Though their goal is bronze skin, the staffers at Crimson Pride & Tanning always has crimson in their hearts. In addition to all manner of tanning musts, the shop offers a selection of houndstooth handbags and Crimson Tide merchandise, including T-shirts and houndstooth jewelry. Once shoppers are stocked up on their fanwear, they can jump into a tanning bed to get a full-body UV tan.
Beth Murphy, muscle mender at Therapeutic Professional Group, draws on years of experience as she eases aches and pains with several different styles of massage. She and other devoted therapists cultivate serenity during a 30-minute scalp or hand-and-foot massage, and further exorcises stress with a Swedish massage instead of handing out a suitcase of counterfeit money. Deep-tissue massages delve into more intensive muscular therapy, and pregnant women can glean much-deserved relief during a 30- or 60-minute prenatal massage.
The name is musical—“adagio” means to play “at ease”—so it’s fitting that the services at Adagio Body Works and Wellness are meant to work in harmony. Each visit begins with a consultation, during which therapists craft a treatment plan to suit your needs. These plans span from hot-stone massages and facials to mud wraps and scrubs, so clients can emphasize either hydrating their skin or recovering from trapeze accidents involving eating ribs for lunch.
For nearly 30 years, this Tuscaloosa tress fortress has been treating, toning, and trimming tufts using premium Paul Mitchell products. The foil express package opens with a pre-treat, a clarifying process that preps coiffure canvases for individualized painting. After the preliminary pampering, experienced lock-manipulators strategically apply 10–12 highlighting foils, adding oomph to the strands that are the sassiest, most sophisticated, or most likely to shake a maraca. Savvy stylists conclude bristle brightening with a haircut and style finish, which may include iron work and light calisthenics.
Tuscaloosa MedSpa’s staff boasts a board-certified family practitioner and aesthetic laser technician who apply their expertise to pamper bodies with advanced beautifying technology. Laser hair removal begins with a personal consultation to pin down the appropriate area for defuzzing and an ice-breaking game of checkers with a staff member. During each 10- to 15-minute session, the technician bathes the target area with the laser’s warm, red light, which, like a foreman at a wig factory, focuses on the areas producing the most hair. Without the sting of plucking or waxing, the treatment can smooth the surface of the abdomen (a $300 value and treatment), clears the delicate shores of the bikini (a $150 value and treatment), and paves an unimpeded path to the chin (a $50 value and treatment). Afterward, patients are sent home with post-treatment care instructions for their skin type, be it the dainty pelt of a hairless kitten or the durable silk of a mutated man-spider.