While obtaining her communication degree, Ashley J. Hirzel knew she wanted to focus her career on helping people. Now a licensed massage therapist and the owner of H&M Open Arms Massage Studio, she leads the charge to physical and emotional wellness with a team of therapists certified in modalities such as pregnancy, deep-tissue, and LaStone massages. Within treatment rooms adorned with Monet-inspired artwork and trompe l?oeil paintings of ornate trees with lanterns, they help clients overcome pain, injury, and stress. Add-ons such as cold-stone therapy, aromatherapy, and foot massages deepen each treatment with their own brand of pampering. The spa?s wraps and scrubs call upon ingredients such as pomegranate and cranberry extracts and European roses to render the skin as smooth as Dean Martin?s voicemail message.
Although Styling Sun-Sations encompasses both a hair salon and a tanning salon, its soft blue and purple walls needn’t strain to accommodate the multitude of services. That’s because the salon recently moved into a spacious, new location after nine years of delivering exceptional haircuts, mani-pedis, and bikini waxes. State-licensed therapists dispense Swedish or therapeutic massages, and on the tanning side, two standup booths and three beds employ UV rays that bronze skin or dispose of botched ice sculptures. An It Works! distributor, the salon also offers body-contouring wraps that tighten skin and minimize the appearance of cellulite using a botanical formula.
Surrounded by exposed brick and clean gray tiles, stylists and estheticians work to pamper guests in the open floor plan of Crimson Renee Salon & Nails. Shampoos, haircuts, and styles work together to create new eye-catching dos, aided by partial or full highlights. Meanwhile, manicures and pedicures tend to nails, as massages soothe muscles.
At Onyx Salon, a talented staff of stylists and aestheticians renovate women's and men's faces, nails, bodies, and ‘dos with masterfully executed services. Their haircuts, coloring services, and Coppola keratin smoothing treatments prompt an instant onslaught of double takes from onlookers and aimless hairnets. Brow and facial waxes de-fuzz mugs for professional makeup applications, and spray tans prep bodies for the beach or provide camouflage for pilfered Olympic gold medals. In addition to their regular beauty-boosting appointments, the stylists host glamour parties, where they gussy up guests with eye-catching hair and makeup before releasing them into the wild for bachelorette parties and nights on the town.
Beauty Bar From the exterior, the early 20th-century farmhouse overflows with colonial charm, its stately white siding climbing three stories, complemented on one side by a tall brick chimney. Inside, Beauty Bar’s lofty 7,000-square-foot salon snaps visitors back into the present with track lighting, immaculate lines, and pine-hued wood floors. Crystal chandeliers hang in the nail room where technicians perform cocktail-inspired mani-pedis with titles such as Limoncello and Pink Martini, and photos of Audrey Hepburn whisper uninvited pointers about buffing and missed polish spots. The custard-hued walls of the lofted third-floor space surround 12 cream-colored styling chairs, where specialists transform coifs with the aid of Bumble and bumble, Pureology, and Beauty Bar's signature concoctions. Private spa spaces provide a serene setting for waxing, massages, and playfully named facials such as the Crybaby and Oh Behave, along with all-over pampering services including body scrubs and aromatherapy steam showers.
As her spa’s name suggests, cosmetologist Angie believes that spa services should do more than simply pamper: they should renew and reenergize the body for life’s daily tasks. Angie’s staff of aestheticians, cosmetologists, and nail technicians shares this philosophy in its treatments that range from classic massages and facials to waxing and hairstyling for men and women. To keep up with their industry’s ever-changing trends, staffers enroll in continuing-education classes that cover fashion, styling, and how to decipher the complex literary schemas in popular magazines.