Joined by more than their salon’s name, stylists Jón and Alan have spent more than two decades refining their skills side by side. Today, the duo passes on their knowledge to the stylists on their team, teaching them the tricks of the trade as they cut, color, and add texture to hair. When they aren’t watching over their stylists or juggling combs dipped in barbicide and lit on fire, they check in on the spa’s technicians, who soothe their clients’ skin with resurfacing facials, chemical peels, and relaxing massages.
All of the salon’s custom skin and scalp treatments draw on Aveda's world-renowned arsenal of plant-based products. Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular products such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
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.
Tucked into a historic home replete with an art center and retail space filled with organic and locally produced products, Center of Symmetry’s trained wellness workers provide holistic health services. The center’s certified hydrotherapists purge clogged passageways with FDA-approved colon-hydrotherapy sessions, and licensed massage therapists work to assuage tension with a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish and reflexology—pressure applied to the hands and feet to help stimulate organs and improve health. Doctor of Chiropractic Jermaine Ware, the center’s onsite chiropractor, straightens out spines and provides life coaching and nutritional counseling.
To licensed massage therapist Lewis Braswell, the ups and downs of life are like the crests and troughs of a sound wave?and through Harmonic Bodywork, he strives to create a place where his clients? minds, bodies, and spirits are perfectly in tune. To relieve clients of pain and tension, he draws on more than eight years of massage experience and knowledge of techniques ranging from reiki and energy work to sound therapy performed with tuning forks. Further evidence of his keen feel for the power of sound, Lewis went to Belmont University and earned his bachelor's degree in music, making him more qualified to be Paul McCartney than Paul McCartney. Lewis also studied acutonics at the Natural Health Institute, where he met his wife.
Though the experts at Studio Green are duly concerned with the appearance of split ends, aging skin, and unwanted hair, an even greater concern is with the effects of harsh chemicals on clients' skin, hair, and environment. That's why their 2,000-square-foot salon is solely stocked with vegan and organic hair products, including hair color that's been certified cruelty-free by PETA. The team of stylists tends to tresses more gently and ethically with formaldehyde-free serums, sugar scrubs, and gentle dyes. The aestheticians, for their part, can help clients to curate at-home beauty routines with a collection of organic serums by Éminence and Surface.