Through a façade of tall windows, past a front desk made of repurposed wood beams, and beyond rows of glittering jewelry, stylists deftly manipulate shears inside Shag & Garnish's bright, semiprivate stations. Lofty steel beams reach upward to meet with the high ceiling, while an interior nearly entirely compose of items made from recycled, repurposed materials stretches below. The salon's team of attentive stylists sculpt the coifs of men, women, and children, and supplement trims with prismatic color applications, Brazilian-straightening treatments, and up-do stylings that provide extra storage when carrying a small purse. In addition to offering a variety of hair-centric services, the salon also curates a collection of vintage and modern jewelry, and accessories.
After earning her bachelor's degree in health sciences, Kneaded Relief owner Sarah Satterwhite felt another passion tugging at her life—her passion for massage therapy. So, she went back to school and earned her certification as a massage therapist before settling down and starting her family. Today, she has returned to the massage world with other skills in hand, including those necessary to render facials and body treatments. Sarah specializes in three modalities: relaxation and its firm but soothing touch, therapeutic and its fast-paced medium-pressure strokes, and deep tissue, which coaxes out feelings of stress caused by their boss, the brain—or as the nervous system calls it, the lead singer of the E Street Band.
Dr. Grant Koher and his staff of savvy technicians, who share more than 140 years of experience between them, have treated patients who’ve lost hair as a result of genetic or medical conditions for three decades. The doctor primarily performs hair transplantations, but his roster of solutions also includes nonsurgical methods, such as cold-laser therapy, noninvasive grafting treatments, and a variety of wigs and hair-integration methods. He and his team also work to restore eyelashes and eyebrows lost to overplucking, hormonal imbalances, or overzealous consumption of saganaki.
The consultants at Jill's Beach want to help patrons achieve a sun-kissed tan without overexposing their skin. So the state-certified consultant recommend tanning booths depending on the person's skin type and tanning goals, whether those are getting more vitamin D or getting a base color before a vacation. They also educate guests about the benefits of tanning lotions, which often include anti-aging and anti-cellulite ingredients. For those who prefer a sprayed-on color, the experts can direct them to Mystic Tan booths or introduce them to a local graffiti artist.
After the hustle and bustle of Queens, New York, stylist Colleen searched for a new place that she and her hair studio could call home. She settled on the more laid-back lifestyle in Raleigh, and brought some of New York City's talented designers and colorists with her to transform clients' looks at Style & Elegance Designers. She prioritizes both the health and beauty of the hair, providing a variety of services with innovative products. Colleen cares for hair with designer cuts and restorative conditioning treatments and fortifies strands with weaves, extensions, and keratin-building motivational speeches.
At Pure Medical Spa, certified technicians, nurses, and surgeons combine their skills to treat patients' aesthetic needs with minimally invasive medical services. Like replacing makeup with magic markers, injectable dermal fillers such as Botox and Juvederm help faces look younger. Technicians also wield lasers to maintain bodies with laser hair removal, spider-vein removal, and facial photorejuvenation, and aestheticians perform peels and services such as waxing and microdermabrasion.
Spending time at a Raleigh day spa provides amenities to suit most tastes. A day of pampering is not only relaxing, it can be an investment in overall health and well-being.
Numerous salons in Raleigh provide massage and body treatments as well as skincare services, including Posh Salon 104 on Atlantic Avenue and Finesse Salon and Spa on Old Wake Forest Road. Many of Raleigh’s spas offer medical spa treatments, including microdermabrasion, fat-grafting or transfer, and liposuction services. Blue Water Spa on Raven Ridge Road is one of these. This Raleigh day spa specializes in laser treatments, including vein removal and skin tightening. Anti-aging facials and microdermabrasion promise youthful results for its clientele.
Synergy Spa on Glenwood also takes a medical approach, offering botox, fillers, clinical skincare, and body therapy. The setting is serene, with muted earth tones and rich, textured décor greeting Synergy Spa’s clientele. Although the treatment goes beyond the cosmetic, the overall mood is subdued and calming. Skin Sense on Falls of Neuse Road tempts clients with a skin “gym” and offers specialized services for teens, including deep-pore cleaning facials and back massage treatments. Modern Enhancement Salon and Day Spa offers Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue massages. This Raleigh massage salon also boasts invigorating scalp massages and popular chair massages. Staff bios on their website, providing credentials and background, lend a businesslike sense to an esthetic experience.
Massage is the primary focus at Absolute Body Balance located on Six Forks Road; this facility serves those seeking therapeutic, sports, medical, prenatal, and relaxation treatments. Their philosophy is that massage is therapeutic for headaches and chronic pain, enhancing overall well-being. Many Raleigh hair salons are expanding into day spas to offer everything from relaxing massage through medical spa treatments. A day at one of the Raleigh’s many unique day spas can be an investment in more than superficial pampering.