Kitty Vink brings more than two decades of beauty experience to her work at Le Cheval Day Spa. As owner of this full-service oasis, she is well acquainted with skincare techniques, laser hair removal, and permanent cosmetics. It was on an educational trip to Hong Kong that she learned about the Chinese footbath—a 20-minute herbal steep followed by a 10-minute massage. This luxurious treatment can be found on the spa's extensive menu, which also includes ear candling, teeth whitening, and mani-pedis.
Envy Salon's team of beauty professionals touches up appearances through hair-styling and nail-grooming services. The staff shows off their expertise while performing mani-pedis that call on the power of a nail file and colorful polish to trim rogue cuticles and ho-hum keratin, and hair designers snip and streak strands to accent facial features. With any service, the staff will retouch makeup and add a lip-gloss shine by applying MAC products instead of having clients kiss a disco ball.
Large wood-framed mirrors rest against the salon’s rustic stone walls, which technicians use to test the strength and pitch of newly rounded nails. Before appointments, customers plop down on red leather couches and bask in the glow of lights strung through wooden planks overhead.
Personal trainers Andrew Decker and Matthew Thorton co-own TitanUp Fitness, aiming to provide their clients with an intimate studio experience that emphasizes individual attention in a group setting. Their classes include cardio weight training, intense boot-camp-style classes with elements from the Navy Seal training program, and power vinyasa yoga. The fitness duo also specializes in women's toning, building lean muscle, and fat loss.
Even before taking their place on the massage table or in a heated pedicure chair, customers who walk into Elite Salon & Day Spa have a sense of the luxurious relaxation they can expect. They're greeted with complimentary beverages before being ushered into softly lit private rooms where candles flicker, and stress is submerged under a wash of relaxing music. Among other services, aestheticians improve skin with facials that use Repêchage products, a seaweed-based line manufactured in the United States. For those who need a getaway from family responsibilities or a stressful job turning the sun on and off every day, spa packages sequester guests in serenity for three to seven hours.
Sheila's Skin & Nail Spa's licensed aesthetician Sheila Lee coaxes inner beauty outward with a menu of revivifying services, including stress-sapping body wraps and customized facials. Bandages steeped in moor mud and essential oils swaddle patrons during the lavender stress-away wrap, with a signature aroma that soothes the high-strung while boosting circulation and setting skin aglow. Alternatively, the target ab wrap's firming properties flatten stretch marks left by growth spurts or swallowed accordions while entrenched toxins high-tail it from their corporeal encampments.
De Javu Salon's current staff brings decades of experience to a business that has snipped and styled hair for Jacksonville's men, women, and children for more than 30 years. With continual training and certifications from the likes of Goldwell and Paul Mitchell, the professionals possess the knowhow to revamp looks not only with stylish haircuts, but also color, highlights, and strand-smoothing keratin treatments. To complement their signature salon services, aestheticians tend to the rest of the body by administering facials, tending to nails, and waxing away unwanted hair.