The skilled stylists at Blue Dot Salon snip, straighten, and color mops using the professional touch of Keratin, MoroccanOil and Kevin Murphy products. Guests can admire the salon’s rotating series of paintings from local artists as they discuss preferences for their ‘do with the stylist. Locks thirsting for a pigment boost can indulge in illuminating highlights or absorb a full noggin’s worth of single-process color. Next, a mane maven fashions newly lustrous cranial gardens with a chic coiffure, such as lengthy layers for seductive hair flips or a sky-high mohawk to repel low-flying blimps. Additionally, clients can evict unwanted fuzz with a skin-smoothing brow or upper-lip wax.
Liz Black was in school with the goal of becoming a dermatologist when she realized that she needed to visit one for her own skin problems. But after a couple visits, she saw that it wasn't helping—so she also checked out an aesthetician. "She spent way more time with me than the dermatologist," Liz says of the positive outcome. Inspired by her experience, Liz changed courses and became an aesthetician, a role that she says enables her to spend more time with each client. She makes it a point to check in on clients, especially during the first 30–90 days of new treatments as skin first reacts to the changes. "People can get really impatient and stop doing whatever it is they need to be doing during that time," she says. "I really try to stick close to their side and walk them through it."
Most of Liz's clients come to her looking for anti-aging and acne-care solutions. She starts with a consultation to determine their goals, map out the best treatment plan, and count that they have the right number of noses. Her treatments range from ultrasonic resurfacing and European facials to body waxing and makeup application. Her arsenal of Image Skincare products helps skin find "a balance between clinical and organic" benefits. She carries that balance into her treatment room, where professional equipment resides alongside homey touches, including a plush sofa and candles. And because Liz runs her business solo, she says her clients often feel less intimidated than they would walking into a doctor's office or big spa. She also embraces earth-friendly methods. "I'm a green spa," she says. "I try to minimize my usage of electricity, recycle, and conserve water."
The Tan Company is celebrating its 18th year in business, and its owners know the secret formula to their success: high-quality, consistent services throughout their numerous salons. The tanning facility stocks its private tanning rooms with name-brand UV equipment from Sundash, with its tanning rays enhanced by the salon’s selection of Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin accelerating lotions. On the UV-free end of services, the salon also stocks automated Mystic Tan tanning booths and custom Sun FX airbrushing treatments, each of which coat skin in a flawless sheen that lasts up to seven days or until you get hugged by a loofah store’s mascot.
Though they specialize in diverse fields—Rolfing, massage therapy, and acupuncture, to name a few—the team members at Kinetikos Bodywork Therapy work together to balance the body’s internal systems and eliminate roadblocks on the pathway to physical and mental well being. The center’s certified Rolfers work to improve skeletal alignment through holistic fascial-manipulation techniques that approach the body as an integrated structure. In the same spirit, craniosacral therapists work with the bones of the skull to manipulate the central nervous system, and acupuncturists tap into the body’s regenerative abilities with strategically placed needles. Not to be outdone, the center’s massage experts also draw in clients thanks to their diversified skills, which encompass deep-tissue pressure and sports techniques designed to assuage muscles injured while sprinting across fields or walking through batting cages.
Amy Chapman is a licensed massage therapist who focuses on clients' physical and emotional well-being. She facilitates feelings of relaxation with treatments such as Swedish massages, which entail long, gentle strokes that simultaneously relax the mind and the muscles.
Greenroom Salon's knowledgeable stylists mix charisma and technique to handle a variety of tress-tending needs, employing top-flight products from brands such as Moroccanoil and Kevin.Murphy. During the 60-minute keratin express blow out, excessively coarse and curly hair gets a blast of antifrizz protein that leaves locks smooth and shiny. For an alternative head-edit, get an expert coif cropping followed by your choice of a highlighting session (2.5 hours total) or a total head-hueing color treatment (two hours total) to complete a disguise for hiding from out-of-town relatives.