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.
Annette Jones's grin on the glossy cover of KC Business magazine is a constant reminder that Zafar's guiding concept is "do what you love." It's a motto Jones obviously took to heart, since her shop?s utterly appealing trio of services?Zafar is one-third spa, one-third salon, and one-third boutique?still stirs her passions today.
Within the hybrid shop, shoppers duck into changing rooms, where they step into the sequined leggings, feed sugar cubes to the animal print coats, and strike poses in the mini-dresses that comprise Zafar's wardrobe. At 10 hair care stations, technicians cut, style, and color, or select from a menu of natural hair services that ensure successful 'dos for almost every strand type. Facials, waxing, and massage keep skin smooth and muscles supple, and nail treatments even include a manicure option for men.
Nail Fantasy's salon technicians pamper their guests with a variety of manicures and pedicures. During a deluxe spa pedicure, for instance, marine salt scrubs and cooling masques work with cucumber heel-therapy lotion and hot towels to make feet feel better than the first time they put on bunny slippers. Shiatsu massage chairs and foot soaks also enhance the relaxing experience. Up top, nails get beautified with everything from gel polish to silk wraps, and nail polish designs and polish changes are also available. Along with nail care, Nail Fantasy also offers waxing and eyelash extensions.
When you step through the doors at Bodywork Lounge, you're not just arriving for an appointment. You're entering a calm sanctuary, a place where the strains and stresses of the outside world have no power to disrupt. In private treatment rooms, three massage therapists relieve sources of tension such as an overworked muscle or an upcoming airplane-pulling competition, drawing on Swedish modalities or reflexology techniques. The team also pamper guests with paraffin hand treatments and sugar scrubs for the feet during spa party packages, and brings their relaxation on the road for in-home massages.
Within Oracle Massage and Wellness Center, licensed massage therapists draw from Eastern and Western massage philosophies to eradicate muscle tension and stress in private treatment rooms. Along with classic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques, the staff draw on the radiant warmth of hot-stone massage with rocks sourced from only the most peacefully burbling rivers. Staff might also turn to holistic methods with reiki, a Japanese method that combines traditional massage with energy-balancing techniques.
For Susie Blake, smoothing away blemishes and restoring faces to their youthful heyday is a labor of love. She pampers pores with facials, and waxes away unwanted thickets. A one-woman show, she imbues her spa with an air of privacy by scheduling one-on-one appointments.