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.
Skin. Hair. Nails. Indulgence Day Spa Salon's staff members confidently address these areas while doing their best to make every treatment a luxuriant experience. Warm, steaming towels and a brief massage turn standard facials into relaxation-inducing sessions. Heated stones add a soothing touch to the spa's pedicures. Results receive just as much focus as relaxation though, which is why the staff uses diamond-tipped microdermabrasion wands to improve the skin's tone and texture by minimizing the appearance of blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles.
During more than two decades in the beauty industry, Charity—the head of Hair 1 and Spa 2—has amassed a wide-ranging arsenal of expertise, excelling in fields as diverse as laser hair removal and manicures. In her capacity as a stylist, her cut and color services revamp coifs, and her facials, peels, and Photo Lite age-spot treatments rejuvenate the faces beneath them. Alternatively, her massages, which include Swedish or deep tissue, dissolve stress and facilitate internal harmony. Clients can pop into her Zen-like salon or schedule an appointment for her to visit their homes or live-in solariums.
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.
In the Buff Day Spa and Salon's licensed beauticians love what they do, whether updating hairstyles or polishing toenails. Driven by the goal to provide top-notch value and service, specialists observe flexible scheduling when booking appointments and industry standards when administering them. Hair experts nourish and color manes with products by brands such as Moroccanoil, Pureology, and Keratage, while aestheticians lavish bodies with award-winning lotions and serums by Jan Marini Skin Care and Hydropeptide. The salon's massage therapists entered the finalist round in timesfreepress.com's best therapeutic massage competition, gaining accolades thanks to deeply relaxing bodywork and the ability to defeat even the most tightly clenched tendon fists.