Located in a renovated 19th-century home, Brennan Massage and Spa swathes visitors in quaint atmosphere. Rocking chairs and potted flowers cover the front porch, and inside, original woodwork and contemporary furniture furnishes sunlit rooms. The staff offers guests complimentary cups of organic tea and free baths in piles of woodchips before pampering them with organic, paraben-free facials, relaxing massages, or all-encompassing spa packages. The spa also features a variety of organic, handmade products purchased from small businesses, including scented lotions, shea butters, and skincare lines.
When you pass through the doors of Primal Oceans Salt Cave, its feels like you've been transported to another world. A cavern made out of pink Himalayan sea salt surrounds you, and soft salt sands shift under your toes. Stalactites and stalagmites reach into the center of the cave, and a sea of stars swims overhead. You sink into an antigravity chair for your 45-minute session, and the scent of pure Himalayan sea salt opens your lungs and allows you to breathe more deeply and relax in the meditative atmosphere. After departing the salt cave, you can recharge your body with spa services that include an ionic detox footbath, an aqua massage where you stay fully clothed and dry, and Aquascape, a water bed that mimics the feeling of floating in the ocean.
Trained hands are pretty good at soothing overworked muscles, but at Dolce Vita Day Spa, they have some extra help. During Vichy hydrotherapy treatments, high-pressure streams of water invigorate the entire body as guests relax on a table, a more comfortable alternative to napping at a picnic on a cloudy day. It's typically the finishing touch on spa days that might include more-traditional massages, facials with Arbonne products, and special treatments for the hands and feet. Plant-inspired art, an indoor "garden" area, and an easy-to-reach location in downtown LaGrange make a trip to Dolce Vita relaxing from arrival on.
It?s not the lime-green walls, polished hardwood floors, and sleek black furnishings that steal the spotlight at Michael D Anthony's Salon?it?s the clients who walk out with fully transformed looks. Stylists use Redken products to add subtle highlights or dramatic colors, and manicurists meticulously trim, hacksaw, shape, and polish nails. Clients can add perfect eyebrow arches to their impromptu makeovers with a quick wax.
For Antonette Johnson, beauty runs in the family. Her earliest training came from her mother, a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner. Now a licensed aesthetician herself, Johnson glitzes up clients at Face2Face Spa Studio. She specializes in makeup, laser hair removal, and skincare—revitalizing skin with facials and glycolic peels and creating luscious looks with eyelash extensions.
Under the skillful eyes of instructors, the students at America's Career Institute Inc. hone their beauty skills on the heads and nails of the public. After adequate classroom practice, they turn scissors and bowls of freshly mixed hair dye onto real manes and twirl strands into chic updos. They also blanket keratin sheets in colorful polish or fake nails.