The talented staff of stylists and aestheticians at Ahead of the Curve provides customers with a variety of top-notch beautification services. Peruse a variety of quality hair, nail, and skin products from Kenra, American Crew, Biolage, and OPI before spiffing up noodle nests with a women’s ($25) or men’s ($17) haircut. Add a dash of color to grayscale mop tops with a single-color process ($50), or prepare for a special occasion with a classy updo ($40), which will certainly make a better impression than last year’s trendy cat hat made of a single, live, disgruntled cat. Melt away stress like a pocketful of popsicles with a one-hour massage ($50), or pamper finger and toe shingles with a manicure ($20) and express pedicure ($30).
As an Aveda concept salon, Urbane specializes in transforming weathered soul sacks into fetching fleshoskeletons with a wide range of quality salon and spa services. Stash away the tubs of butter, and instead moisturize frontispieces with the 30-minute elemental nature facial ($45+), before spiffing up finger shingles with a French manicure ($27+) that also includes a hand massage and cuticle care. Out-of-control sleepwalkers can snip out fist-sized clumps of bubble gum with a haircut and style ($23–$45), while speed-seeking daredevils can get a leg up on local soapbox races with a streamlining brow or upper lip waxing ($13+).
Oasis Massage and Spa offers a wide range of soothing massages and rejuvenating facials in an aesthetically peaceful spa atmosphere. During a 60-minute massage ($63), the mitten fillers of a master massage therapist will skate smooth circles and figure eights on back surfaces, boosting circulation, oxygenating muscles, and promoting peacefulness with your choice of technique. Battle pockets of pressure with a deep-tissue massage, rejuvenate muscles with a sports massage, and expose bodies to blissful relaxation without taking a dip in a hot tub of Silly String thanks to a Swedish massage. Each 60-minute facial ($65) sheds complexion-battering layers of dead skin while polishing mugs with services such as a chemical peel, an anti-aging facial, and a thoroughly masculine men’s face treatment. Relax while treating fleshoskeletons to some overdue pampering with today’s stress-blasting Groupon.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Microdermabrasion facial
Brands Used: Pevonia, Berodin wax, and Visual Changes
Pro Tip: Please allow enough time for your appointment so you can fully relax.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
My signature service is the luxury microdermabrasion facial. This relaxing treatment starts off with an exfoliating salt scrub and warm towels for the feet. Next, I provide a consultation and thoroughly cleanse the face. After crystal microdermabrasion exfoliates and smooths the skin, I massage a gentle papaya and pineapple enzyme into the skin under steam to dissolve any leftover flakiness. I use warm towels to remove this treatment before applying a final hydrating mask and performing a luxurious foot and leg massage. The facial concludes with water and chocolate.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
Microdermabrasion is my favorite treatment because it gives immediate results that you can see and feel.
In addition to scissors or clippers, your stylist may pull out a razor. Learn what it does with Groupon?s look.
Shears are often considered the tool of the trade, but stylists carry an oft-forgotten but equally important tool in their arsenal?the straight razor. Deciding which one to use depends on a variety of factors, the texture and density of your hair chief among them. Though shears can create virtually any style from any angle, the result is always a straight, blunt cut?lending the hair definition but potentially making it look thick. A razor, on the other hand, cuts with a single fine blade, forming a softer, feathered appearance more akin to a peacock's majestic bouffant.
For people with fine to medium hair with a fairly smooth texture, this can create a dynamic, tossable style with lots of movement. If you have coarse or very fine hair, however, scissors might still be the better bet, as the razor might end up making it frizzy. Curly hair raises somewhat of a dilemma; though its coarse texture seems to demand shears, the tendency for ringlets to accumulate as a single, thick mass means a razor might be able to reduce the hair's weight and boost its movement and playfulness.