Defy Hair and Esthetics Salon’s co-owners Crystal and Lindsay are masters of hair colour, highlights, colour correction, cuts, foils, and gel nails. But you'll find even more services amid their salon’s buttery-yellow walls. Aided by a supporting staff of stylists and aestheticians, they also perform a full slate of waxing services as well as massages, ear piercings, tanning treatments, and tinsel extensions, which highlight hair with the glittery strands of freshly harvested rainbows.
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Patients slip into fleece robes before beginning treatment with Bryana Mann, a laser technician who has undergone extensive training with Cutera equipment. Bryana employs Cutera's technology to diminish skin issues such as acne, wrinkles, and damage from blinking messages to the sun in Morse code. The spa's signature 3D Facelift combines laser rejuvenation with radiofrequency technology, changing the way skin looks and acts. Treatments such as surface-smoothing microdermabrasion or Accent skin-tightening sessions keep faces and bodies looking youthful.
Tall windows flood the lobby with natural light, illuminating leather couches and shelves lined with Viviere Skin Care products. A textured stone wall stands behind the front desk, and a wall fountain fills the air with a peaceful babbling.
Practice makes perfect at Loyal Hair Therapy. Before snipping a single strand of hair, each new stylist goes through the salon's 50-week advanced education program. The program includes hands-on instruction with a senior stylist, written examinations, and final tests in all areas of professional hairdressing. Stylists continue to further their skills after completing the program by attending classes, seminars, and advanced academies. Beyond their training, they also pay close attention to fashion trends, from emerging celebrity hairstyles to the number of hairs needed to pull off a perfect ponytail.
Though aloe is generally considered a necessity for already-tanned bodies, Body Mist Tanning introduces a new twist on the adage, offering spray tans that bronze bodies with aloe-based formulas. Yes, the salon’s two Mystic spray-tanning booths mist bodies with this naturally based substance, which takes minutes to apply and, much like the morning sun, reaches its darkest point in about 12 hours. The tanning spa also pairs its traditional bronzing services with a slew of cosmetic and relaxation-oriented services such as massages and teeth-whitening treatments.
Women and men sink into a serene trance at Nicole's Esthetics Day Spa, where aestheticians revitalize bodies with manicures, facials, massages, and nail treatments. The spa's relaxation massages seek to alleviate muscular tension and improve blood flow. Facials smooth skin with low-level LED light treatments, and three types of eyelash-extension options frame peepers with up to 60 lashes per eye for a look that's similar to wearing three coats of mascara or attaching a fairy's feather duster to each lash.
E.volve Health and Wellness's multidisciplinary health centre treats clients' health issues and doles out wellness education in a tranquil, plant-filled space. Pilates classes embolden bodies in one-hour sessions through resistance building that emphasizes endurance and repetition without the need to heft iron weights or wrought-iron fences from their roots. Garner personally tailored instruction in individual sessions, or accumulate communal sweat over a five-class series schooling a full spectrum of experience levels. Exercisers improve body-mind relations, raise heart rates, and unwind pretzel limbs on floor mats—focusing on breath, core muscle tension, contractions, and rock-solid movements. Each session employs the spring-controlled carriages of Reformer machines, which summon muscles to match witty retorts against coiled steel opponents with the aid of a foot bar and hand straps. Flow through movements and changeable spring-resistance settings while lying down, sitting, kneeling, standing, and slow-motion shimmying. Instructors inform students which colour-coded spring settings are needed for each movement sequence.