The rippling waters of Oahu offer relaxing backdrop for the expert bodywork of licensed massage therapist Kimberly Cazimero. In the comfort of her My Island Spa, she can ease chronic tension with focused deep-tissue pressure, or melt tension with lighter Swedish strokes. Guests may also request a signature sports massage, which improves range of motion in struggling limbs and vocal range in struggling tenors.
Rock music and pizza. It’s an unlikely pairing as the inspiration for an Aveda salon, but in the hands of friends Jentry and Katy, it grew beyond that as the foundation of their local hair and makeup hub.
An Austin native, co-owner, and stylist, Jentry would sneak into his hometown’s Black Cat music venue while still underage to catch sight of acts such as Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Over the years, the hall came to represent Austin’s unique charm and live-music foundation, never succumbing to gimmickry or the status-quo throughout its lifespan. The venue’s ability to stick to its roots stayed with Jentry, remaining an inspiration when years later, he and a client, marketing whiz Katy, dreamed of opening their own salon. After months of late-night pizza-and-brainstorming sessions, the concept for their salon came full circle when a black kitten curled up on Jentry’s porch. In a unique move toward remembering a tenacious rock bar and what it stood for, the twosome founded their salon: The Black Cat.
Today, a fleet of stylists brandish their shears, color, and powder puffs amid decor that reflects The Black Cat’s grittier roots. Clients see the vintage script of the “Sorry, We’re Open” front sign before encountering the salon’s gray and blue walls accented with rustic wood furniture and panels. The result is a carefully curated contrast of sleek and scuffed, much like a hitchhiker’s diamond cufflinks.
Koolau Massage's therapists soothe muscles and alleviate aches with a wide range of massage techniques and scrubs forged from Canadian mineral sea salt. With more than 30 years combined experience, the therapists specialize in multiple modalities, including hot-stone massage, trigger-point therapy, thai massage, neuromuscular therapy, and styles designed to rehabilitate injuries. Hot-stone massages ease tension and improve circulation, aromatherapy soothes breathing tubes, and mineral salt scrubs invigorate the feet.
At Jese Salon, hair stylist Jenny and aesthetician Ses work together to totally revamp visages. Jenny cuts hair into trendy styles and employs coloring techniques that range from face-framing highlights to ombre color. Ses, meanwhile, treats guests to indulgent European facials as well as soothing acne treatments, acupressure skin therapy, and waxing services for brows and upper lip.