Shelby Austin wrangles unruly strands with great ease. Working from inside Ella Bloom Salon and Spa, she snips off unwanted length and breathes new life into monochromatic locks with eye-catching highlights or strategically arranged holiday lights. As a L’Oréal Professionnel salon, Shelby furnishes all services with high-end products from brands such as L’Oréal, Brazilian Blowout, and Racoon International.
At the recently opened Autumn Ridge Day Spa, expert staff members perform skincare services and massages and apply body wraps and cosmetics. Using Murad and Image products, aestheticians exfoliate faces with microdermabrasion and better the body with back facials and essential-oil wraps. Waxing technicians remove unwanted hair from a range of areas—including the soul—manicurists tend to fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and beauticians apply permanent cosmetics or eyelash extensions . Licensed massage therapists untie knotted backs with 14 massage modalities including Swedish, sports, Russian, deep tissue, and trigger-point therapy.
A team of four sunny stylists pampers heads at Shear Elegance Salon. Recently opened, the simple, cozy space is made elegant by wood floors, a huge black-and-white flower print, and big, round styling mirrors like portholes looking onto transformed styles for women, men, and kids. In addition to cuts and waxing, staff add color with Inoa dyes, formulated without ammonia to be odor-free and leave scalps feeling as good as the soft, shiny strands covering them look, while still preserving that clean-scalp smell clients love.
Relik Salon and Spa's stylists skillfully enhance tresses with products from Davines and Brocato, earning places as the No. 7 Best Hair Salon and No. 4 Best Hair Color on KLS’s 2012 A Lists. Floors of smooth grey slate and walls hung with textural artwork give the space an edgy, modern feel. Besides hair services, staffers also remove unwanted hair with waxing and create fuller lashes with lash extensions and daily watering.
Mandalyn Academy trains beauty professionals in everything from basic aesthetics to permanent makeup. While they're perfecting their craft, the students can give guests a new look with lash extensions, mani-pedis, and elegant hair styles in the on-site spa and salon. Throughout the treatments, students are supervised by an experienced instructor who can help ensure every facial, laser treatment, and spray tan is a work of art.
Oxygen doesn't just grow on trees. It has to be cultivated by skilled farmers like those at Solase, who have harnessed its restorative properties to pair them with a dynamic array of therapeutic massage techniques. After muscles melt under shiatsu strokes or deep-tissue pressure, clients can enjoy a sturdy jolt of 40% O2 at the oxygen bar, available in such tantalizing scents as mango, pumpkin, watermelon, and new-yacht smell. Solase also offers an array of beautifying treatments, ranging from brow waxing and eyelash tinting to chemical peels and indulgent facials.