Licensed cosmetologist Valerie Giacobbe cuts, colors, and sculpts the hair of male and female clients. Full and partial sets of foil highlights add an appearance of depth to locks, and feather extensions let one look more natural when perched on a telephone wire. She also offers complimentary bang trims, her shears thrumming softly through splits ends and unwanted curls. The rasp of emery boards and the soothed sighs that follow paraffin dips drift from her workstation, and she perks up facades with makeup and arches brows with facial-waxing services.
Aqua De Vida Med Spa specializes in facial peels. Each of the spa's six peels resurfaces skin, though different fruit enzymes and acids yield different results: salicylic acid diminishes oiliness to tone acne-prone skin, and lactic acid loosens dead cells and milk moustaches to exfoliate sensitive skin. Enhancing the results of peels, LED-light therapy, vitamin-rich oxygen infusions, and dermal injections promote a radiant, wrinkle-free complexion.
Students at the Cortiva Institute schools gain a respectful appreciation for the healing potential of massage therapy, which they then pass along to clients in the form of relaxing, massage-shaped memos. Beginning with an initial consultation consisting of a brief interview and verb-conjugation quiz, Cortiva students gain full understanding of the client’s trouble spots and cantankerous knots. Once pinpointed, tense tissues achieve relief with the artful flow of gliding strokes and gentle kneading, resolving aches and Rubik’s cube tattoos to restore a general sense of well being. Clinical and myofascial techniques deepen multilayered sessions by improving postural balance and soft-tissue function to enhance circulation and plate-spinning performances. A supervising faculty member stops by for a few minutes during the treatment to assist student therapists and choreograph stress-relief dances, and post-massage, clients fill out a short form to provide feedback for aspiring muscle-menders.
Hair Clippers Salon’s stylist Jason boasts more than 15 years of experience along with a team of other experienced stylists. At this Redken- and Pureology-certified salon, they put that experience to good use with haircuts and coloring for men and women, as well as perms, updos, and keratin treatments. Other services include manicures and pedicures and facial waxing.
Clients walk into Mary Hanna’s Hair Design with one common goal in mind: to improve the state of their hair. And the stylists easily succeed with a host of tools that includes scissors, hair dye, relaxer, and deep-conditioning formulas. They also tackle the little unwanted hairs that cover patrons’ legs and face with bowls of warm wax and a piece of thread or minty dental floss.
Brow threading may be the raison d'être of the aestheticians at Eyebrow Expressions, but the team also ably branches out to de-fuzzing other parts of the body, including services for legs, face, and intimate areas. Inside the salon, which is located within Meijer, the aestheticians can also remove hair with threading, an ancient Indian technique that uses a long, wound cotton thread to zip hair away in precise lines without irritating the skin. Because the process is so gentle, the team can thread lips, chins, necks, and delicate vestigial wings.
Despite a long list of beautifying hair services and soothing massages, the most important sense at C'zar Salon-Spa is not sight or touch, but smell. Stemming from natural Aveda products, aromas drift throughout the space, tinting the air with rosemary, peppermint, and lavender scents that evoke pastoral scenes pulled straight out of the organic farms on which many of their ingredients grew. The Stress-Fix line of lotions—whose fragrances help to reduce anxiety—cloaks hands and feet in sage during specialty mani-pedis, and customized blends of essential oils augment Elemental Nature massages and facials.
Plants play a role in even the most detailed procedures at C'zar Salon-Spa. Flowers contribute extracts to the salon's cosmetics, and Nufree hair-removal formulas provide a botanical alternative to wax that's more gentle than tweezing with a venus flytrap. Although they don't incorporate leafy greens, wellness treatments such as acupuncture and cupping strive to round out makeovers by goading the body’s healing processes. For special events, the staff can accommodate groups inside the calming venue or transport their perfumed practices to a specified location.