At Lighten Up Salon & Spa, a black-and-white checkered ceiling looks down on hardwood floors as aestheticians bustle away at pampering, styling, and bronzing their guests. As clients relax in cherry-red swiveling chairs, stylists shape brows, root out unwanted hair with wax treatments, and transform coifs with perms, haircuts, highlights and lowlights, and color treatments. Forsaking its name, Lighten Up turns down customers’ white balance with tailored airbrush-tanning treatments that imbue skin with a beach-ready bronze without clients having to bake under the sun or marinate in a bathtub filled with third-place trophies.
The weight-loss experts at Venus Med Spa dedicate themselves to supplementing body-slimming efforts with personal coaching and noninvasive treatments. Staff members operate under the no-frills philosophy that dieters and exercisers can maintain their weight with a healthy lifestyle and sensible eating. But they also recognize that sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be harder than landing a helicopter on a doghouse roof, so the team works one-on-one with clients to educate them on such weight-loss methods as HCG diets, laser-assisted liposuction procedures, and body sculpting with Venus Freeze radio-frequency treatments. To supplement new shapes, Venus Med Spa smoothes wrinkles and plumps up skin with Botox and Juvéderm injections.
At Hair 1 and Spa 2, Charity (DeSear) Zeigler draws upon two decades of experience in the beauty industry, transforming men's and women's looks with an array of relaxing treatments. In the salon area, skilled hands craft haircuts, highlights, lowlights, and corrective colors. Fingers and toes relax during spa mani-pedis featuring heat therapy and soothing scrubs. Staff banishes body fuzz with traditional waxing services, as well as laser hair-removal and electrolysis treatments that can prepare legs for the beach or enhance an arm wrestler's aerodynamic advantage.
As its name implies, My Massage Inc. focuses on customizing massages to treat the individual, with a staff of therapists well trained in a range of modalities. Therapists may utilize the broad, relaxing strokes of Swedish massage to relax musculature, or deep-tissue and trigger-point methods to target kinked up muscles. Sports massages and orthopedic therapy also help therapists lessen client discomfort—specifically injuries sustained while playing sports or chasing away kids who are treating decorative lawn flamingos like an ad-hoc hurdling course. Alternatively, during cupping-therapy sessions, therapists utilize gentle suction to facilitate lymphatic drainage and detoxification.
For 23 years, registered nurse Elizabeth Ketah assisted with surgeries—an occupation that requires both patience and great attention to detail. Now that she is certified by Lavish Lashes and trained in advanced skin care, she employs her meticulous nature as she carefully and safely applies lashes and crafts custom skin-care treatments. She also tints lashes and brows, and shapes brows to resemble delicate arches or sturdy flying buttresses.
Focus 4 Massage’s clinical and therapeutic massage treatments are backed by the strong hands of Scott Ingell, a licensed massage therapist who’s been practicing the fine art of healing for nearly 17 years. Scott has continued his education over the course of his career, accumulating certification as a chiropractic assistant and earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Covenant College. During each custom-tailored, 60-minute relaxation massage Scott uses long, flowing strokes to knead away knots and release any stress or tension from muscles. The relaxation massage can bestow a bevy of benefits, including reduced pain and stiffness, increased circulation, and a decreased desire to nap inside the washing machine.