Licensed cosmetologist Kimberly Salt has refined her pampering skills for more than 20 years. These days, at Kimberlily Creek, she showcases her talents by beautifying and relaxing customers with light-stylings and spa-style treatments, including facial waxing, Reiki massage, and her Natural Manicures. In addition to bundling these services to ready brides for their big day, Kimberly doubles as an ordained minister, and happily officiates ceremonies with pre-written or customized vows and scripts. Besides nuptials, Kimberly hosts plenty all-female parties for Pure Romance, an adult-oriented shop that supplies women with everything from lingerie to soothing lotions.
Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
The coiffure connoisseurs at Hair Envy Salon transform wild, unmanageable manes into sleek, obedient scalp guards. First, scissor twirlers snip off split ends and add fresh style with a precision haircut ($25 value). Next, the approximately 90-minute Brazilian blowout zero treatment nourishes and smooths strands, improving hairs' condition as it banishes frizz, curls, and baby parakeets (up to a $425 value). The process comprises an initial shampoo with a preparatory solution, a thorough douse of the formaldehyde-free formula, a blow-dry and flat-iron styling, and an application of a style-sealing mask. After receiving one final rinse and a coat of smoothing serum, manes are blown dry again, emerging as straight and glamorous-in-the-wind as a yacht's mast. A skin-softening paraffin hand treatment ($10) concludes pampering.
It isn?t just the bride-to-be at the appointment inside Island Hair Studio. She's brought along an entire squad of bridesmaids, who giddily snap pictures as the stylist twirls their friend's hair into cascading curls, pins up a few sections, and tops it all off with a bedazzled headband. The party leaves in a cloud of giggles and cartoon hearts, and the stylist welcomes her next client in need of a cut and color touch-up. Feet away, another customer holds her hands steady as a nail technician paints all ten digits in a bright pink polish.
Outfitted with hardwood floors, wall-to-wall mirrors, and modern furnishings in hues of cream and licorice, this full-service salon shoos away its clients' stresses as soon as they arrive. Sink into a cozy leather chair and let one of Studio 2000's aesthetic experts replace a dusty noggin frame with a new, modern crown that accentuates your best facial features and suits your current lifestyle. Or, hand over your muscles to the center's licensed massage therapist for an hour of therapeutic kneads and reverse knot tying. Massage sessions take place in private, dimly lit rooms that trade hustle, bustle, and other '70s dance moves for calming candle flickering and opulent linens.
Hair Forum Salon's certified hair doctors give life to deadened locks in a cheerful environment filled with bright flowers and gleaming hardwood floors. Along with shaping strands, wrangling cowlicks, and cow-tipping side burns, haircuts include a styling and blowout. Meanwhile, fading or graying head frames can be reshot in Technicolor with a choice of color-retouching or base-color services.