The sound of a glass-wall waterfall lends a zen-like feel to Compliments at A Hilton Salon & Spa. Inside, a team of aestheticians, stylists, and massage therapists stands ready to pamper and polish. Stylists call upon the knowledge gleaned from ongoing monthly training sessions as they craft custom looks with cuts and coloring treatments. Technicians point the way toward pipeless, sanitized whirlpool tubs and heated massage chairs where manicures, microdermabrasion treatments, and other skincare services vivify complexions. The spa also offers airbrush tanning and waxing, as well as extended evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Named after owner and stylist Alison Hilton, the boutique is affiliated neither with Hilton Hotels and Resorts nor World War II?code-breaking mathematician Peter John Hilton
For more than 15 years, Artistic Hair Salon has helped to transform the hair and nails of its clients with salon and manicure services. Inside the salon, flooded with natural light, the skilled staff applies foil highlights to manes, long-lasting shellac polish to nails, and deftly removes unwanted facial and body hair with waxing services. In addition, aesthetician Lauren McDowell uses her beauty skills to revitalize the skin of her clients, deploying facial peels, performing microdermabrasion, and smoothing on acne-fighting masks that help to banish blemishes.
Natural light floods through floor-to-ceiling windows at Shear Vanity Hair and Nail Salon, shedding a warm glow on robin-egg-blue curtains, leather furniture, and honey-colored walls. In this cozy environs, skilled stylists—each with more than 15 years of experience—renovate strands with expert scissor work and color products. Guests may also solicit a nail technician for a champagne mani-pedi or UV color polish to make evening stars jealous.
As any of the pitmasters at HEK Yeah BBQ can tell you, to get quality barbecue, you need to start with equally good ingredients. That's why the chefs source as many of their ingredients as possible from local vendors who practice natural, organic farming and meat-raising methods. Once these ingredients are all assembled, the chefs make everything from the sauces to sides and barbecue in house from scratch. Their specialty is shredded beef brisket, which pitmasters cook for 18 hours to ensure it has the proper, tender texture. Alongside brisket, they smoke links of sausage as well as cuts of pork and chicken, which will eventually be pulled straight off the bone and onto sandwiches.
The staff puts just as much time into the sides and desserts that complete meals. They top cavatappi pasta with scoops of green-chili-infused cheese sauce, and smother fresh-cut fries with a similar green-chili queso and bacon. On the dessert end, baker Heather concocts different Southern desserts every day, such as caramel swirl brownies. To finish meals, two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream can be added to any of the shop's Hansen's all-natural sodas.
Let's say that the nail techs at Martino Hair, Nail & Skin Salon perform 20 mani-pedis a day, six days a week. Over the course of 23 years in business, that's more than 126,000 manicures and pedicures. During the treatments, nails are buffed, trimmed, filed, and topped off with clients' preferred nail color, in basic or no-chip treatments. All services are conducted in order to make clients feel comfortable and relaxed while their nails are shaped and painted.
But Martino Hair, Nail & Skin Salon does more than imbue guests' nails with a touch of glamour. The salon's beauty experts wax away unwanted hair and tailor facial treatments to individuals' unique skincare needs, and the stylists artfully trim and style locks. With makeup applications, aestheticians can enhance clients' features?or transform a glum scarecrow into a sassy dinner date.
Done in tasteful cream and beige, Salon Estique at Uptown Plaza salon offers a signature, somewhat exclusive Bumble and bumble Aveda Invati Treatment, though even the most basic services include a thorough consultation, scalp treatment, light massage and product consultation. Spiral wraps and perm come either curly or straight, while color corrections can make anyone a natural beauty after the three to five hour service. There’s something for everyone, such as men’s grooming, children’s cuts and manicures, and even teen facials, all of which can be found at the salon’s bright, wood-lined space on Camelback Road. Extra touches here also impress, such as complimentary bang trims, neck trims and styling lessons between regular appointments.