The highly trained stylists at Barnette’s Salon are accustomed to hearing compliments from satisfied clients, but in the past few years they've also had to get used to reading praise in print. Along with being named a "Top 100 Salon 2011" by Elle Magazine and "Reader's Choice for Best Salon 2012" by Mississippi Magazine, the salon––which boasts three locations––has also earned the title of "Best Beauty Shop of Jackson 2012" from the Jackson Free Press](http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/best-of-jackson-2012-urban-living/), who proclaimed, "the staff is not only friendly and professional, but also immensely talented, consisting of some of the top stylists in town."
Those top stylists owe much of their success to the salon's training program, which divvies the staff into five levels, according to experience, and inducts new stylists only after they have endured at least one year of extensive training and learned to identify each hair color by its smell. Specialists if precision cuts and custom color, the team reaches for products from Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, MoroccanOil, and CareTrico, and add instant length and volume using 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths. For tresses in need of a new texture, they can also calm unruly curls with Keratin smoothing treatments or set strands with permanent waves to help cut down on time spent dealing with hot curling irons or hot rollers.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The dental professionals at Gililland Orthodontics apply high technology to wayward enamel, working to increase convenience by reducing visits. Doctors R. Todd Gililland, DMD, and Shawn P. O’Bannon, DMD, wield the latest dental equipment to keep oral systems in order. Each one to 1.5-hour consultation helps doctors and patient understand individual orthodontic needs and devise a treatment plan if warranted. Begin with digital photographs and digital x-rays, which minimize radiation exposure. Drs. Gililland and O’Bannon will diagnose overall dental health, spot any problem areas, and direct all molar gremlins to the mouth exit. The doc will then discuss treatment needs, timing, costs, expectations, and dreams of gleaming tooth cities.
Bright-lime-colored walls create an atmosphere of healthful exuberance inside Five Star Spa & Nails, mirroring the spa’s commitment to keeping bodies healthy and groomed with scientifically influenced skincare and up-to-date trends. Aestheticians are trained to perfect complexions, gently buffing away wrinkles and spots with microdermabrasion wands and removing brown spots or moles impulsively grown during the beauty-mark craze. When not grooming skin, whisking away body hair, or lengthening lashes, technicians flex their relaxation chops with a range of massages that can be augmented with exfoliating scrubs and tension-melting hot stones. Sitting amongst rows of Avon and OPI products, the spa’s nail technicians work to groom nails with tiers of mani-pedi treatments that make feet feel more special than being picked first to kick the moon.
The sun spills through the front window, warming the studio's sand-colored tile. A member of Posh Hair Salon and Day Spa's team greets guests as they step through the door, then guides them across the gleaming floor to salon or pedicure chairs upholstered in rich, black leather. Amid these sense-stimulating confines, owner and hairstylist Alana Knight?who lays claim to certification in hair extensions and multiple contributions to News Channel 3's Live at 9?oversees an aesthetics crew that serves the tri-state area through in-studio and mobile services. The team dispenses prettifying procedures, ranging from hairstyling and eyelash extensions to waxing and airbrush tanning, and coordinates services for special events such as weddings, Lil' Diva parties, or get-togethers celebrating voter registration.
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The talented masseuses at Natural Healing Spa Escape offer a wide range of massage treatments, from relaxing Swedish massage to toxin-pulverizing deep-tissue massages. Pairs can get in on the fun too with romantic couples massages, and they can spice it up with aromatherapy or a hot-towel treatment for an additional fee.