Drawing upon experience accumulated during 15 years in business, the certified stylists, aestheticians, and therapists at The Hair & Spa Gallery work toward the comfort and beauty goals of patrons. Shears hum in the background as stylists lengthen strands with extensions. Beneath shelves of facial elixirs and body wraps, tanning beds purr. Airbrush units spare bodies contact with UV rays and keep them from becoming involved in the sand-eating contests popular at most beaches. Out back, a lush lawn sidles up next to a porch area equipped with potted plants, tables, and chairs where guests can lounge and new looks can see the sun for the first time.
At Premier Cuts Plus, the staff's primary goal is to help clients feel their best from the moment they pass through the arched stone entryway that separates the reception desk from the main salon. Soft music and sounds from a trickling fountain collide harmoniously with the low din created by the studio's stylists, aestheticians, nail technicians, and opera-trained massage therapists as they dole out a full spectrum of treatments designed to keep hair, skin, nails, and muscles in peak form. Floor-to-ceiling columns partition each hairstyling station, providing privacy for the jet-black chairs and shy shampoo bowls that assist stylists as they deftly trim, sculpt, and color strands with products by Pureology and Murad. All guests enjoy complimentary beverages with their treatments, though those planning to linger longer can choose to enjoy the light lunch included in several spa packages or travel with their own hibachi chef.
Certified massage therapist Shauna soothes nagging knots and alleviates aches through multiple methods, consequently promoting increased circulation, concentration, and sleep quality. Snuggle up for a one-hour nap on the studio's cozy, heated massage table, where personalized relief will wash over your back, arms, legs, feet, toe hairs, head, and neck like summer rain washes over a romantic picnic. Depending on each client's desires, Shauna adjusts strokes and pressure to foster relaxation, engage deep tissue, soothe muscular injuries, or improve pre-natal health.
As an accredited massage school, StoneWater Institute and Spa educates classes of aspiring massage therapists until they attain an associate's degree or diploma in massage therapy. The center teaches students how to perform popular modalities—including Swedish and deep tissue—and trains them for the tug-of-war section of every state's certification process. Training sessions for couples provide a less intense alternative for individuals seeking to give better massages.
The center also includes four private treatment rooms where trained therapists demonstrate their skill by deftly unknotting muscles. These massages can incorporate neuromuscular techniques, reflexology, or hot stones.
Upon entering The Image Creator Salon & Day Spa, clients are greeted by 17 seasoned stylists, each with at least five years of experience. As they cut and color hair, two certified massage therapists attempt to reduce clients’ anxiety with customized massages. Spa packages combine hair, nail, and body treatments to rejuvenate clients without fairy godmothers. After treatments, visitors can peruse a collection of products from brands such as Matrix Biolage, Crew, and Aveda to maintain their new looks at home.