The sun spills through the front window, warming the studio's sand-colored tile. A member of Posh Hair Salon and Day Spa's team greets guests as they step through the door, then guides them across the gleaming floor to salon or pedicure chairs upholstered in rich, black leather. Amid these sense-stimulating confines, owner and hairstylist Alana Knight?who lays claim to certification in hair extensions and multiple contributions to News Channel 3's Live at 9?oversees an aesthetics crew that serves the tri-state area through in-studio and mobile services. The team dispenses prettifying procedures, ranging from hairstyling and eyelash extensions to waxing and airbrush tanning, and coordinates services for special events such as weddings, Lil' Diva parties, or get-togethers celebrating voter registration.
Hair care services should be relaxing, something the experienced staff of Belle Ross Salon and Spa 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.
Dr. Mike Foster, a board-certified surgeon, keeps a cool-headed watch over the team at DeSoto Laser Aesthetics as it delivers a roster of rejuvenating med-spa services. Brandishing late-model lasers and Victorian-era laser cozies, the medical aestheticians blast away all manner of blemish, from spider veins and body hair to tattoos and nail fungus, to treat every shade in the skin-tone choir. Nonlaser treatments include crease-fighting injectables and chemical peels, as well as ultrasonic Vaser liposuction. Patients relax in the clinic's olive-toned treatment rooms, admiring the framed floral prints on the walls as their physical flaws melt, vaporize, or crabwalk away.
The stylists at Glam Hair Studio prove equally adept at making small alterations or performing exhaustive makeovers as they beautify clients. They trim and fashion tresses with the help of a certified colorist, drawing bold highlights, layering strands into pageant-ready updos, or combing in KeraSmooth treatments to level out frizz. For those who desire longer locks that look more natural than snipped jump-rope ends, stylists can adhere hair and eyelash extensions. Meanwhile, makeup artists accentuate features with complementary colors, just as spray-tanning technicians coat physiques in a flattering bronze sheen. The salon also features nail services such as mani-pedis, Shellac applications, and acrylic and gel nails.
Gould's Academy was voted the city's best day spa and best hair salon in 2013 by the Memphis Flyer, and Commercial Appeal. Aestheticians re-earn these commendations with ever facial and body treatment they perform, using proven products such as Murad.
When life on the lam plunks you in the middle of an identity comedy worthy of Shakespeare or Voltaire, respond in kind with the proper face and head shaping that will keep your disguise intact. Tame unruly tresses with a trim (starting at $15), or make a pit stop to treat yourself to an express facial ($35) during a particularly tiring shift of delivering plutonium to local captains of industry. Exterminate uninvited body hairs with any of Bombay's regionally specific waxes (starting at $11). Waxing provides a longer-lasting hairlessness than shaving, and when the hair does come back after a few weeks, it's meek, soft, and easily scared back into the follicle with banging pans or the threat of another round of wax.