Scattered throughout the peninsula, Natalie Salon Inc.'s five locations each house a team of specialists who pamper and beautify guests during nail, waxing, hair, and facial services. Staffers make over bodies from head to toe, rejuvenating faces with facials and treating dull talons to manicures and pedicures. They hone in on hair all over the body, waxing away unwanted fur, arranging lackluster strands into stylish coiffures, and tinting eyebrows to match recently dyed locks or recently dry-cleaned banana suits.
DermaBella Day Spa & Salon's massage therapist relaxes tight-knotted cords of muscle through the soothing strokes of Swedish massage. Deft hands deliver Swedish massages in 60- or 90-minute variations, sweeping over backs in varied long and short movements to smooth the motion of creaky joints, increase blood flow, and prevent midday avalanches from rock-encrusted shoulders. Massages are tailored to fit the needs of individuals struggling after a hard day of sleeping on a keyboard or letting children dance on their back.
Experienced stylists at MAHRZ the Salon offer a variety of hair and waxing services for ultimate beautification. Using high-quality products, including MAHRZ's own refillable hair-product line, lady locks are cut and blown dry ($65–$70), converting shags to bobs and vice versa. Gracious gents can get stylish trims ($55–$70) while their mop-topped offspring are spruced up ($45 for children under 13) for medical middle-school photos. Known for their dazzling highlights ($150+ for full head) and specialty colors ($60+), MAHRZ's pigment professionals overhaul hair to match the changing seasons and Cosby sweaters. Trained aestheticians are also on hand to wax eyebrows ($18) and upper lips ($10), ridding faces of sweeping hairs that interfere with morning paper reading.
Candles, ornamental artwork, and the occasional seashell set the scene at Serene Serenity, a spa whose name basically says it all. Here, certified massage therapists and licensed aestheticians tend to mind and body with services that are at once relaxing and uplifting. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages loosen up muscles and relieve discomfort, while hydrating facials repair damaged skin and any cursed marks left behind by wizards. Serene Serenity also offers contouring body wraps, as well as reflexology treatments for the feet.
At age 14, Geniana Neto whipped up her first homemade mask from peaches, papaya fruit, and honey to help clear her bother’s oily skin. The experiment piqued her interest in fixing dermal issues and led to a career as a licensed aesthetician, certified advanced-chemical-peel therapist, and hydrafacial-resurfacing specialist. She started Hydro Mystic Skin Studio to help others suffering from excess oil, acne, and other stubborn issues. She also removes unwanted hair on upper lips, tongues, and eyebrows using a choice of soft or hard wax.
A large flat-screen TV resides at one end of Donna Salon, entertaining clients as they sit before mirrored stations or underneath hair dryers. Floral bouquets add a touch of tranquility as technicians revamp manes with cuts and color. Elsewhere, they perform invigorating facials and customize digits with nail art in the form of hearts, stars, or grocery lists.