A few wisps of smoke from an extinguished candle hang in the air, along with the lingering fragrance of aromatic oils and the soft strains of jazz or nature sounds. One of the licensed massage therapists at Mona Lisa's Massage & Wellness has completed another relaxing session, easing muscle tension and stress with modalities such as hot-stone therapy, pregnancy or sports massage, or reflexology. The center's practitioners operate in an intimate and tranquil four-room suite complete with a mani-pedi station. In the couples room, pairs enjoying a Yin + Yang massage nosh on chocolate-covered strawberries and discuss how to install electric handlebar warmers on a tandem bike.
The crew exfoliates skin with coconut-lime-scented scrubs and detoxifies bodies with wraps that include a session in the steam sauna. They also aim to clear complexions with 10 different anti-aging facial treatments and peels.
Sun Tan City’s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can schedule a single visit to touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon’s 100% guarantee.
Bloomingnails Hair and Nail Salon's nail technicians transform hands and feet into immaculate canvases of art with polishes from OPI and CND. The up-to-90-minute mani-pedi begins with the digit doyen massaging the hands and trimming the cuticles before buffing and filing finger armor to a gumball-esque sheen and blanketing it in a splash of color. The phalange pro then descends floorward, trimming and buffing toe talons into topiary art before exfoliating the hind paws with a foot scrub or mask. Legs are ensconced in a heated towel for an embrace that's warmer than a bear hug from Grandma, and a brush of color tops the tootsie surface for an eye-popping finish.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
At Salon Galleria, which is divided into private suites, there's no danger of stylists running into each other on their trips to the shelf. Brittney Byrum prizes the intimacy that her studio affords, saying that the salon "gives our guest the ‘homey’ feeling." With hardwood floors and carved cabinets, her suite has a slightly Victorian vibe, which acts as a counterbalance to the modern 'dos she produces.
Brittney's specialty is multidimensional color—she loves to transform the tints of her clients' hair with new all-over shades as well as carefully applied highlights. She has also mastered the ombre trend, which gradually shifts the hair's hue at the ends for a bold, two-toned look more chic than simply wearing a chessboard as a hat. Brittney uses Redken and Pureology products to help nourish strands as she works, and sometimes, she even sells decorative headbands to complement her styles. Whether she's administering a simple trim or a complex wedding updo, her goal remains the same: to ratchet up her clients’ confidence.
Stylist Fritzi Knapp carves out her own coiffing niche inside Hair For The Family salon using a combination of Redken, Rusk, and Paul Mitchell products. Armed with her scissors, coloring brush, and attention to detail, Fritzi revamps manes until they’re eye catching enough to redirect plane traffic. Fritzi can accent new cuts with elegant updos and brow waxings.