When Elle ? A Clinical Day Spa first opened in 1997, its therapists specialized exclusively in massage. But soon, they saw that what the average guest needed most was not a standalone massage appointment, but an immersive, multifaceted experience that could undo the stress that bombards them on a daily basis. Owners Leigh Shaw and Polly Tabares, who have experience in the spa industry and the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, rethought their approach and expanded their services into both traditional spa therapies and med-spa treatments.
Today, Leigh and Polly oversee everything from body wraps and facials to Botox injections and prescription skincare. They also maintain a stash of products for at-home care, stocking lines such as Dermalogica and bareMinerals by Bare Escentuals. For frequent guests, they coordinate VIP memberships that offer perks such as service discounts and massages that harness the rejuvenating power of phoenix tears.
After gaining beautifying experience in a medical spa and alongside a facial plastic surgeon, licensed aesthetician Brittany Herman opened the doors to her own skincare studio, Skin Deep Esthetics. Amid a private treatment room, Brittany cleans up unwanted hairs scattered along the body, including the brows, legs, and bikini, with custom waxing sessions. Brow and lash tintings darken and define strands with a safe Austrian vegetable dye, and facials for any age and gender aim to rejuvenate visages with Dermaquest Skin Therapy products. Brittany's aptitude for beautifying skin is counterbalanced by her keen eye for aesthetics, which she shows off while applying Youngblood mineral cosmetics onto brides-to-be, flower girls, and newlywed mannequins.
Going beyond the pure pursuit of relaxation, the practitioners at Monroe Therapeutic Massage P.S. work closely with doctors, chiropractors, and hospitals to help ensure a more well-rounded result. To accommodate a variety of clients, the staff has outfitted each massage room with cushy tables perched hydraulic lifts. The highly accessible tables make it easy for patients in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to enjoy a seamless transition from the outside world to the indoor relaxation station. For additional comfort, the beds also feature heaters that allow patients to fully unwind and soften any butter packets that may have been pocketed during last night’s dinner date.
Newly renovated in 2011, Mynt Salon's contemporary confines mirror the contemporary looks they bestow upon their clients. The experienced staff, led by owner My-Hanh, consult with their guests as they discuss their different treatment options. The staff includes experts in various color techniques, such as root retouches, full foils, and having clients bob for apples in a tie-dye whirlpool. By staying up-to-date on the latest trends, stylists are able to add services such as feather extensions to their already lengthy repertoire of salon treatments—haircuts, for example, are available for everyone from kids to seniors.
As a former model, The New Look For You founder Mimi Lee-Grier knows beauty isn’t as easy as magazines make it look. But she also knows the behind-the-scenes tricks that make it seem so effortless. Permanent cosmetics, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow tinting are three low-maintenance methods she uses to make eyes bigger, lips fuller, and lashes more seductive—effects that won’t smear or fade while swimming, crying, or both. She also reconditions skin with facials, uses her oil-painter’s hand to apply traditional makeup, and swaddles guests in the deep heat of infrared body wraps.
Humanity’s chic, friendly crew of stylists and aestheticians begin each treatment with a personalized consultation to determine the exact look you’re going for, as well as how to keep you comfy throughout. Most services are executed with the assistance of earth-friendly and aromatic Aveda’s earth-friendly, aromatic line of products, so you won’t spot any adorable baby penguins being used as aerosol cans. To tame tangled tresses, opt for a cut and color ($94 and up), or ease both stress-induced acne and acne-induced stress with a 60-minute outer peace facial ($70). A full range of nail ($5 and up), massage ($30 and up), and waxing services ($12 and up) are also available for your pampering pleasure. Expect to leave Humanity Salons fully satisfied and glowing like freshly spewed lava. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.