When Martha Millan says, "Beauty shouldn't hurt," she's not peddling a slogan—her first job in the beauty industry literally caused her pain. Working at an upscale salon, her exposure to common hair and makeup products triggered hives and headaches. While searching for more natural goods for personal use, her research revealed unsettling truths about many industry product lines that often use irritating perfumes to mask the underlying odors of harsh chemicals. Feeling that everyone should have the opportunity to look beautiful without fear of harming health, she bought a salon and transformed it into Salon O Day Spa.
Amid Salon O Day's industrial decor, Millan and her team of stylists, aestheticians, and a massage therapist use products so natural that some are even edible, though Millan imagines the taste would leave something to be desired: barbecue sauce. Among the array of certified-organic, not-tested-on-animals, gluten- and chemical-free products, Millan's favorites include Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, developed by an American physician who advocates against overexfoliation. For hair, stylists use products from lines including Surface Hair and Organic Color Systems, and during nail services, technicians use natural products from SpaRitual in tandem with scrubs made in-house from ingredients bought at a local co-op.
In a sense, Esty Skin Studio began when its owner, Jessica Chapman, was 15. At this ripe age, she was given her first spa day as a gift. It enchanted her. After immediately falling in love with the industry, she started on a path that had her working for numerous spas at the age of 16. The aesthetic wunderkind wound her way further down that path by taking countless classes, working with mentors, and training other aestheticians, all of which culminated with her latest endeavor, Esty. Together with a staff of equally skilled beautifiers, Jessica presents indulgent facials, clarifying peels, and full-body waxes that use all-natural Épillyss products. Their experience, the beautiful spa in which they work, and their passion for skincare have garnered the team numerous press accolades and enough post-treatment high-fives to necessitate custom kevlar gloves for the entire staff.
3 Graces Skincare and Spa was named after the Greek goddesses of beauty, charm, and joy. A reproduction of Raphael's The Three Graces adorns the Mediterranean-themed haven, its figures hinting at the smooth skin and divine powers waiting behind the door of each treatment room. Between earth-toned walls, aestheticians conjure radiant skin through clinical skincare services. Lasers remove body hair and spider veins, and pharmaceutical-grade facials reverse signs of aging.
Signature Service: Deep-tissue massage and trigger-point therapy
Products Used: Hypoallergenic and organic products
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Minimum Age Requirement: 18
Pro Tip: Make sure to stay hydrated and try to be in a relaxed state when coming in for a massage.
What are some of your most popular services? What do you think clients love them so much?
Clients love the combination of deep-tissue massage, hot stones, and aromatherapy because it creates a relaxing experience.
What's the most common mistake you see people make? What would you recommend they do instead?
Not drinking enough water before and after a massage. I recommend drinking at least half your bodyweight in ounces everyday.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I have 14 years of experience in massage.
Walking into Garden of Zen Day Spa feels like you’re entering an Asian paradise. You immediately notice bamboo plants, paper lanterns, folding screens and themed artwork, each piece setting the mood for some serious rejuvenation. Indulge in therapies and treatments designed to revitalize your whole body or improve skin damaged by sun, grime or the hand of time. Try the Signature Zen Facial, a combination of massage and masks; or opt for the Belavi Facelift Massage, a safe and effective way to tone aging skin. Nail services, waxing and tinting, microdermabrasion and men’s facials are also offered inside. Looking for a way to surprise your sweetheart? Splurge for a soothing, relaxing couple’s massage, a perfect prelude for romance.
At Consummate Living, novelist, speaker, and hypnotherapist JA Carlton helps clients push the reset button. For most of her life, JA has held occupations built around caring, including as a massage therapist and a chiropractic assistant. That genuine concern has carried over to her position as a hypnotherapist, where she helps others break the shackles of bad habits that have formed over a life's worth of programming. Clients can utilize JA's guidance to overcome a multitude of issues such as phobias and fears. Additionally, they can tap into her talents for dream analysis rather than acting out nightmares in front of their uninterested cats.