Inside this relaxing oasis, a team of beauty experts pampers clients from head to toe with invigorating treatments for the skin, body, and hair. Aestheticians tailor facials to counter skin-specific woes, keeping faces smooth with add-ons such as enzyme masks, glycolic peels, or waxing. During massage sessions, therapists soothe muscle aches with Swedish, sports, or four-handed massage therapy, which enlists the help of either two therapists or one well-trained dog. Split ends hit the floor in the salon, where talented stylists turn out freshly cut, colored, and styled coifs. Beyond these three pillars of beauty, Cottage Spa also tends to nails with a coat of vibrant polish or long-lasting gel.
Dr. Margaret Smiechowski designed Serenity Salt with temperatures and humidity levels that mimic those of natural salt caves in the Ukraine, where salt therapy originated. In this cave, though, soothing music fills the air, and the walls, floors, and even the air are awash in pure, pink-hued Himalayan salt rather than Ukrainian sodium chloride. An estimated 12,000 pounds of Himalayan salt encompasses the room, bearing 84 minerals and trace elements. All of them enrich skin and flow through respiratory systems, killing bacteria and fighting ailments that range from allergies or bronchitis to depression.
Licensed massage therapist Lisa Ambuehl believes too many people rely on medication to get rid of pain. With multiple massage modalities at her disposal, she aims to help clients kick pills to the curb by increasing blood circulation and releasing entrenched toxins. Strokes modulate between gentle and flowing to firm, deep-tissue kneading—both of which can help minds forget stress triggers without erasing video game cheat codes.
Merle Norman Day Spa and Boutique's beauty specialists are the three graces of the Merle Norman brand, whose American-made tonics have nourished skin since 1931. Owner Shannon Burroughs Mangrum leads the trio with more than a decade of experience and two diplomas folded into an imposing origami saber. Relying on her clinical aesthetics degree from Jon Nave University, she safely blends rejuvenating chemical compounds into five types of facial peels, and mans mechanical devices that gently exfoliate dead skin or cover it in bronzer. Her degree in permanent cosmetics from the Texas Institute of Permanent Cosmetics focused on the OSHA and CDC safety guidelines for an art that helps those with allergies, loss of motor abilities, or a lack of free time create enduring beauty. Associate Alyssa lends her nimble fingers to more conventional makeovers that will wash off after nights out under a waterfall, as well as treatments that create smooth skin all over the body and relaxed muscles underneath.
At the tender age of 13, Patty Conrad picked up a pair of scissors and began snipping away at unwanted hair until a new 'do was born. That experience blossomed into a passion and career as a master barber/instructor and owner of T'Zers Hair Gallery. She oversees stylists equally adept at regular and razor cuts, highlights, and chemical straightening treatments. The staff also give attention to digits during mani-pedis that end with nails covered in the clients' choice of nail polish hue or emoticon stickers.
As they snip hair into face-flattering cuts and add in custom color, the stylists at Hair Doctor Salon & Spa ply strands with high-quality products, from brands such as Moroccanoil and Bangstyle. The stylists doesn't just nourish and beautify hair, though. They treat the entire physique, with services ranging from massages to wrinkle-smoothing injections of Botox and Juvéderm.