Cosmetologist Gina Jones is the owner of Gina's Hair Villa Salon, where she and her experienced manicurists offer nail and hair services. Using products from brands such as Paul Mitchell and Redken, Gina expertly matches hair colors to skin tones. Meanwhile, Shellac, gel, and odor-free acrylic nail polishes coat fingers and toes.
A stroll through La Rouge Spalon & Boutique is a promenade back in time. In the waiting room, a cherry-red leather sofa and black shelves inspire modernity; in another room, the proprietors channel the 1950s with striped walls and checkered floors. In a separate makeup room, six round palettes of foundation and eye shadow rise up from a table like the drum set of a 1980s hair band from the stage. This diverse variety of styles characterizes La Rouge Spalon, which embraces the changing times with sleek cuts and bold color highlights tailored to client preference. Healing wraps and infrared sauna sessions help detoxify the body while promoting relaxation and weight loss. Clients may also solicit La Rouge for a chip-resistant Shellac manicure, or nix unwanted hair from upper lips with a private waxing session.
At The Spa at Oak Haven, Dermalogica products and essential oils revive weary visages and soothe tense muscles. The essential mani-pedi bathes feet in a soothing bath and scrubs away calluses before grooming nails and cuticles to prime them for colorful polish. During the signature facial, Dermalogica’s hydropeptides and antioxidants reduce fine lines and wrinkles as the strokes of a warm massage cascade down the neck, shoulders, and hands. Massage therapists untangle muscle knots with soothing effleurage strokes during the Almost Heaven massage, and they boost circulation, organ function, and tickle thresholds in feet during the reflexology massage.
Ethereal blue wisps settle just below the forested peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains, lending them an otherworldly quality. Adventurers can catch a glimpse of the undulating terrain from the comfort of their car on an auto tour or by hiking, camping, and horseback riding in the thick of it. Cades Cove, the most visited park feature, plays host to a former pioneer homestead and a wonderful walking trail ablaze with wildlife and Mark McGwire’s petrified wooden baseball bat. The quaint nearby town of Gatlinburg blends the amenities of a resort with a tranquil, inviting small-town vibe. More than 450 restaurants, golf courses, attractions, and outdoor activities lure adventurers down from the mountains and into the town’s main drags. Some eateries serve up elegant plates of trout culled from the nearby streams, and independent artisans hawk handcrafted wares at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, one of the largest groups of crafters in all of North America.
Licensed acupuncturist Angela Buckridge helps relieve pain and various bodily maladies by precisely placing sterilized needles on vital areas of the body. Buckridge identifies the source of disruption of each patient's particular bodily energy, or qi, during full examinations, which include a diagnosis of the pulse and tongue and a reading of one's middle-school diaries. The restored qi brought on by acupuncture needles helps alleviate the symptoms of illnesses and ailments such as headaches, insomnia, abdominal pain, and allergies. In addition to acupuncture, Buckridge also performs cupping treatments, in which she expertly affixes cups to patients' backs in order to accelerate healing within the body.
Buzzing with a team of hair stylists, massage therapists, and nail technicians, Spatacular Salon and Spa welcomes clients for a host of services, from blowouts to pedicures. Men, women, and kids can relax in styling chairs during haircuts, perms, color, or smoothing keratin treatments to restore hair and defeat frizz. Brushes slip silently across nails as technicians perform manicures and pedicures with Shellac and OPI polishes and work moisturizing lotions into hands, feet, and arms with gentle massages. The staff utilizes a variety of products from lines including Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Mary Kay, which were also the names of the three most popular Brady kids.