Spa Laje pampers bodies with a number of services designed to ease tension, maintain appearance, and soften signs of aging. Finger and toe helmets clean up during the 100-minute spa mani-pedi treatment as a file smoothes rough nail edges and creates round, square, or javelin-like tips, and paint splashes onto polished surfaces. Arms and legs then receive a rubdown, while hands and feet relax under the shelter of a mask. Legs also undergo a good scrubbing to remove any evidence of mud wresting before customers stop in for an astronaut-suit fitting. The 60-minute Masquerade of Radiance facial nourishes and hydrates skin, diminishing signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles soften under the treatment, which maintains the skin's optimum balance and restore its youthful appearance to ensure patrons easier admittance into G-rated movies.
Erin Guarisco has undergone training at the Aveda Institute in Lafayette and the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Miami, but she understands that trends and styles are continuously changing. That’s why she makes it a point to stay apace of the latest trends, which is perhaps what put her skills in the spotlight at New Orleans Fashion Week. She is also certified to perform Keratin Complex hair-smoothing treatments. Erin brings her passions and practiced techniques to The Parlour, where she specializes in haircuts for women, men, and children and works beside a talented roster of stylists that makes up the salon's creative staff.
Torrie Jakes, owner of Jakes Aesthetics, dropped her legal career to pursue her passion for skincare and cosmetics. Performing laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels as well as other skincare treatments, she stays true to her goal of helping her clients attain glowing, youthful skin.
Touched by A.Muse's seasoned beauticians transform dull digits into beacons of positive attention with a variety of manicure and pedicure services and Minx products. More than a dozen pampering sessions for fingers and toes whisk clients away on a cloud of relaxation with warm-stone massages, sole-healing treatments, and scented chocolate scrubs. Treatments often come with a complimentary glass of wine or champagne, which can calm frayed nerves and release stressful thoughts caused by clogged dream catchers.
Since opening as a Paul Mitchell Focus salon in 2007, the team of hair artists at Mariposa Salon and Spa has styled locks for the glossy pages of New Orleans Bride magazine and CUE magazine, as well as the runways of a Guess fashion show and a Chloe Dao fashion show.
Mariposa's bilingual stylists also craft sophisticated looks for clients walking down sidewalks instead of runways. Celeb-inspired styles let clients ask for The Beyoncé and walk out with sleek, smooth, and straight locks, or The Gisele, which translates to the loose, beachy waves usually only achieved by supermodels living in sandcastles. The stylists also battle the New Orleans humidity with blow-drying techniques and GKhair hair straightening. Mariposa’s nail artists brighten fingertips with chip-resistant Shellac polish, and aestheticians craft custom facials and wax away body hair with tea-tree cream wax. The salon uses products from Glominerals and Glotherapeutics, a pharmaceutical-grade skincare and makeup line.
From the gas lanterns at the entryway to the antique-style armchairs in the relaxation room, The Woodhouse Day Spa feels like a Victorian parlor that just happens to house more than a dozen massage therapists and a team of talented aestheticians and nail technicians. The 5,200-square-foot space includes four single massage rooms, one couples massage room, and a Vichy shower to facilitate body treatments. In the Woodhouse four-handed massage, one of the spa's signature services, two therapists choreograph customized pressure and 20-finger shadow-puppet chorus lines. A team member can firm and tone facial skin with a proprietary Minkyti massage technique or pamper digits with a soothing hand treatment.
The spa's rich hardwood floors and accents and exposed stone and brick walls create a retreat-like ambiance, as does the relaxation room where guests can read a magazine while listening to a trickling water fountain. The retail area showcases certified natural and organic Naturopathica skincare products and items from the spa's activewear line, which was co-branded with Nike.
One on One Day Spa and Salon aestheticians Lynnette Jones, Terilyn Young, and Kimberly Williams relocated their practice to a new Bullard Avenue digs in April 2012. The trio's spa menu continues to pamper bodies from head to toe with indulgent products such as Dead Sea salt and enzyme-based exfoliants. Massages comfort tender, worn-out muscles with Swedish strokes, deep-tissue kneads, or the gentle pressure of warm stones. Manicures and pedicures pamper feet and groom hands until they're properly prepared to high-five the president.