Éminence organic skin serums and aromatic massage oils hydrate skin as massage therapists work out knots at Stellar Spa Services, where the healing properties of pampering are celebrated. Heated massage tables warm musculature during the Swedish massage, as hands trace spice-trade routes across spines. Kneading and taps punctuate flowing strokes, loosening tight muscles and kick-starting circulation. Alternatively, aestheticians can revamp visages with an express skin therapy facial, which cleanses and hydrates skin while loosening the muscles in the face and neck. The calm skin facial dulls the consequences of kissing pet crabs with chamomile and arnica. Dreamy music and flickering candles induce serenity as patrons sip elixirs from the complimentary tea bar.
Amid powder-blue walls, skilled nail technicians indulge attention-starved talons with a 90-minute Ultimate spa mani-pedi. As hot steam towels swaddle weary gams, hands and feet lazily marinate in a bubbling aromatherapy soak. The invigorating fervor of a foot scrub helps feet to shed dead cells and outgrown python skins, and warming lotions and oils soften cuticles in preparation for claw renovation. After Nelci’s skilled digits file down fingernails and toe tips, she coats keratin in a colored polish of the patron’s choice. The pamper-a-thon also includes a massage of the hands, feet, and legs to encourage tense tensomes to relax and calf muscles to melt like the hearts of sentimental wax statues.
What does it take to earn the title of AVEDA Lifestyle Salon Spa? A long list of criteria must be met, but many of the factors come down to one thing: education. For the team at Von Kekel, that means training with Global Masters at Aveda Institutes in London, New York, Minneapolis, and other cities across the world. At these institutes, the staff learns how to get the most out of Aveda's proprietary line of eco-friendly products, which derive 97% of their ingredients from plants.
All of that preparation occurs long before a client ever steps into one of Von Kekel's three locations. Here, the staffers administer salon and spa treatments with the essential oils and natural herbal ingredients of Aveda products. Whether for a haircut with highlights or a cleansing facial with a massage, each visit starts with a complimentary beverage and a consultation. The latter ensures clients get the most out of their chosen treatments, while the former helps meet the daily requirement for liquid-based relaxation.
Lasers are widely known for their ability to eliminate unwanted hair, but they also have a lesser-known ability: promoting hair’s growth. By boosting blood flow and tissue repair, lasers gently revive dormant follicles. Low-level laser therapy is just one of the treatments offered at Cirrus Hair Centers, though it’s hard to say which is the most sophisticated. Consider that their hair transplants use customized chisel blades, matching the size of the client’s follicular units so that new locks blend in seamlessly. Each treatment is performed by a licensed cosmetologist, who is also a certified hair-replacement technician, a dual title that can only be earned by helping a foppish judge pick a new powdered wig.
The seasoned staffers at Modern Enhancement Salon Day Spa pamper spa-goers with a range of hair, nail, and skin treatments, including lash and hair extensions, inspired by tropical destinations. A lounge with trickling fountains and soft-shoeing marmosets sets a relaxing tone throughout the salon, and a soundtrack of soothing tunes calms nerves still jangling after sharing a bus seat with a jazz-metal trio. With distractions kept at a minimum and cell phones set on silent, the spa ensures that visits remain serene and free of interruption.
With over 15 years of experience and time spent styling models for Maxim, Playboy, and MTV in Wilmington, Bryce Anderson opened his own salon in Raleigh to provide cutting edge looks in his hometown with high-end salon products. Able to fashion custom cuts for men, women, and style-conscious scarecrows, Bryce uses current trends to create natural looks that accentuate each client’s face. On top of cuts, Bryce is also proficient at providing eye-popping new hues with the help of Goldwell hair color products.