology, nail technology, skincare, massage services. The spa specializes in nail services and enhances every digit with knowledge of trending styles and an arsenal of acclaimed brands, including Minx, Shellac, and OPI Shatter. Private spa treatment rooms situated along a quiet corridor invite customers to take relaxing escapes with Swedish, hot-stone, and deep-tissue massages or polish up their countenances with eyebrow threading.
Design-driven owners Jim Stracke and Lea Laskowitz are proud to welcome clients to their salon's chic, modern, and lounge-like digs. As you wait to get your 'do done, pique your appetite for high-end style by perusing large cypress shelves stocked with products from Bumble & bumble and Malin+Goetz. Or, sip a complimentary beverage at the hand-crafted bar as you debate the differences between gross national, gross domestic, and seriously disgusting products. Hawthorn provides strand-taming services for both women and men, including cuts ($40+ for women, $25+ for men), single-process coloring ($50+), full highlights ($95+), and more. Free Wi-Fi enables customers to upload and share pictures of their renovated noggins with friends, family members, and evil ex-stylists without delay.
Pampered and Polished Spa in the Arlington area of Jacksonville is a full-service spa and salon providing skin and esthetician services. The low-key treatment center offers everything from facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures to a variety of body work and massage therapy services, including couples massage, Swedish massage, hot stone massage and full-service hair options. Soothing and calm with rattan chairs, a palm tree tropical theme, bamboo rolling shades and dim track lighting, the sea foam soft colors and dimly lit therapy rooms at Pampered and Polished Spa provide relaxation and comfort. A mural of a large tree in the lobby feels calm and serene, and the prices won’t make you lose your cool, either. For the budget-conscious, weekly specials and holiday packages are available as well.