The treatment begins with a hydrating soak, after which finger canopies and toe awnings are scrubbed, snipped, shaped, and shellacked by a trained technician. After daubing faces with a rich, hydrating mask, pamperists apply an organic sugar scrub to feet and hands, sloughing off sullied skin and swathing them in tropical aromas. Select between a soothing foot-and-leg massage or a hand-and-arm kneading that keeps upper limbs from spontaneously semaphoring obscenities. Open seven days a week, Spa Laje’s new location in the Avenue Plaza Resort entices indulgers to its relaxing, upscale environs with complimentary valet parking.
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.