Aesthetician Lolita at Pure Massage and Bodyworks refreshes clients' faces with a variety of cleansing facials. Her custom facials remove dirt and debris from the skin and soothe tension customers have stored up from a long day of staring at their toes. The relaxation doesn't have to stop with the face, either. Therapists can unknot hard-working back muscles as guests lounge in cushiony black leather pedicure thrones; nail technicians can polish and pamper feet. A plethora of beauty treatments, from spa facials to Botox injections to organic spray tans, also keeps faces and figures firm, fresh, and youthful. Before indulging in these services, guests can bask in the comfort of the chandelier-lit lobby, sipping complimentary water.
Massage therapist Craig Genereux has a diploma in relaxation: he received his training at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic. Now, he wields trained hands at a number of Minneapolis-based clinics, including Hermen Health. Shiatsu and hot-stone massages are among his services, as well as soothing hammam and japanese foot treatments.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Select salons offer Shellac polish, which can last?chip-free?for weeks. Read on for our look at this resilient manicure style.
After five years of testing and development, CND unveiled its secret weapon. It was virtually impenetrable?a veritable suit of armor. And it was just waiting to fall into the right hands. Dubbed Shellac, CND's new nail polish could last 14 days?336 hours?without a chip or smudge. The formula itself was a hybrid of regular and gel nail polish, combining the thick, durable layers of gel with the easy, brush-on application of ordinary lacquer. Between each of four coats, a special, low-watt UV lamp cured the Shellac, hardening it and leaving it dry within seconds. After a single appointment, customers could leave the salon with a gleaming manicure that could last for weeks.
Available in more than 45 shades, Shellac polish is no longer new technology, but only trained technicians in a certified salon are eligible to apply it. The UV curing process?safe for the skin?is so effective that Shellac polish must be removed at the salon using strong acetone, most often by slipping a special soaking pad over each finger for a few minutes. Although the polish may not last on dry or flaky nails, healthy fingers generally retain their shine, only losing their color as the roots of new nails start to grow in from the cuticle.
Brian Graham Salon calls itself a "sanctuary of beauty" where head shrubbery is sculpted by the most seasoned shears. Its staff of hair consultants work collectively with each guest to create extraordinary looks while providing as much personal attention and affection as a tree frog's toes give a slippery leaf. Rein in sprawling tresses with a haircut ($30 and up), or achieve a vibrant new look with a shampoo/style ($40 and up) and a glittering space suit from 1964. Other available services include waxing, updos, tints, partial and full foils, and specialty colors.
The aestheticians and massage therapists at Perfect Getaway Day Spa pamper clients with a lavish spread of manicures and pedicures, custom-tailored facials, and a dozen different massage styles. Swedish and deep-tissue treatments root out aches with gentle, flowing kneads or targeted pressure, and reflexology massage relieves tension throughout the body by manipulating pressure points in the hands and feet. Soothing soaks and massages soften hands and feet during signature mani-pedis, and facials refresh complexions with personalized blends of products designed for any skin type, whether dry, oily, or locked in an iron mask. The spa's party packages can also transform birthday or bachelorette gatherings into full-on makeovers with combinations of massages, facials, and mani-pedis.