Creativity reins supreme at Shoop's Salon. Owner Jason Shoop likens his process to awakening his clients' hair, a goal that demands equal parts vision and artistry. Of course, his technique is just as important?Jason is a Redken-trained stylist?and he and his team applies their expertise to making all their clients look great. No matter who your stylist is, Shoop's offers cuts and creative styling, plus treatments such as pH-balancing shines and hair cleansing. They also take coloring very seriously, with highlights and multi-dimensional coloring using Redken products. The focus on creativity here also inspires their Shades EQ treatment, a low-maintenance option that gives clients the opportunity to change their hair color to go with the season, like a bright red around Christmas or a silvery sheen for President's Day.
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.
My Bella Spa’s experienced nail technicians cater to fingers and toes on clients of all ages. Adults sip complimentary wine, soda, or water while relaxing in oversize leather pedicure chairs, and younger guests perch on colorful pedicure chairs outfitted with pink bears or princess headrests. Formal dining chairs add a touch of class to the nail-drying station, and a fish tank filled with brightly hued swimmers serves as inspiration for vibrant gel polishes that stay chip-free for two weeks, no matter how frequently you touch strangers on the bus.
Led by certified chiropractor Dr. Philip A. Arnone, The Balanced Body Center blends chiropractic techniques with modern treatments for holistic health with a focus on client comfort, including a no-wait policy that ensures visitors quickly see the inside of the center's spacious, inviting private treatment rooms. Massage therapists guide muscles through one of three massage missions to eradicate stress and pain. The deep-tissue massage utilizes slow strokes and pressure to dig into muscles and flush out formidable tension strongholds. Swedish massage, deep tissue’s gentler, blonder cousin, promotes increased blood flow and relaxation with gliding strokes, kneading, and rhythmic tapping, and a medical massage manipulates the body's soft tissues to increase cell metabolism, speed up injury recovery, and increase range of motion in stiff joints and backs wrenched from competitive piggyback riding.
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.
Soaking fizzies, sugar scrubs, and lotions might smell sweet enough to eat, but My Chic Party Boutique?s beautifiers actually use them to pamper small hands and feet. The boutique caters solely to kids with age-appropriate spa play-dates, from mani-pedis to facials. Children can have fun pampering each other and being pampered?at special stations. And the boutique also hosts parties that not only include spa pampering, but also movies, treats, and sometimes dress-up costumes and tea. Party packages please little and big girls alike, enhancing birthdays to Girl Scout troupes.