Framed artwork lines light green walls inside Unique Day Spa, creating a tranquil atmosphere complete with live, self-aware plants and a living room–like waiting area. Guests relax inside private treatment rooms, where specialists rejuvenate bodies with services such as relaxing massages, moisturizing seaweed facials, and skin-softening callus treatments.
Sensibilities Salon's experienced stylists sculpt, dye, or straighten strands using a variety of upscale products including sulfate- and paraben-free J Beverly Hills. Guests breeze through the airy salon entryway, swinging Tarzan-style from minimalist light fixtures into the arms of a modern styling chair for a consultation about their impending service. During a men's or women's signature cut, stylists snips forked ends and imbue each hair fiber with its own individual sense of style and a close-fitting suit jacket. Patrons can supplement cuts with partial or full highlights, opting for a natural-looking color enhancement or bolder hairdo embellishment. Salon-goers suffering from unwieldy hair, overrun with frizz and curls, can straighten out wayward strands in a CHI keratin treatment, lasting two–three hours. The formaldehyde-free formula provides up to nine months of smooth relief from unwanted ringlets, waves, and hair that twists into the dancing geometrical shapes of a Hitchcock film's opening credits.
The bright-pink walls and the pops of zebra-print fabric inside Dazzling Diva Day Spa are the first hint that it's not exactly a traditional spa; the sight of guests strutting down an in-house runway is the most obvious. These clues are in line with Dazzling Diva–founder Angela Robbins's vision of creating a party space for guests of all ages, where sassy services would not only beautify, but also inspire confidence. Inside, girls relax as spa technicians slick on nail polish, apply makeup, or layer on masks of chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla. Then, the girls raid the diva dressing room to outfit themselves for a stroll down the catwalk.
Hair grows roughly 6 inches per year—40 feet in a lifetime. That's a lot of hair. Southern Girl Salon's owner, Sharletha Gatyen, takes the weight off with her expert styling services. Clients can request a simple trim or seek full hair renewal with a stylish cut, a smoothing relaxer, or bold semipermanent color.
Over her 12-year career, Sheana Francis has amassed a bounty of skill in beautifying hands and feet with luxurious manicures and pedicures. After she performs the refining and softening steps of each of her treatments, customers can opt to go one of two ways. They can keep things natural with a plain buff and shine, a radiant application of CND nail polish, or a solid or patterned Minx overlay. For a more dramatic effect, guests can go for Bio Sculpture gel nails, which add elegant length while strengthening the natural nail and striking fear into nearby chalkboards. Sheana also calls on Beauticontrol formulas for a range of skincare services, and travels to homes to perform mobile spa parties.