A Cut Above Hair Studio is a Redken Elite Salon. That means the on-staff hairstylists, colorists, nail technicians, and skincare specialists not only boast years of practice, but they do their diligence to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques.
Over on the salon side, stylists provide designer cuts personalized to each client; they'll add color, give hair shape and volume, or straighten it to create a look that suits their client's individual features and lifestyle. Skincare services are just as personalized—during the custom spa facial, aestheticians employ warm towels, toners, moisturizers, and steam to wrestle out whatever blemishes are interfering with skin's natural radiance. Massages and body wraps round out the pampering services, offering respite from stresses such as work deadlines or trying to get your dog to eat your homework.
For founder Brandi Kirk, the creation of a facility that promotes mental and physical well-being for its visitors represents the realization of her life's dream. Kirk Center for Healthy Living accomplishes this dream by employing physical therapists that specialize in treating pelvic complications for men and women. Additionally, the facility helps to keep minds and bodies fit by hosting yoga and Pilates classes for students seeking a guided workout in a small-group setting.
Specialists in massage and reflexology—including Andrea Carli, who promotes healthy organ and gland function throughout the body by manipulating reflex points on the hands and feet—employ a number of soothing and therapeutic modalities as they gingerly relieve stress-laden musculature with the confidence of Warren Buffett during a game of Monopoly.
The staff and state-certified massage therapists at Heavenly Massage have left no stone unturned when it comes to their clients’ relaxation. At each Heavenly Massage location, the music, lighting, and decor all serve the same goal of enhancing peace of mind. Though massages—ranging from hot stone to lymphatic drainage—are the signature service, the staff also offers nailcare, skincare, waxing, and body treatments.
Ocean Spa & Massage may be hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but that doesn't stop the staff from trying to recreate the experience of lounging on an exotic beach. They largely succeed, thanks to a treatment menu that features relaxing massages, body waxing, and mani-pedis to go along with a full list of indulgent skin treatments. One of those treatments—the detoxifying mud cocoon—draws out impurities and induces metamorphosis with an application of warm mud followed by a thermal wrap.
The staff at Healthy Foot Spa focuses on the age-old method of reflexology, a form of massage that applies pressure to specified areas of the feet believed to trigger self-healing mechanisms in the rest of the body. Rows of plush spa chairs and massage beds sprawl behind floral shoji screens in earth-toned rooms, as practitioners work the feet—as well as the hands and back—to improve mental and physical health and reduce stress caused by tough jobs such as proofreading eye-exam charts.
When Seida Chapa opened her own salon, she staffed it with trained stylists who inject industry trends into their menu of services. In addition to haircuts and color treatments, they calm frizzy tresses with keratin and chemical straightening treatments. Spa specialists can give collagen a boost, expel fat, and improve circulation with Bioslimming wraps, and aesthetic specialists use glycolic-acid peels to help subdue wrinkles, dead skin cells, and large pores. Eyelash extensions and eyebrow threading make peepers pop, as do traditional and permanent makeup services. Staffers also primp hands and feet with mani-pedis, or craft custom wigs made out of human hair harvested from John Stamos's immortal scalp.