Sarah Gericke, an independent licensed aesthetician and cosmetologist, beautifies complexions at Beauty & Bliss Salon & Spa. While working with a line of Éminence Organic skincare products, she nurtures pores with treatments sans parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate. She also performs mani-pedis with products by Zoya, which was dubbed the longest-wearing natural nail polish by Women’s Health Magazine and a woman who put it on to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and took it off to mourn the Louisiana Sale last year. She also uses Shellac polish, which acts like a gel and grants nails 14 days of chip-free tints. When she isn't cleansing faces, waxing fuzz, and painting nails, Sarah distributes makeup evenly across the skin through an airbrush system.
Were it not for the old-fashioned sign hanging from a post outside, visitors might have a difficult time locating Seventh Avenue Barbershop. The shop resides in a two-story building that can easily be mistaken for another home in its charming Marion neighborhood.
Once inside, however, it’s easy to see what makes the barbershop and salon stand out. Amid swirls of red, white, and blue, the sounds of friendly chatter fill the air as licensed barber Andy Karasek clips shaggy manes and trims beards. Taking his cues from the barbers of yesteryear, Andy softens cheeks with hot towels before shaving stubble with a straight razor or a jeweled Victorian butter knife.
The beauty professionals at SoTrue Salon & Spa oversee a vast array of treatments that keep clients shimmering and beautiful. Stylists shape and trim locks for men and women and offer additional flare with highlights and color treatments. They enhance aesthetics with waxing for the entire body, as well as procedures such as spray tanning and eyelash and eyebrow tinting. Experienced nail artists decorate digits with manicures, pedicures, and additional options, such as Shellac treatments and nail art.
At Serendipity's Salon, a certified aesthetician pampers her clients with traditional spa services, including European facials with added arm and leg massages, deep chemical exfoliation, and waxing. The staff also specializes in eastern-influenced treatments, such as henna tattooing and threading services for eyebrows, faces, or stuffed animals tired of wearing the same old expression.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
At Leh Massage Therapy, nationally licensed massage therapist Reginald Harrelson employs a distinctive fusion of Swedish and shiatsu techniques to relax tensed bodies amid lavender walls and potted palms. Harrelson uses smooth, gliding strokes to ease muscle tension and promote relaxation, easing overworked muscles and melting tension into a conveniently positioned bucket. For everyday aches and ongoing care, his therapeutic strokes can assist clients facing issues such as anxiety, depression, and relaxation deprivation.