Apothecaries predate modern chemistry and pharmacology by hundreds of years, tracing their tradition of fashioning medicinal compounds from natural ingredients to Baghdad in the 8th century and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. These skilled practitioners developed proven techniques to heal weary patients with organic balms and soothe hoards of barbarian Gauls with aromatic oils. Located near Lake Ray Hubbard, Affinity Salon & Spa mines these ancient techniques in its own apothecary, custom-making products and reinforcing their mission to guarantee each client "quality services with a personal touch." Winners of a 2010 Talk of the Town award, the staffers dote on every guest with spa and salon services that integrate oils, herbs, and teas to foster a relaxing, organic experience.
While the name may seem a hollow and curiously numerical boast, Beautiful From Head 2 Toe backs it up with a staggering array of salon and spa services. Starting at the noggin, stylists shorten hair that has grown unruly, help curly-haired clients better manage their locks, and imbue tresses with nearly every hue from the crayon box except for “Invisible Sunset.” For clients with corporeal beauty in mind, the beauty emporium serves up a host of different skin services including microdermabrasion treatments and exfoliating back scrubs. Hands and feet get their fair share of pampering during manicures, pedicures, and specialty services such as the rock star toes treatment that keeps nails shimmering for up to six weeks.
Inside Relax Ave Day Spa, eight massage tables and 10 foot-massage chairs welcome guests to put their feet up and relax as licensed massage therapists knead away uncomfortable knots and tension. The spa specializes in four massage modalities, including gentle, calming Swedish massage, as well as deep-tissue massages that utilize firmer kneads to target deep-seated tension. Warmed stones and essential oils can be added to help melt stress or moisturize the skin, and side-by-side tables are available to accommodate friends, couples, or belay climbers.
French countryside décor sheathes the nearly 3,000-square-foot beauty haven where nine spa rooms await clients in need of a facial, a chemical peel, or a medical microdermabrasion session. Out on the salon floor, a chorus of blow driers and shears hums "Flight of the Bumblebee" as friendly stylists color, cut, and straighten hair with Redken, Paul Mitchell, and Pureology products. Clients can also mist their skin with Bronze Biologic's UV-free airbrush-tanning solution, doll up peepers with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions, or extract unwanted strands with body-waxing services, which include Brazilian waxing for both women and men.
Muscles can talk—we just can't hear them. That's why the licensed massage therapist at Happy Blissful Bodies holds a bullhorn up to achy sinews during private one-on-one consultations. After reviewing the aches and injuries that ail you, she designs a personalized bodywork session. Depending on your needs, they may build a massage of light strokes that promote relaxation, or prescribe firmer deep-tissue pressure to access lower-layer muscles.
Within the European-style interior of Essential Bella Inc., the light from a glittering chandelier and candelabra-style sconces illuminates the purple-hued reception area, where guests kick back on ornately upholstered chairs while sipping hot coffee. The softly lit treatment room is just as tranquil and elegant; it includes floral-themed artwork and a bed draped with a plush lavender blanket.
On that comfortable bed, staffers perform facials with products by brands such as Éminence organic skincare and Jan Marini Skin Research. They also facilitate beauty routines with permanent-makeup applications, eyelash perms, and sugaring, a sugar- and lemon-juice-based hair-removal substance that can be applied at a comfortable room temperature to avoid burning the skin, unlike many waxes.
When the body is in pain, it’s difficult to clear the mind of stressful thoughts; but the body can’t fully relax until the mind first achieves inner peace. The therapists at Namaste Healing Arts seek to unravel this conundrum by relieving clients’ pain in a peaceful setting. They do this with an array of treatments, including aromatherapy, which uses scents to quell thoughts about work or overflowing hampers of clothes that now trail you to work. To match inner peace with outer beauty, an on-site shower rinses away any remaining oil, and stylists renovate strands with blowouts.