Somewhere in a desert cavern in Arizona, mineral-rich ionite clay is being harvested from the ground in smooth, silky batches. It's destined for exclusive Pavay services and take-home Pavay organic exfoliating cleansers and essential-oil-imbued cleansing bars, sold exclusively at Salon Avé dayspa • medspa. The day spa's aestheticians use the spa’s signature line of all-natural, organic skincare products during custom facials, body wraps, and relaxing mani-pedis. According to a 2009 Press Publications article, the Pavay product owners and formulators earn enthusiastic high-fives from Mother Nature by producing the line locally using recyclable and partially biodegradable packaging materials.
But skincare isn't the only thing the Salon Avé dayspa • medspa team does well, as evidenced by their 2013 Talk of the Town News Customer Satisfaction Award. They also design new hairdos and loosen muscles with hot-stone massages, and relieve lines and wrinkles with full line of injectables. To enhance beauty from the inside out, they offer body-slimming Zerona treatments. One client’s Zerona success story was even featured on Twin Cities Live and in her mom’s Christmas letter that year.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
Denny Kemp began his styling career as one of the first students under Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda. This student has since become the master to his own proteg?s, passing on what he has learned within his own salon's walls, decorated with carefully selected artwork, some of it being the product of Denny?s own genius. Denny's brigade of innovative and artistic stylists spritzes clients with professional-grade products from Shu Uemura, K?rastase, Bumble and bumble, and Eminence, as well as the Dermalogica skincare line. They're also versed in smoothing frizz with keratin formulas and performing balayage and micro-foiling.
Select salons offer Shellac polish, which can last?chip-free?for weeks. Read on for our look at this resilient manicure style.
After five years of testing and development, CND unveiled its secret weapon. It was virtually impenetrable?a veritable suit of armor. And it was just waiting to fall into the right hands. Dubbed Shellac, CND's new nail polish could last 14 days?336 hours?without a chip or smudge. The formula itself was a hybrid of regular and gel nail polish, combining the thick, durable layers of gel with the easy, brush-on application of ordinary lacquer. Between each of four coats, a special, low-watt UV lamp cured the Shellac, hardening it and leaving it dry within seconds. After a single appointment, customers could leave the salon with a gleaming manicure that could last for weeks.
Available in more than 45 shades, Shellac polish is no longer new technology, but only trained technicians in a certified salon are eligible to apply it. The UV curing process?safe for the skin?is so effective that Shellac polish must be removed at the salon using strong acetone, most often by slipping a special soaking pad over each finger for a few minutes. Although the polish may not last on dry or flaky nails, healthy fingers generally retain their shine, only losing their color as the roots of new nails start to grow in from the cuticle.
The stylists at Merrill Hair Designers, Inc. strive to heal damaged strands with chlorine- and mineral-removal treatments that restore hair's resilience and shine. Working with a fresh slate, the team can then consult with clients to settle on a new look. For instance, a Brazilian Blowout could smooth out frizz for straighter locks, or extensions can add length more efficiently tying barbells to each strand. To help friends find a flattering cut, clients can even throw a group party complete with pastries and beverages.
The salon also offers nail and spa services, from acne-fighting facials to therapeutic massages. Every skincare package, whether it's an oxygen facial with fruit enzymes or a chemical peel, is highly customized to suit specific skin types.
SpaNails has been in the thick of the nailcare industry for more than 10 years. Its technicians assuage stressed hands and feet with quality services, such as standard and deluxe manicures and pedicures. Once talons have been thoroughly groomed, staffers clothe them in garments of polish by Shellac or OPI. They also offer french manicures, nail repairs, and nail sets adorned with fashionable designs, which are more attractive and less deadly than retractable adamantium blades.