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.
At Refresh Center for Wellness & Cosmetic Therapy, there’s an on-staff specialist for almost every aesthetic need. Two registered nurses perform Botox and dermal-filler injections, and two Xtreme Lashes stylists apply extensions to peepers. The staff also includes licensed massage therapists and makeup artists, all of whom make use of green products free of parabens, artificial dyes, sulfates, and cooties. At the helm of the ship is Dr. Afser Shariff, a board-certified surgeon tasked with overseeing all noninvasive cosmetic procedures.
Paula K. Sampson knows a thing or two about physical pain. After all, she has spent the past 30 years finding new ways to relieve it. A nationally certified therapist, Sampson has a full arsenal of massage techniques designed to ease stress and tension. One of her specialties is Doctor Vodder's manual lymph-drainage massage, which drains excess fluid from tissue to help detoxify the body. To stay at the forefront of her profession and brush up on developments in the quadratic formula, Sampson attends at least two educational seminars per year.