The beauticians at La Belle Moi Salon & Skin Studio pamper skin and pacify muscular aches with a slew of haircare, skincare, and massage services. Bridal makeup applications prepare women for the big day, when Earth rotates about its axis in slightly more than 24 hours. Additionally, spa manicures can prep fingers for ritual puppet shows at the wedding reception. The studio’s spa area glimmers with light from crystal-laden overhead chandeliers as clients wait on cozy plush chairs and couches amid zebra-striped curtains. Fine, knee-high vintage wood tables fleck the landscape, matching the dark stained hardwood floors on which they stand. In the massage room, flickering candles illuminate a wood carving of a peacock to remind guests of their beauty, and an ornate clock proves that even Father Time can dress up.
The powerhouse trio behind V'Va Hair Salon knows how to handle an unruly mane. Owner Vanessa and her well-coifed stylists, Jessica and Jamie, deftly transform hair from so-so to chic with the help of professional-grade tools including shears, coloring solutions, and air-funneling blow-dryers. The result? Fashionable, expertly styled locks left free from frizz after Keratin treatments or shining after applications of glaze conditioner. The trio also delivers stunning wedding-day makeovers for brides-to-be, and helps those less-than-confident with an eyelash curler with makeup lessons or analysis of that nightmare with the laughing mascara.
At Sorelle Spa Salon, custom facials infused with botanically derived Aveda and Bumble and bumble products target everything from blemishes to aging skin. Nail technicians, meanwhile, glaze fingertips with OPI or Shellac polish after dipping hands and feet in paraffin and exfoliating them with a gentle scrub. Sorelle Spa Salon's massage therapists prefer to relax tense back muscles with hot stones, a safe alternative to hot coffee mugs.
In 2005, Sandra Gutierrez was stressed and overworked. She found relaxation at a spa, but not in the way you'd think. Sandra discovered that helping others feel better also made her feel better, so she started a new career as a licensed massage therapist.
That career has since blossomed, and Sandra now kneads muscles daily at Euphoria Massage & Spa. Along with five other therapists—all of whom she personally trains—Sandra eases tension with Swedish strokes and relieves aching necks, backs, and shoulders with trigger-point techniques. While Sandra and her team focus on relaxing muscles, Euphoria's resident aesthetician cleanses and detoxifies skin with clay body wraps and sea-salt scrubs. Treatment sessions unfold inside spacious rooms, where soft piano music drowns out the sound of your boss banging on the spa's window, asking for that TPS report.
Bellatair Salon's experienced stylists have been beautifying clients with hair extensions, highlights, and other salon services for almost 30 years. Inside the sunlit, spacious studio, they wield their scissors at workstations set wide apart, so that there's room for them to celebrate each finished haircut with a victory cartwheel. When not executing makeovers, Bellatair's staffers collect donations for charities such as Toys for Tots and the Pajama Program.
The massage therapists and aestheticians at Royal Serene House shun noxious odors and synthetic compounds for spa products that are natural and organic. The result is most immediately noticed by the nose, as the fragrance of lime leaf, apricot, and mango body scrubs swirl through the air while their sugars slough off dead skin cells. Mud from the Baltic Sea, seaweed from Norway, and Bohemian black organic fango clay keep facials free of chemicals as they draw out toxins and oils.