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.
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.
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.
The talented staff members at Salon Serenity, a Paul Mitchell establishment, attend continuing-training courses to keep their techniques up to date and to polish off their beauty-boosting services. The skilled stylists craft unwieldy strands into formal, elegant coiffures ($40+) while makeup artists daub colorful cosmetic products onto blank face canvases ($25). Rather than diving headfirst into a pile of red pistachios, guests can change their hair color at the Paul Mitchell Color Bar with custom hues ($45+) and full-foil highlights ($80+). Meanwhile, other locks revel in their natural glory with a clear-shine treatment ($50+, $25 for clear-shine top coat), and scissors snip away split ends and access inches to create masterpiece manes ($15+ for kids, $20+ for men, $30+ for women). While basking in Salon Serenity’s soothing environment with sleek, wood-paneled floors and pendant lighting, guests are treated to a complimentary sugary scrub, followed by a relaxing hot-towel treatment that leaves skin feeling as soft as new-hatched puppies.
As one of two licensed massage therapists at Therapeutic Professional Group, Amy Stiles calls upon more than a decade of professional massage experience to soothe backs and shoulders. Fluid strokes dissipate stress during 30-, 60-, or 90-minute Swedish massages, and intense, deep-tissue kneading stretches muscles. Stiles can also position hot stones across the back to radiate muscle-mollifying warmth, or concentrate on the neck up by administering scalp massages and professional-level games of peekaboo.:m]]
Though their goal is bronze skin, the team at Bama Tan always has crimson in their hearts. The tanning salon offers a selection of handbags and Crimson Tide merchandise, including T-shirts and jewelry. Once shoppers are stocked up on their fanwear, they can jump into a tanning bed to get a full-body UV tan or step into a Mystic Tan booth for a natural-looking spray tan.