In a stately studio flanked by white crown molding and sleek black fixtures, the stylists of Suesie's Beauty Salon create relaxing, elegant transformations for their clients. To fashion these hair masterpieces, they draw on an arsenal of products from Kemon, a European color line that is ammonia and PPD free, and Jellua, a squid-ink-based shampoo and conditioner. Artistic cuts that match clients’ hair type and personalities give way to personalized beauty lessons, in which stylists teach clients techniques to keep their new ‘dos looking salon quality at home. For an even bigger metamorphosis, the experts can apply smoothing keratin treatments or vibrant color. They also offer an array of spa services, which range from mani-pedis and waxing sessions to facials and eyelash extensions.
From the funky zebra-print chairs to the shabby-chic console tables, Avalon Spa creates an atmosphere that’s at once stylish and homey. Within this soothing oasis, aestheticians come armed with GlyMed Plus skincare products during nine types of facials, each designed to ease specific woes such as rosacea, fine lines, or acne. Massage therapists turn to hot-stone and prenatal techniques to unwind bodies, ushering in relaxation with aromatherapy oils and the gentle wave of air-traffic-control wands. Nail technicians sit before leather pedicure thrones, where they decorate digits with Zoya polish or CND Shellac and soften the surrounding skin with hydrating moisture masks.
Inside a private treatment room adorned with shelves of clean, white towels, massage oils, and medical charts, licensed massage therapist Kristy Kelley kneads away muscular tension with targeted modalities. A deep-tissue massage specialist, Kelley tailors sessions to individuals' comfort levels, varying pressure as needed, applying gentle heat to loosen muscles, and relieving tendons tired from long days of work and bench-pressing the office vending machine. Additionally, Kelley performs relaxing Swedish strokes; applies smooth, heated stones during hot-stone massages; and soothes the inner ear of pain and itching with warm wax during ear-coning sessions.
Massage therapists understand the importance of keeping muscles happy. At Natural Living Massage and Wellness he keeps bodies ready for feats of athleticism or everyday work, healing through multiple massage modalities, including craniosacral therapy.