A profusion of flowers frames the entrance to Salon Maison Rouge, hinting that the treatment rooms inside offer refuge from the hectic rituals of urban life. Their hints prove accurate—once inside, guests immediately take note of the wicker chairs, potted plants, and paintings arranged to promote relaxation. The salon’s stylists create music as they snip their shears, shaping new haircuts to complement the aestheticians’ makeovers. Before indulging in a moisturizing four-layer facial, help yourself to a complimentary snack or beverage and get dressed in the spa’s signature uniform: a soft robe and terrycloth top hat.
Dena Marie’s Salon & Spa’s hairstylists specialize in formal updos. Augmented by Lox extensions—crafted from 100% human hair—or held in place by hair balms from Bed Head and Matrix, the formal looks prepare patrons for glitzy events from proms to the salon’s second specialty—weddings.
Their team, which also consists of manicurists, regularly attends continuing-education courses to keep their services up-to-date with the latest beauty trends. Fresh out of the workshops, they turn their shears and dyes toward shaping and coloring manes, and drape frazzled locks with shine during keratin smoothing treatments. They also provide spa treatments that include waxing and paraffin dips that remove dry skin from bodies more effectively than attempting to drive them out by playing annoying music over loudspeakers throughout the night.
When she was still learning the nuances of her craft in massage school, Rhonda Lakip-Ochoa wasted no time sharing her newfound powers with those who needed them most. After classes ended, she’d practice what she’d learned that day on her mother, who had cancer, and the seniors under her charge during a day job as a caregiver. Now, as the principle practitioner at A Healing Touch Massage Therapy/Spa LLC, Rhonda draws upon these formative experiences to soothe clients from all walks of life. During in-office sessions, she unknots kinked muscles with bodywork drawn from massage traditions including deep tissue and hot stone. Rhonda and her team of certified massage therapists also schedule in-home appointments, arriving at area doorsteps bearing massage tables, lotions, and calming music.
Although she’s now a full-fledged massage therapist, Rhonda never forgot her commitment to bringing peace to the infirm. Today, she still caters to clients with Alzheimer's and dementia, easing their ills with strokes that are lighter, slower than usual. She also massages individuals undergoing cancer treatments for free at her Creative Design/Creative Care facility or her A Healing Garden location.
At Elwart Family Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Derek Elwart relies on an arsenal of noninvasive chiropractic services to alleviate spinal ailments without the use of surgery or drugs. Rather than limiting his focus to specific problem areas, Dr. Elwart adopts a holistic approach that accounts for the body’s overall health before determining the proper course of treatment. First visitations commence with a consultation, during which the doctor identifies chronic ailments and discusses treatment options. Even the slightest of abnormalities stands little chance of escaping Dr. Elwart’s eye as he peruses spinalscapes in search of bulging discs, pockets of tension, and unturned wind-up keys. Treatments for back injuries and other maladies may involve any combination of corrective exercise, adjustments, massage, and a Zamboni that rolls across shoulders to resurface ragged musculature.
At each of Tricho Salon and Spa’s four locations, trained stylists stand ready to refresh outdated hairstyles with products by Schwarzkopf, Bumble and bumble, Keratin Complex, and Moroccanoil. Dr. Sonya Friedman, an accomplished author, CNN talk-show host, and radio psychologist, teams up with dermatologist Dr. Scott Friedman to helm the spa side of the business, where clients can find eight types of facials, nine styles of massage, noninvasive micro treatments, and advice for mending a hairdryer’s broken heart. Fingertips and toes in need of some TLC can also be pampered inside this full-service beauty haven, as nail techs doll-up digits with OPI and Essie polishes as well as Shellac, acrylic, and fiberglass tips.
Celebrity hair stylist Ken Paves, who has snipped the strands of such stars as Jessica Simpson and Eva Longoria, operates a stylish tress-treating salon to keep clients catwalk-ready. Each talented stylist was trained under Paves and brings an individual knowledge and technique to help clients achieve a look suited to their personal tastes and style. Opt for a haircut and a trained trimmer will snip your tresses with the ease of a swan dancing Swan Lake, transforming stressed manes into trendy looks for women ($60+) and men ($25+). Add little rays of sunlight to manes with highlights (partial $55+; full $75+) and get a polished finish with a professional blowout ($30).