Angie Cummings never thought she'd own a salon. When her husband surprised her by buying one, she worried about expanding her clientele beyond the loyal fans of her at-home nail business. "So I kind of just stumbled into [this business], honestly. But it has been the biggest blessing," she says. "There's never a day, ever, that I wake up and think, 'I don't want to work.'"
The turnaround came when Cummings realized she could "[sit] there talking to people" as she boosted their confidence beautifying their nails. The salon is fresh from recent redecorating, which included painting the walls a soothing neutral color and filling tall vases with even taller reeds. Within the new salon, massaging pedicure chairs cushion clients during luxurious spa services, and oval portrait mirrors capture the flash of stylists' scissors and twinkling eyes as they customize fashionable cuts.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
At Salon Foushee and Spa, the multitalented team pampers and transforms clients from head to toe with hair products by Paul Mitchell and skin products by Dermalogica. Customers consult hair designers for a new look. Within the color bar, stylists create traditional hues or highlights that are as modern as the gray- and silver-themed decor. Black-and-white armless chairs set the stage for spa treatments in a separate area designed for total relaxation. Aestheticians analyze complexions inside each skincare suite, and nail artists soothe hands and feet with fragrant moisturizers and heated neck wraps.
Spend some quality time not talking to your sweetie with the Be My Valentine special, which includes a couple's massage, bottle of wine, and complimentary rose ($199) in Beau Visage's handsome and spacious couple's massage room. Facial fans can try out a Fountain of Youth hydrating facial ($125) or an Under the Sea Facial ($125) with seaweed, cultivated from France's Bethany Coast, that contains 1,000 times more vitamins and minerals than anything grown in soil. Those looking to infiltrate high school to write the exposé that will seal their journalistic futures can peel away layers of dead face skin with a glycolic peel ($50) or a medical-grade peel ($120–$160). If you're more in the mood for a massage, a 90-minute European hot-stone therapy session ($120) will increase your relaxation and improve your blood flow with the penetrating heat of smooth basalt rocks. You can also cocoon yourself with a Slender Quest Body Wrap ($95) and emerge a firm, toned, sexy butterfly. Dudes, meanwhile, can enjoy being King for a Day (one of the Valentine's Day specials) with a gentlemen's facial and a sandalwood aromatherapy massage ($129). Beau Visage also offers airbrush tanning, microdermabrasion, men's body services, photorejuvenation, and more.
solicitous service providers at Dillard’s seek to nurture, renew, and invigorate their clientele with an array of prettifying procedures. A smile and a beverage greet guests as they settle in for one of Dillard’s hair and nail or spa services. Distinguish epidermises from shag carpets with a wax treatment ($18–$72) or reward hardworking lower paws with a Caribbean Therapy foot treatment, where an exfoliating paste combines with a warm seaweed mask to soothe and style piggies before they head to the market to trade pork futures ($60). Explore new ‘dos with a haircut and style ($28+) or emphasize favorite hair strands with a partial highlight treatment ($50+); all hair services begin with a dry-hair consultation and include a shampoo and scalp massage. The pampering camp then concludes with embellishments of complimentary makeup and a sincere promise to become pen pals.
From within Pizazz, Jen Hillbloom uses her talents as a color specialist to transform lackluster hues. She begins by consulting with clients to determine a shade that works best with their skin tone. From there, Jen pulls from Redken and Schwarzkopf products to lavish strands with dynamic color.