Tessa grew up with scissors in her hand. Her father’s salon was a staple of her Missouri community for 25 years, and there she learned the ins and outs of cutting hair to face shape and blending luxurious color highlights. Today she continues her father’s legacy, employing Matrix and American Crew brand products to transform tresses in Genesis Salon. Amid the studio's industrial-inspired décor, she joins four other stylists in crafting contemporary styles designed to work with each client's lifestyle and fashion tastes.
The experienced nail technician at Salon Larissa pampers hands and polishes fingernails in the comfort of a private full-service salon. To begin the 30-minute manicure, a relaxing soak leaves paws softer than a cashmere sweater wrapped around a cloud. The manicurist massages hands with lotion, trims overgrown cuticles, files nails into shape, and artfully applies coats of polish in one of multiple available shades.
The licensed medical professionals and technicians at Venus Tan and Spa iron out wrinkles and unearth fresher, younger skin with sophisticated facial treatments. Nurse-administered Botox injections flatten out facial furrows by freezing muscles and tightening up the hard-to-reach screws behind the ears. Smoothed-out results appear within three to seven days after the 10- to 15-minute procedure and can last up to four months. Beauty mavens can follow up the treatment with a half-hour diamond microdermabrasion to draw back the face’s dull curtains of dead skin, or tighten up sagging spots and recharge cheek-stored smile batteries with the gentle FDA-approved electric pulses of a 45-minute microcurrent facial.
Revelation Spa and Salon brings together experienced aestheticians and a licensed massage therapist to cosset both hair and muscles with rejuvenating treatments. During a one-hour Swedish massage in a private room, the skilled muscle mender leverages long, soothing strokes to relieve aches, increase blood flow, and bolster the body's natural defenses against diseases and grizzly bears. Alternatively, tress tutors enliven manes with highlights in subtle or striking shades, carefully treating selected strands, folding them in foil, and washing them out as patrons lounge on a reclined shampoo bed. Locks shine with new, rich hues, from dark chocolate to radiant gold, leaving the salon with more allure than Venus de Milo's modeling career.
At Natural Nail Care Salon, manicures are both a soothing indulgence and a step toward healthier hands. The technicians conduct mani-pedi services for natural nails exclusively, grooming and buffing them with Swedish Mavala products that enhance nails' flexibility and strength. Just as the techs avoid artificial nails, their products eschew synthetics: Mavala formulas contain no harsh chemicals, and the salon's Essie and Zoya polishes are formaldehyde-free. Clients sit at a sprawling nail bar that seats up to nine for hand treatments, then retire to pedicure chairs, where stainless-steel foot tubs ensure clean soaks. The attention of the seasoned staff often ensures that polish stays bright for weeks on end, instead of flaking when anxious friends ask to borrow nails for biting.
Nails may be the salon's focus, but each technician also boasts an additional specialty. Salon owner Jessica Stannard channels her hairstyling background with cut, color, and texturizing treatments, and licensed aesthetician Amanda Ancell nourishes complexions. Amanda's facials and chemical peels use personalized combinations of products based on the client's skin type and conditions, and each treatment includes a massage to relieve muscular tension around the cheekbones. The spa menu also includes waxing, eyelash extensions, and permanent-makeup applications.