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.
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.
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.
Heather DiPillo, one-third of Amiche Capelli Salon of Style's ownership team, transforms manes into chic configurations with haircuts, highlights, and coloring services. Brandishing scissors against rogue strands and kamikaze flyaways bent on sinking the entire 'do, DiPillo snips and styles manes before dousing tresses with a pop of partial highlights or an all-over color glaze. Amiche Capelli's stylists dole out their dome-transforming services in the salon's urban-inspired confines, where modern art contrasts with exposed bricks, and discarded locks vie for a second chance from the cutting room’s tiled floor.
Seasoned stylist Christina Heinen doesn't chalk her friendly nature up to mere professionalism—she sincerely enjoys the time she spends making her clients beautiful. She and her 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.
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.
The staff at the newly opened Vina Valencia Salon & Day Spa are professionals with scissors. Experienced stylists cut off split ends, create fame-framing layers, and saturate strands of hair with luxurious color with as much ease as they create paper snowflakes for clients who know the secret word of the day. They are surrounded by beauty icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor that adorn fleur-de-lis-clad wallpaper, and warm modern lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling.