In 1993, Les Arthur Bauman finally realized his dreams of opening his own salon, which he called Arturo's. He had two stylists, some shears, and not much else, but he worked hard to build the business. While he got the salon up and running, his son, Jes Bauman, became the second generation of the family to pursue hair as art, pursuing an education in New York. Eventually, Jes returned to Orlando to help his father and, ultimately, to take over the studio. He renamed the business J. Bauman Salon, but he preserved the family tradition of expanding the customer base, one expertly cut head of hair at a time.
To date, Jes has accrued more than 20 years of experience and has built up a talented stable of more than 20 stylists. His team constantly snips, colors, and extends hair at 17 stations spread throughout the now-upscale salon. The decor has matured alongside the business. It blends dark hardwood floors with high ceilings fitted with bright, recessed bulbs, which are ideal for helping stylists focus on their work rather than those mysterious shadows looming in the corner.
The Spa's focus on customer satisfaction and relaxation has gained the staff recognition from the press, including a nod in Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando 2011 list. Its vast menu of spa services runs a soothing gamut from traditional western massage to Dermalogica skincare treatments, as well as extravagant spa packages designed for men and women.
About once a month, or whenever the original cast of Footloose shows up, The Spa cranks up the tunes and opens up its hardwood floors for dancing during happy-hour spa parties. The themed shindigs pair lavish massages or facials with a nightclub ambiance of cocktails and activities such as gambling tables or oxygen bars.
A Healing Massage Room’s Leslie Heinricher goes where she is needed. Some days, she whisks to an injury clinic to assist car-accident victims; others, she appears at spas, robed in the aromatic mist of essential oils. Leslie wards off pain and suffering with therapeutic strokes honed at the Florida School of Massage. Her Swedish massages fight tension with gentle taps and circular motions that dislodge knots and boost blood flow. She custom-blends soothing techniques including neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release to ease pains associated with whiplash, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other ailments. Leslie also specializes in energy treatments such as reiki and polarity therapy, which clear blockages and toll booths interfering with the body’s energy pathways.
Unlike its boisterous neighbors—Universal Studios and Disney World—Abba Heath Spa's massages, body wraps, and deep-cleansing facials strive to instill both body and mind with a sense of calm. Massage modalities range from the lighter Swedish massage that can help improve circulation with gentle kneads and long strokes, to ashiatsu massages where staffers walk carefully along the client's back to release tension. Before undergoing one of Abba's nine skin treatments, staffers consult with client's to determine which techniques would most complement their skin type before using organic products to revitalize both visages and birthday suits. Abba Health Spa is open seven days a week, and while appointments are greatly appreciated, they do welcome walk-ins.
Every face and body has trouble spots. At Laseit Corp, beauty professionals strive to shore up these zones with laser, med-spa, and salon services. In addition to providing laser hair-removal treatments using Candela laser technology, technicians correct sun damage and smooth wrinkles with DOT laser therapy and Fraxel laser skin resurfacing. In the med spa, carboxy therapy treatments target stretch marks, cellulite, and scars, and ultrasound-cavitation treatments liquefy excess fat and pats of butter. In the VIP salon, stylists customize the latest hair trends to suit each customer as nail technicians pamper hands and feet.
At Go Bare! a team of veteran aestheticians elevate their range of traditional spa and waxing services with a carefully curated collection of skincare products made both locally and around the globe. Their Belgian waxes are triple-filtered and infused with zinc and titanium dioxide to minimize redness after hair-removal sessions. For skin nourishment, aestheticians use a physician-developed line of epidermal elixirs hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, where they're made with vitamins and antioxidants. Locally made creams, meanwhile, boast 100% organic blends of mint and chocolate, or vanilla and honey, and are painted across freshly waxed skinscapes to soothe the aches that follow follicular uprooting.