Hair care services should be relaxing, something the experienced staff of Mélange: A Modern Salon makes sure of when they treat each client to their signature shampoo and scalp massage steeped in tea tree oil, peppermint, and lavender. The soothing pre-cut and color service sets clients at ease before they surrender their strands to mane masters who wield handpicked Paul Mitchell products within a space accented with hardwood floors, invigorating lighting, and scissors whispering style pointers to new coiffures. Hair-smoothing services such as the KeraTriplex formula hydrates and fortifies fragile strands while the well-stocked Paul Mitchell color bar provisions new hues for guests looking to complement their skin tone or match a favorite hexadecimal code.
Amber Sam knows what it takes to do a complete 180. Once an overweight banker with little energy, she decided to change her life by employing healthful habits and stress-busting therapies, an effort that resulted in an 80-pound weight loss and heightened control of her diabetes. Seeing what these treatments could do for her, she left her job and opened Renew Wellness Spa, where she and her staff of licensed massage therapists inspire clients to make more healthful choices and encourage disease prevention.
In a private room enveloped in the soothing aromas of essential oils, herbs, and flower essences, a massage therapist employs long, languid strokes to relieve stress and improve circulation. In a different location, an ionic footbath works to detoxify bodies and keep little piggies from gorging on roast beef. Elsewhere, colon hydrotherapy aims to improve digestion and nutrient absorption. Staffers also prepare custom plans for those in their Wellness Works membership program, which includes amenities such as a quarterly consultation and discounts on most treatments.
Gould's was voted the city's best day spa and best hair salon in 2013 by the Memphis Flyer, and Commercial Appeal. Today, the inveterate salon and spa now grants clients with an exciting new relaxation experience through Gould's Massage Express.
Licensed massage therapist Rochelle Richardson unravels knots of tension from bodies and polishes skin to a radiant sheen at Utopia. Five long, flowing strokes harmonize to create symphonic Swedish massages, whose manual movements re-tune muscle fibers and enhance circulation of vital fluids by streamlining circulatory system bureaucracies. Healing palms glide gently over swollen, tender tissues and knead deep internal pretzels, whereas fingers rhythmically tap, vibrate, and rout out stubborn stiffness with increased local friction. Bodies limp with relaxation leap from the massage table with the ease of an acrobat and may notice that taut joints have loosened up and developed a sense of humor once relieved of physical stressors.
Schonheits Salon & Spa’s talented cosmetologists transform men and women of humble countenances into glowing counts and countesses with a number of facial services. The one-hour European facial melds the time-honored techniques of Old-World aesthetics with modern-day technological upgrades. After an expert analysis of a client's skin’s traits—including its texture, tone, and number of USB ports—Schonheits' façade-furbishers will customize the gentle storm of lotions and exfoliants to the client's needs. As ramshackle skull-hulls get rejuvenated, stiff shoulders and necks melt beneath a stress-relieving rubdown, and arm endings undergo an extended massage followed by a few minutes inside a pair of hot mitts.
Most salons don’t have a kitchen table in the middle of the room. Then again, most salons don’t serve caviar. This luxurious appetizer is the namesake of Caviar Hair Studio & Spa and is available with several of the treatment packages, accompanied by sparkling glasses of champagne. Amidst the polished chrome and sleek leather of the salon’s treatment chairs, a team of six stylists, all Paul Mitchell-trained, beautify and soothe clients with an assortment of services. Locks bask in highlights, scalp treatments, and updos, and a fleet of massage modalities—such as deep tissue, hot stone, and Swedish—assist shoulders and backs in releasing tension more effectively than shouting obscenities out of their deltoid muscles.