When Inner Essence Spa and Wellness Center was just a twinkle in her eye, licensed massage therapist Shana Bernier dreamed of owning a business that would cater to both health and beauty concerns under one roof. Now that her dream has become a reality, Shana works alongside a staff of certified aestheticians and fellow massage therapists to curate an extensive list of renewing services. Wraps, ionic footbaths, and other body treatments coax toxins from the body’s hiding places and work to rid insides of fat and cellulite. Waxing, facials, and exfoliating scrubs tend to the body’s all-important outer layer, leaving skin glowing like a lava lamp dipped in plutonium.
Staffed by a team of creative styling professionals and stocked with high-quality haircare and skincare products, 221 Post A Salon is a hub of fashionable makeovers. Stylists build upon their skillful scissor work with coloring, glazing, foils, and Brazilian hair-smoothing treatments. Skincare specialists add a personal touch to their facials with skin analysis and neck, shoulder, and scalp massages. Amid pastel purple walls and chic furniture, manicurists fuss about fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and bridal parties prepping for the cameras can opt for styling and makeup applications—as well as free beverages and pastries for groups of more than five.
There are plenty of reasons to arrive early at Glam Spa. Prior to appointments, clients can take tours, sip beverages, or relax during a mini-spa treatment—all while enjoying soothing aromas and the sounds of soft instrumental music. Then it's on to private rooms, where the spa team administers brow waxes, blueberry peels, medical-grade microdermabrasion treatments, lemon-drop body polishes, and acupressure massages.
It’s hard to reverse clipped curls or dyed hair. That's why the stylists at Dahlia's Beauty Salon make sure they‘re on the same page as their clients before they set to work. After personally greeting each person at the door, they consult with patrons about their hair aspirations and their secret wish to be addressed as "Commodore.” At every hair station, full-body mirrors rest against eggnog-hued walls, and customers get to relax in modern salon chairs during haircuts, perms, highlights, and keratin hair-straightening treatments.
Stress and worry wilt under the attentions of YD Spa's classic day-spa treatments. In massage rooms, petals plucked from only the "he loves me" sections of the flower pepper crisp white sheets, waiting for clients to bask in a wide array of modalities. Facials might draw on the advanced anti-aging properties of G.M. Collin serums or organic ingredients such as invigorating tea-tree oil. Flowing drapery stands sentry around plush recliners at the mani-pedi station, where nail technicians cloaked in white beautify claw sprouts with the aid of hot cream massage. Staff ensure intrafamily as well as full-body harmony by treating tagalongs younger than 12 to free nail art, adorning hands with beautiful butterflies or helpful times tables.
The professional stylists at Captiva Salon Paul Mitchell beautify men and women with cuts, color, and other haircare services. At the lather lounge, a ceiling-to-floor water wall pairs with relaxing music for a soothing experience as stylists perform cleansing scalp massages. Haircuts end with a finishing style and recommendations for at-home care that are more practical than sleeping standing up for a week to avoid bedhead. The salon's color bar showcases a veritable library of tress hues, and the rest of the interior sparkles with egg-like hanging lights, wooden styling stations, and mocha-colored molded ceilings.