It’s hard to tell if you’re walking into a pedicure studio or a Victorian sitting room. A client relaxes in a throne-like leather chair while a nail technician tends to her feet, and yet it feels as though a butler could walk in at any moment with high tea. Perhaps it’s the nail technicians, who seem to be fawning over royalty, or perhaps it’s the room’s ornate mouldings, matching the patterned wallpaper and rug, and polished hardwood floors. That distinct sense of place elevates both of Parlour on the Avenue’s locations, both housed in buildings constructed in the 1800s—one receiving a preservation award from Indiana Landmarks—and both with two floors bedecked in Victorian decor.
On the ground floors, the staff dotes over visitors with hair, nail, skin, and spa services. The second floors house Victorian wet spas—spaces where clients enjoy privacy and indulgent services such as whey baths, hot-stone massages, and stories read by Charles Dickens. To enhance the results of each service, Parlour’s team recommends aftercare products from its stock, such as lotions from Hempz Body Care and Pino and face-care formulas from Control Corrective.
A Touch of Heaven Salon Massage & Day Spa stocks a large inventory of well-respected pampering products. Nail technicians employ OPI and Gelish polish, and hairstylists primp tresses with smart Solutions, Redken, Sexy Hair, and KMS products. An assemblage of massage therapists and aestheticians performs indulgent work at the spa too, allying to relax and beautify their clients. They execute 10 varieties of massage, from the gentle, simple Swedish to the choreographed complexity of the four-handed massage—performed by two therapists or one octopus also juggling four tennis balls. They combine treatments of the body's inner tissues with herbal or peppermint-scented wraps to rejuvenate the outer layer.
Outside of the private rooms lies the salon proper, where stylists carefully ply their craft on the hair and nails of their patrons. They imbue locks with new color, wax away unwanted hair, and even provide spray tans to maintain a summery glow throughout winter's tenure.
Over her years of training—some under award-winning Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Steven H. Dayan—aesthetician Julie Kline has learned the power a simple skin treatment can do for a person's complexion. At her intimate studio within A Tamara Berry Studio, she calls on enzymes from natural sources to jump-start purification and renewal processes, and she anoints faces with more advanced chemical peels to obliterate the signs of aging. Some of her treatments don't require a single touch: when adjusted to a precise color, her range of light therapies can kill blemish-causing bacteria, boost the production of wrinkle-banishing collagen, or spotlight a talented freckle with Broadway aspirations. Microcurrent facials use painless low-level lasers to firm and tone facial muscles. Julie uses the skincare tools she's assembled to customize her treatments to each client's individual skin issues, whether they involve acne, sun damage, aging, or another aesthetic problem.
A diverse staff of hair specialists and an aesthetician helps About U Salon beautify bodies with meticulous attention. Many staff members have decades of experience in the industry, which they use to clear skin with specialized facials and waxing sessions, as well as add depth to hair with highlights that mimic thin rivulets of rain on the solitary window of life. All services are performed with high-end products from brands such as Paul Mitchell, Mantra, and Joico.
Australian Sands Tanning Resort boasts six kinds of tanning beds, custom spray tans, and an on-site shop stocked with skincare products. The Resort's true selling point, though, lies with its staff. The tanning consultants own a stake in the independent business, and take pride in their work. They each earned a certification stating that they understand the effects of ultraviolet light, various skin types, and how to best maintain and clean the equipment. This means they can recommend the ideal bed to bring out a client's natural color. They deftly apply Tahitian Tan Custom Airbrush tans, giving the sunless pigment a naturally even look, and they also prescribe skincare products to enhance the color, duration, or lotion-y-ness of a tan.
Aesthetician Christina Stratman nourishes skin and enhances features with facials, body wraps, and waxing. She executes these indulgent treatments using Bioelements skincare, GiGi wax, and It Works! wrap products. To complement the pampering, she also provides relaxation massages with hot-towel compresses to relieve pent-up tension.