Stylist Stevie Burtchell calls on the professional skills she gleaned in cosmetology school to not only beautify her clients, but also teach them to be informed beauty consumers. She specializes in cutting women’s, men’s, and kid’s hair and offers specialized treatments such as color chalk, highlights, and updos.
The skilled stylist at Neat and Natty Nails takes pride in carefully pampering nails since opening in 2002. Colorful polishes, acrylics, and long-lasting Shellac lacquer are skillfully applied, turning talons into miniature works of art.
When Carissa Ballard was a little girl, she revamped her dolls' hairdos and slathered her brothers' faces with her own special concoctions. Her youthful experiments gave way to an interest in alternative health and herbology and eventually led her to become a registered massage therapist with specialties in lymphatic drainage, reiki, and craniosacral therapy. When she isn’t honing her massage talents in educational courses and apprenticeships, Carissa volunteers her skills as a clinical aesthetician to organizations such as Look Good...Feel Better, a nonprofit dedicated to boosting the self-esteem of cancer and burn survivors.
With such a diverse skill set, Carissa needed a place where she could consolidate all of her talents under one roof. Thus, she opened European Day Spa of Fredericksburg in 1998. As its name implies, the spa invokes the most luxurious corners of Europe, from the opulent interiors of Paris to the plush kneading tables of a Roman pizzeria. Its slate of skin-therapy and body treatments includes spa packages with add-ons such as carriage rides and rooftop wine preludes.
Bella Salon's owner, Gayla Penick, leads a staff of master stylists and colorists who shape coifs and imbue locks with color using products such as Awapuhi, Inoa, and Pureology. The salon's wide range of services, including Great Lengths hair extensions, facial waxing, and a suite of mani-pedis, keep patrons looking chic from head to toe more easily than wearing a suit made from back issues of Vogue.