TN Nails & Spa’s staff pampers guests with the promised nail treatments, but the service menu also catalogs hair, skin, massage, and makeup services. Using the utmost hygienic procedures, nail technicians trim and shape nails and clean cuticles using sanitized nail kits. Hairstylists provide a shampoo and scalp massage before cutting hair and fashioning it into a desired look. The beauty professionals highlight facial features with permanent makeup and lash enhancements that reduce the need for mascara or gunpowder mixed with glitter as a mascara substitute. Meanwhile, aestheticians refresh faces and treat dull, flaky, or acne-prone skin with Dermalogica products.
Spherical lights hang like illuminated snowballs over each private manicure station, casting a soft glow on peach-colored walls, a woodland print, and white tile floors. Amid these modern accents, skilled aestheticians deftly shape and decorate nails with a wide spectrum of color polishes. They also accentuate eyes with lash extensions, nix unflattering fuzz with wax, and scour pores with a rejuvenating facial.
Kindle & Boom's staff of savvy style savants provides a full range of salon services in a professional, contemporary atmosphere. Split up with split ends by escaping to a women's haircut and blow-dry ($60+) appointment, or tame rebellious goggle bushes with an eyebrow wax ($15). A base color ($60+) with partial highlights ($85+) brightens dim-witted locks, and after long road trips, nothing cleans dirty mindshields better than the European facial ($80). If you're looking for the coiffure equivalent of orthodontia, opt for a Japanese straightening treatment ($100+/hour). Brazilian waxing ($40) brings sunny skies to the central region, and even more southerly services such as full-leg waxes ($60) and pedicures ($40) impress short adults and tall babies.
Though reflexology shares much in common with acupuncture, it has its own unique properties and origins. Read on to learn more about the practice.
In the early 20th century, you might have been able to identify patients coming from a reflexology appointment by the clothespins on their fingertips. Today’s reflexologists generally carry out their treatments by hand in a wellness clinic or a massage studio, but the principle remains the same: apply pressure to specific points on the hands, feet, or ears, prompting responses in organs throughout the body.
Similar to acupuncture and acupressure, the practice posits that energy pathways run throughout the body. Reflexology’s system, however, is a bit simpler than Chinese medicine’s complex map of meridians. Envision vertical lines running from each toe up through the leg, joining lines running from each finger up the arm toward the neck and coming together in the head, and you have the body divided into 10 attractively slimming reflexology zones. Within each zone on the palm or—most common in reflexology sessions today—the sole, certain pressure points are thought to correspond to organs, joints, or other tissues elsewhere in the same zone.
Dr. William Fitzgerald—originator of the clothespin technique—began practicing what he called “zone therapy” in 1915. While research has yet to find a concrete link between modern medical thought and the millennia-old idea of imperceptible bodily energy, that doesn't mean reflexology can't be relaxing. Patients can expect the benefits of a treatment to include at least those of a good foot massage: increased circulation, relieved muscle tension, and decreased stress and susceptibility to tickle attacks. Even early proponents of the technique accepted that results might vary from person to person. Writing in 1928, physician Bernard Lust was content with claiming that “the adoption of the method is attended with absolutely no danger or disagreeable results, and may be the means of lengthening short lives and making good health catching.”
For mother-daughter team Margarita Soto and Isabel Osorio, establishing Isabella Hair, Nails & Spa has been their chance to create a tranquil haven for women, men, and kids to escape the chaos of the outside world. The gold color scheme that runs throughout the beauty shop sets customers at ease as a diverse staff of local and international stylists—Columbia-native Margarita boasts more than 25 years of beauty experience—keep hair stylish with roller sets, color treatments, and precision cuts, and aestheticians coax out the radiant glow of each client's complexion with fruit- and multivitamin-infused facials. To further relax patrons, the salon also offers tension-dissolving massages.
The stylists at Studio 355 Hair & Day Spa believe cutting hair is like sculpting, and it shows. Giving careful though to elements such as angle, weight, and movement, their final haircuts flatter clients' face shapes, and never look heavy—even when enhanced with natural-looking extensions. To stay at the forefront of cutting edge hair trends, the team attends regular seminars around the world and the stylists regularly show off their mane-shearing chops at hair-cutting competitions such as the Intercoiffure.
The same artistry shines through in Studio 355's spa services, which range from correcting Cosmedix peels to aromatherapy massages. To leave hands and feet looking their best, they also dole out pedicures enhanced with herbs like organic ginger or jasmine, and perform precise manicures, that never involve shooting at polish hands with a paintball gun.