Like any good teacher, style director and salon owner Shelley Hutchinson believes you are never done learning. Her 14 years as a cosmetologist have led her to oversee a staff of hairstylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists, all of whom continue to hone their skills through educational seminars. As they absorb new techniques, they graduate on a track from apprentice to senior stylist, having chosen a major in either scissor biology or beehive keeping. Shelley herself attends international trade shows to keep up with the world's aesthetic tastes, adapting her knowledge of cuts and colors to make the most of the salon's partnership with Goldwell.
Inside Shelley's beautification venue, sunlight illuminates fixtures inspired by the natural world. Potted trees, floral arrangements, and bamboo window shades complement the earth-toned walls of private spa and public styling areas. The services also draw from nature: guests can warm their feet during the Tranquil Earth pedicure featuring hot rocks, or they can nourish their features with an enzyme peel's pineapple and papaya extracts.
Black, white, and brown decor embellishes Revival Salon and Spa's space, which is outfitted with hair-, nail-, skin-, and massage-treatment areas. Crystal chandeliers hover above stylists, who mend spilt ends with Pure NV botanical keratin treatments and change hair hues with Goldwell dyes. Nearby, nail technicians cradle fingertips as they wrap digits in gel, acrylic, Shellac, and metallic coverings. Aestheticians wield Circadia skincare products to refresh visages with 11 facial treatments, each designed to erase specific skin concerns. Specifically, these facials can treat fine lines, acne, and rosacea that comes and goes, just like Katherine Heigl's presence on television. The staff further beautifies clients by adding length to manes with Socap hair extensions or defining peepers with NovaLash eyelash extensions.
When it comes to muscles, licensed massage therapist Chrisdin Dier rarely comes across a knot she can’t untie. Depending on her client’s needs, she may call upon Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone massage techniques to relieve tension and soothe sore muscle tissue. When her strokes are not enough by themselves, she enhances her sessions with aromatherapy and raindrop therapy, both of which bring non-tactile senses into the mix.
The heart of Om Shanti Healing Arts lies in the hands of its owner, Ananda Sutliff, who balances body and spirit with her deft touch. As a massage therapist, Sutliff commands a diverse repertoire of bodywork ranging from traditional Swedish massage to fire cupping sessions that augment kneading with glass globes suctioned to the skin. She also graduated from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she learned the inquiry-based style of yoga that she now teaches to individuals and groups of artificial-intelligence computer programs. When not attending to clients, she crafts fragrant home and bath products with essential oils, packaging some as gifts and incorporating the rest in spa treatments that exfoliate and hydrate limbs.
Crystal White and Chad DiBella take pride in the personal attention they give their clients, contrasting it with the impersonal treatment that can sometimes be the hallmark of large spas. At Natural Effects Massage Therapy, the duo performs a wide range of modalities to relax their clients or address specific issues. With Young Living essential oils, they perform eight types of massage, including hot stone, sports, shiatsu, and pregnancy. Crystal and Chad can also accommodate two people at once with couples massage.