Although they’re greeted by the sound of snipping scissors and the sight of a light-yellow room filled with black leather stylists’ chairs, guests of Natural Image Salon and Day Spa can get much more than just a haircut. In addition to stylists who specialize in creative hair color and keep abreast of the latest trends—such as the feather hair extensions that secret agents use to blend in while spying from trees—Natural Image staffs aestheticians who perform a full range of spa treatments.
These experts dab skin with products made with natural ingredients, relying on botanical plant peels and Swedish body wraps that blend herbs, minerals, and sea clay. As well as pampering skin with Aveda facials and sea-salt-glow exfoliations, the aestheticians render it hairless during waxing sessions. Nail technicians add the final touch to appearances with gel manicures or layers of OPI polish.
Claibourns Natural Skin Care's aesthetician Yolanda found that after 23 years in the dental field, she was beginning to focus less on people's smiles and more on their entire faces. This led her to a career in aesthetics and to research the effects that everyday stress had on skin. Now at her own spa, she hopes to educate people on ways to nourish their skin.
In her research, she came across the Nu Skin line of products, which she believes are extremely effective at making skin more resilient. She uses the line's organic, paraben-free products during custom signature facials and galvanic spa treatments, which send a gentle microcurrent into faces to boost collagen production and smooth fine lines.
Put your hands and feet where a member of Lavish Nail Boutique's skilled staff can see them, and they'll be rewarded with a neat nail trimming. Perfectly symmetrical tips will take the place of unruly edges. Cuticles will be gently groomed to a more sightly disposition. The skilled 'curists will massage your feet with their hands and your hands with their feet, then a careful polishing finishes the transformation from hand abandon to extreme extremity envy. Afterward, your handle bars and kick stands will be feeling buttery and spry.
As the business name implies, Charleston Nails & Spray Tan keeps its menu of services simple. But this specialization is a good thing, a fact that shows itself in the skillfully applied layers of polish that grace clients' hands and feet as they leave the studio. Instead of installing a wall of baseball-stadium lights in their homes, guests can also get that sun-kissed glow with a hand-applied, personalized spray tan.
Bellezza Salon & Spa owner and master stylist Angie Bauer has traveled the nation—from Las Vegas to Dallas to Miami—to hone her styling techniques and to master hands-on workshops with products from brands such as Aquage, Paul Mitchell, and Bare Escentuals. With this abundance of knowledge, she and her staff glamorize nails with OPI nail polish, stylize hairdos with Paul Mitchell hair color, and help clients outdo baby deer in beauty pageants with Xtreme Lashes eyelash extensions.