Neighboring the Fort Collins Country Club's 7,150-yard golf course with its lofty trees and meticulously manicured greens, the Country Club Day Spa ushers guests toward a state of tranquility. Inside the clubhouse's lower level, staffers polish nails, gussy up hair, and unclog dirt and burrowing gophers from pores. A resident massage therapist draws from numerous modalities, including energy-work techniques and traditional Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, to give aches and stress the boot. Equipped with Schwarzkopf and sulfate-free Pureology products, an Aveda-trained stylist colors, conditions, and cuts manes, working alongside an aesthetician who cleanses faces and waxes away unwanted fuzz.
Nestled in a renovated historic building in Old Town Fort Collins, The Sanctuary's private treatment rooms act as oases from the hustle of modern life. Seasoned aestheticians administer skin care services such as facials, peels, and microdermabrasion. The Sanctuary champions the local economy, purveying products from its own backyard; Sanítas and Vital Therapy are both all-natural Colorado-based product lines.
The experienced stylists at Topix Hair Studio transform unkempt coiffures into stylish works of hair art with personalized cuts and highlights. Each cut begins with a consultation to determine which ‘dos best align with clients’ features, morning routines, and views on the county commissioner’s hairstyle. Sudsy shampoos reveal squeaky-clean strands for artful cuts and decadent scalp massages before a blow-dry and styling render manes smooth and fashionable. With today’s second option, clients can enliven homely follicles with partial or full highlights, which add multidimensional color and extra shine to alluring new head nests.
Inside a small brick building adorned with a chimney and green trim, Dave and Carol McEndaffer work amid lilac walls and potted plants. It’s a lovely setting for a couple in the business of beautifying people, which they have extensive experience in. The duo has owned salons throughout the past 37 years and added Laurels Salon of Distinction to their stable more than a decade ago. They've studied with seasoned stylists; while Dave focuses on hair, Carol pours her efforts into skin care, wellness, and restoration treatments for baldness and thinning hair.
In addition to cuts and ammonia-free color, they cosset their clientele with massages, spray tanning, and waxing. The salon is stationed across the street from Colorado State University, so it’s a convenient spot to de-stress after an exam or to cover your eyes with cucumbers before a scary PowerPoint presentation.
As playfully stated on their web site, His & Her Salon has been "saving mullets and $12 haircuts alike since 2009." This emphasis on turning style catastrophes into stylish makeovers comes from the Paul Mitchell Focus salon's owner, Andrea Andrews. She makes sure each of her stylists stays on top of trends and emergency bangs resuscitation techniques through ongoing education. Ultimately, though, the staff cares most about helping clients showcase their individuality with every cut and style. Paul Mitchell products help.
East meets west during every one of Jessika Mankin’s custom table massages. The licensed massage therapist targets physical stress and energy imbalances with custom massages that incorporates circulatory massage, deep-tissue therapy, stretching, and Asian bodywork to help bring mind and body back into alignment. Once clients are situated on Jessika’s heated massage table, they'll relax under the organic, locally made massage creams and soothing pressure, which Jessika tailors to accommodate each client’s personal needs. And, if desired, she can also augment each treatment with nutritional advice, stretching techniques, and pain management tips.