Chris Nicholson Salon and Spa combines the latest in hair services and skincare techniques with talented, experienced stylists. Masters of head-garden cultivation provide customers with a comprehensive consultation before waging war on misplaced follicles with a women’s cut ($40–$55), men’s cut ($24–$35), or kid’s cut (12 and under, $20–$30). Clients concerned about cranial coloring can mitigate fears with a one-step color ($50–$75) or a new set of highlights ($75 and up). After a shampoo and blow-dry ($25–$30), customers can wander over to the skin section, where a stylist will perform a skin analysis and offer a treatment recommendation such as a 75-minute signature spa facial ($95) or a 30-minute natural skin peel ($50). All skin treatments include neck, shoulder, face, and hand massages, but for those who require further manipulation, massage therapy is available in 30-minute ($50), 60-minute ($75), and 90-minute ($100) increments.
Over the years, various magazines have come to licensed aesthetician Raechel Cunningham-Lowe for beauty advice. On a daily basis, however, Raechel offers up her skincare expertise at At Pure Skin Spa. Here, she works hands-on to enhance clients' complexions using an in-house line of skincare products designed with naturally derived ingredients. She and her staff administer microdermabrasion treatments, facials, and peels to exfoliate and revitalize skin and hold certifications for lasers that help with hair removal, wrinkle reduction, and hypertrophic scars.
With its plush leather couches and chairs, rich mahogany tables, antique-style lamps, and dark rugs embroidered with leaf patterns, the relaxation room at Invigo Day Spa resembles a cozy den. It’s a place where guests waiting for a massage, facial, or body scrub go to unwind before their treatments and sip a cup of Octavia Tea Company's loose-leaf relaxation teas. Once visitors leave this calming room, they're led into the capable hands of one of the experienced massage therapists and aestheticians for further relaxation.
Using products from the all-natural Pevonia Botanica skincare line, the beauty experts perform 15 facials and peel treatments designed to treat issues ranging from dehydrated skin to clogged pores. They also shroud bodies in wraps infused with water lilies, green tea, mango, and aromatic Moor mud, and massage therapists knead tension from muscles using seven modalities. Each massage includes aromatherapy, hot towels, and at least three compliments about your hair.
"Why organic? Because the skin eats too."
So says Melanie Berry, owner of Utopia Skincare, when explaining why she uses Australian-imported Jurlique and German-imported Primavera organic skincare products. And under her care, the skin dines well, feasting on a menu of facials served with a side of hot towels, steam, and upper-body massages. For each treatment, Melanie and her staff customize a mask that will hydrate the skin, flush out the pores, and sweep away blemishes. On the periphery of the menu, peels, specialty masks, and body treatments promise their own brand of nourishment with equal amounts of Melanie's painstaking care and precision.
Sprouting from a brown-and-white tiled floor, cushy leather chairs bolster patrons as the eponymous beautician and her staff show off their cosmetic skills. Clients relax as the team transforms simple pieces of thread into a precision beauty tool, using the fibers to gently remove excess facial fuzz and lasso runaway eyebrows. The team also kicks lash length and volume up a notch with individual extensions and treats skin to revitalizing facials or intricate henna tattoos.
Faces find relief in the trained aestheticians at Solam Skincare and Bodywax. The pros use a microdermabrasion wand and pumpkin peels to slough away dead skin cells and remove excess oil. Other facials are geared toward combating pesky acne or fine lines. Additionally, the specialists wax away hair on men’s and women’s bodies from large areas, such as the legs or wings, to small patches of fuzz on the nose or ears.