Before Lisa Tolossa took over the reins of her beauty center and renamed it Doo It Up Salon, she was an employee for the previous owner. In the five years before she purchased the business, she perfected her skills as a hairstylist by learning Redken and Schwarzkopf coloring methods, studying Framesi cutting techniques, and earning certifications from Brazilian Blowout, Cadiveu, Keratin Complex, and Joico.
Today, Tolossa captains a roster of stylists who primp clients at the salon’s nine hair stations, one nail station, and two private rooms. Amidst deep-purple accents, corrugated-metal walls, and Craftsman tool chests filled with beauty supplies, the multitalented staff - including nail technician and mani-pedi expert Lynne Ho - crafts new looks with an array of services for nails, hair, and skin. They also sell products by Eufora, Moroccanoil, Brazilian Blowout, and American Crew, which can be used to style coiffures or lubricate a squeaky robotic arm.
A nominee of CityVoter's 2011 award for Best Day Spa, Pure Daily Bliss Day Spa houses a team of skillful aestheticians who assuage clients' skin conditions through a blend of holistic and med-spa treatments. Five massage modalities—including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports, and combination—soothe generally tense or injured muscles, and microdermabrasion and specialized facials treat specific skin conditions and rearrange freckle constellations. Pores receive fruit and floral infusions from back scrubs, as well as from custom facials crafted with blueberry, pumpkin, and pomegranate. Waxing and spray-tanning services smooth and shade epidermises, enabling bodies to discreetly snorkel in penny-filled wishing wells.
Tranquility Day Spa’s massage therapists, aestheticians, and nail technicians whisk visitors away on a cloud of relaxation with a menu of spa services and packages. The skincare team specializes in facials that remedy a variety of epidermal maladies, such as acne and the effects of aging, and nonsurgical facelifts that rely on enzymes and amino acids to stimulate collagen growth and improve skin's elasticity. The spa's arsenal of body-care treatments includes contouring wraps, scrubs, and eight types of massage, which treat pains caused by a stressful week at work or a long day of avoiding work by hiding the office water cooler.
Waxing expert Ashly Clinger frees men and women from unwanted stubble in her homey studio, Face & Body Skin Care Retreat. She is such a pro at this form of depilation that she has recorded an instructional DVD to teach aspiring waxers the techniques and theory of her craft. Her website educates clients with tips such as avoiding caffeine for 12 hours before the appointment or how to write a nice breakup letter to the unwanted body hair. As a licensed aesthetician, Ashly also performed facials, body scrubs, and ear candling.
SweetSweat Spa offers infrared-sauna technology, which Oprah tried out on a recent episode. Unlike a conventional sauna, the infrared Sunlighten sauna uses the UV-free infrared band of light to raise your core body temperature, causing the corpus to sweat and release evil toxins such as devil's tears, troll toe-jam, and maple syrup. Each 40-minute session can burn up to 700 calories, break down cellulite, improve skin complexion, strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, and provide a variety of other health benefits. An infrared-sauna session can even clear the brain of fog and other forms of mental cloud-cover caused by the condensation of thought bubbles.
Studio Cycle CDM's six trainers only require a stationary cycle and a client who's game to start burning calories and building muscle. They lead a variety of spin classes fused with other forms of exercise, from light weight training to dance. They also rent out athletic shoes ideal for the forms of fitness they practice so that anybody who attends can join in easily. Groups work up a pretty good sweat during classes, so the studio provides fluffy white towels for visitors to wipe down with, including chilled, eucalyptus-soaked towels to help the body quickly cool down and calm any sad koalas whose feet couldn't reach the pedals.