Cosmetologist Natasha Torres could hardly have found a more fitting name for her spa than Garden of Eden. After all, there’s something paradisiacal about Natasha’s beauty treatments, which restore skin to an immaculate state with custom-blended serums. Natasha draws on Bioelements products during her exfoliating facials, though she can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and acne with microdermabrasion treatments and organic lactic peels. When she isn’t restoring skin’s glow, she pampers her clients with natural and hot-oil manicures, paraffin dips, and creative nail designs that help make counting to 10 less of a chore.
The licensed therapists and technicians at Creative Strands Hair & Bodyworks excavate stress and instill beauty with a wide spectrum of salon and spa services. During massages, muscle manipulators call upon therapeutic Swedish and deep-tissue techniques to untie knotted muscles in shoulders, backs, and vestigial dorsal fins. Unwanted hairs succumb to swathes of warm wax, and exfoliating microdermabrasion facials leave skin as smooth as Casanova’s answering-machine greeting.
Each member of the team of professionals at Inspiration Hair Studio and Day Spa specializes in a different facet of beautification. A master hairstylist can carefully place highlights or arrange tresses in an updo for a wedding or black-tie monster-truck rally. An on-staff medical aesthetician renders skin smooth with treatments such as diamond microdermabrasion and full-body exfoliation, and the spa’s massage therapist targets chronic tension with the soothing strokes of Swedish and deep-tissue methods. The multitalented crew also hosts birthday and bachelorette parties after business hours, where the fashionable fetes can be made more festive with the addition of food and wine.
Past a barber-pole-bedecked exterior, the two-man staff of Old Time Barber Shop delivers straight-razor shaves and crafts modern haircuts using classic clipping techniques. Master barber Scott Braga creates personalized looks for each customer, ranging from straightforward trims and close-cropped cuts to elaborate ocelot topiary. In straight-razor shaves, Braga or stylist Stephen Guillian render skin hair-free and baby smooth with 20 minutes of careful hair removal supplemented with hot-towel treatments. The stylists bring experience and expertise to each cut, working through stray strands with ease in an old-timey environment complete with large leather chairs, full-length mirrors, and a barbershop quartet harmonizing hymns to comb disinfectant.
The tanning booth's bulbs emit a soothing glow sans UV rays. Instead, the light works beneath the skin as the body absorbs wavelengths of infrared light. Known as red-light therapy, the infrared waves help enhance appearance from the inside out by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, thereby smoothing skin and wrinkles. This treatment complements Ultimate Tanning's service menu, which includes traditional UV tanning and custom airbrush tanning. The studio also houses a salon for hair and nails, where stylists use high-end products, such as Aquage shampoos, formaldehyde-free Simply Smooth keratin treatments, and shears welded from Prince's platinum record collection.