CJ Austin snips elegant coifs for women and classic cuts for gents beneath the soft glow of her studio’s chandelier. She also readies tresses for the world by twisting and twirling ornate designs into updos for special occasions. To keep heads of hair healthy and nourished, she imbues them with Rusk products and adds hues and highlights with Rusk colors.
At Massage by David, licensed massage therapist David Martin eases stress with a combination of massage styles. Swedish, deep-tissue, myofascial-release, and manual lymph-drainage massages are customized for each client. He's had plenty of practice at this process, as more than 6,000 hours of experience inform each of his carefully tailored massages.
The Esthetic Engineer owner Tiffany Schoefield understands the stressors of the 9-to-5 world. After she ran a ghostwriting business and managed political campaigns, her career took an about-face when she realized she was more interested in slowing down to appreciate life than in speeding it up. It was then that Tiffany turned to what has become her true calling—skincare—and she now devotes herself to helping her clients find their own quiet reprieves from daily life in her inviting spa.
For more than 15 years, Tiffany has trained in some of the skincare industry’s most trusted brands, including Aveda and SkinCeuticals. The spa’s licensed aestheticians help clients improve their skin’s appearance with treatments that include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials with a variety of trusted skincare brands, including Éminence Organic Skin Care and Glo Therapeutics. Among the center’s many specialties are body waxing and makeovers, during which artists apply lash extensions, tint brows, or apply full makeup. Tiffany’s philosophy that her spa is an oasis for self-care and rejuvenation stands at the forefront throughout all of her services, and her staff emphasizes making clients happy with personalized attention and treatments.
Synergy Salon owner Quy has an artist's eye when it comes to hair—and a nine-step process to guide her palette. Like a sculptor teasing a form from clay or stone, she uses her tools to reveal flattering styles for locks of any texture, and she follows Synergy's nine detailed steps to achieve rich, shimmering color. As the shop’s master hair designer and color specialist, she leads an accomplished team of stylists, including Aveda Institute graduates. Together, they create classic and dramatic looks using Redken and organic Eufora color or calm frizzy locks with Brazilian keratin treatments. Their lengthy menu of services also includes facial waxing, eyebrow threading, and eyelash extensions.
A member of Redken's Club Fifth Avenue partner program, Fusions Salon & Studio's staff members specialize in revitalizing hair and skin for ladies, gentlemen, and teens. Though they?re equally talented at rejuvenating skin, waxing away unwanted hair, and applying makeup, their ultimate passion lies in the styling and coloring of hair. Stylists seat their guests in black-leather furnishings and gaze into antique mirrors as they develop personalized color schemes to accentuate each client?s complexion, eye color, and ball and chain.
Though just a short trip from Charlotte’s bustling downtown, La Bella Vita Day Spa seems a world apart. Located amid the rolling woodlands and quaint brick buildings of Matthews, the spa reflects its immediate surroundings with serene private treatment rooms that host facials, massages, body polishes, and similarly indulgent spa services.
Wrought iron accents adorn the spa’s walls, which glow in the same golden color as the blankets spread across each massage bed. Standing beside one of these beds, massage therapists soothe anxieties and stimulate circulation with full-body Swedish techniques, neuromuscular strokes that target areas of chronic pain, and sports massages that repair muscles strained while throwing down dunks or crouching in timeout huddles. Next door, aestheticians rejuvenate skin with waxing treatments and facials that employ organic Éminence skincare products to erase blemishes. In contrast to the tranquil atmosphere of the private treatment rooms, nail technician Christie Carpenter’s manicure and pedicure stations buzz with lively chatter as she dips hands and feet in baths of moisturizing paraffin and brushes nails with vibrant polish.