The seasoned stylists at Strands Hair Salon offer an array of services to transform rundown rats' nests into stylish strand-domiciles guaranteed to sell above their asking price. If you have unruly tresses in need of taming, snip off the troublemakers with a cut ($13+ for men, $20+ for women) before whipping the remains into shape with a formal style ($20+). If a monotonous mane is to blame, obtain a more chromatic coiffure with highlights ($53+), or opt for a fresh all-over color ($15+ for men; $48+ for women) to imitate your favorite crayon. A textured wave ($53+) can liven up straight strands for springtime, whereas short shocks in search of flowing locks can benefit from extensions, a Strands Hair Salon specialty (starting at $125) generally more effective at adding length than pillowcases stuffed with lawn fertilizer.
Kelli Langford has always been something of an artist; she just traded in the paintbrushes and pigments of her youth for the hairbrushes and hair dyes of a stylist. Working at New Image Salon, she mows her way through as much as eight inches of hair a day, but that's not where she feels her artistry comes into play. She finds her creative peak in styling and coloring clients' hair—a talent that has resulted in vibrant red tones and trendy ombre looks. But whatever the service, some things are always a given: salon-quality products and a strict policy against using cacti for hairbrushes. "I always test my products and get familiar with them before ever using them on a client," Kelli says.
At SkinMD, Dr. Tracie D. Swayden, M.D. and her licensed aestheticians team up to help patients achieve healthy, youthful-looking skin and improve their exteriors with treatments ranging from wrinkle-fighting Botox and Dysport injections to Zerona body-contouring procedures. The clinic’s technicians employ advanced technology, such as a Soprano XL laser for hair removal and sclerosing solutions for treating unsightly leg veins that prevent humans from living among cyborgs and masquerading as one of their own. Patrons plagued by skin discoloration, wrinkles, and blemishes can try Laser360 treatments, photorejuvenation, and Pixel Perfect resurfacing. Besides enhancing appearances with cellulite- and age-fighting procedures, SkinMD can also bronze newly toned bodies with airbrush tans and remove tattoos of Michael Dukakis to make room for an inking of a new presidential candidate.
Knockouts, a guy-centric salon that's been featured on The Today Show, redefines the modern barbershop by rewarding its clients with sleek, quality cuts. The 25- to 30-minute Heavyweight treatment includes a consultation, before-and-after shampoos, cut, rinse, and styling according to personal preferences or a cutout picture of your favorite Sunday comic. Each weary head will be treated to a scalp massage and one nametag identifying it as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford." Knockouts Haircuts for Men's dècor mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—guests look fresher and more refined when they leave. Complimentary beverages greet the mitts of each client, and flat-screen televisions and high-quality service round out a modern take on the classic barbershop experience.
Balch Interventional Pain and Wellness Center splits its services between pain management and aesthetic care. The facility relies on physical, injection, and medication therapies to remedy a number of serious conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome. On the wellness side, cutting-edge technology, such as Cutera laser therapy, zaps away hair and unsightly veins, and a full line of SkinPhD products keeps epidermal surfaces smooth and healthy.
The aestheticians at The Havens Spa trust the body's ability to heal itself—but a helping hand from time to time doesn't hurt. With that in mind, they design their treatments to engender a holistic well-being and to reawaken those natural healing mechanisms. Whether guests stop by for a body wrap or a radio-frequency-based sculpting treatment, they learn about how their physical make up can effect their moods, behaviors, and motivations. Then, once a basic understanding of cause and effect is established, change for betterment can begin.
In The Havens' red-roofed hacienda, an onsite fitness center with personal trainers helps newly purified patrons keep their bodies in top shape. Those looking to banish stress can avail themselves of tension-melting massage, including gentle Swedish and energetic Thai, while those seeking rejuvenation can draw from a list of facials and beauty injections. And to add a touch of natural calm to any treatment, the spa's surrounding 13 acres provides a place where patrons can rest in the shade, soak in some sunshine, and remember their lawn-dart victories of yesteryear.
Bottles of pharmacy-grade Rx Systems serums line the shelves of Youthful Image Clinical Skincare, each within an arm’s reach of owner and lead aesthetician Lisa Key. Though her salon calls to mind the stress-free luxury of a spa, Lisa’s Rx products deliver clinical-strength healing for blemishes ranging from acne to age spots. Seven types of facials headline the menu of treatments, including a facial tailored to men’s stubbly mugs and a teen-specific session that flushes away excess oil and diary pages stashed in pores and long forgotten. Chemical peels and crystal-tipped microdermabrasion wands erase surface imperfections such as scars and sun damage, and waxing treatments keep skin free of hair from head to toe.