Working alongside the other creative staff members at Society Salon, nail tech Kim beautifies clients' fingers and toes with a gel polish application, using high-quality polishes from O.P.I. Glitter toes are a specialty and can add a dash of sparkle to all ten toes, while gel polish on your nails help digits resist chips, scratches, and the urge to plunge themselves into freshly frosted cupcakes for weeks on end.
The Paul Mitchell-trained stylists at Ethan Douglas sculpt women’s, men’s, and children’s manes into fashionable coifs. The amiable mop-snippers provide a personalized cut and a thorough blow-dry that fixes newly styled strands into a warm, tangle-free bed for falling acorns. Clients who opt for the Awapuhi deep conditioning treatment will receive the service in a private room where the formula will be applied to the hair, followed up with a blow-dry and style. The gel-based product uses natural keratin protein to smooth flowing follicles, eschewing formaldehyde in favor of an organic aldehyde, which is gentler on most people and most high-school chemistry-lab frogs.
The experienced therapists at Asheville Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork enlist organic products and eclectic modalities from around the globe to help alleviate aches and stress. Staff members knead muscles using ancient techniques such as Hawaiian lomi lomi, which utilizes fluid hand movements on multiple body parts at once, and Thai bodywork, a more intense method designed to increase flexibility. Clients can sip homemade herbal tea as soothing music cultivates an atmosphere as tranquil as a zen garden planted on a cloud.
Amelia Main specializes in makeovers, transforming her human canvases with complexion-brightening treatments or eye-popping lash extensions. So it's fitting that her home salon, Salon 7, has undergone a makeover itself. Though now it comes to life with the sounds of chit chat and the hums of razors, the barbershop-inspired venue once rang with sirens as Reno's 495 Firehouse.
Today, the site gleams with hardwood floors, and has been given a new face decked in local art, which echoes the artistry Amelia puts into each of her services for both men and women. She tailors a roster of facials to her clients' skin, and works to combat the signs of aging with chemical peels and microdermabrasions. She further beautifies faces with makeup applications, and can teach ladies her makeup techniques much more effectively than the professor at clown school ever could.
For more than a decade, licensed massage therapist Cheryl Page has been bringing training to bear against pain and tension with a wide array of massage styles. Cheryl specializes in customizing bodywork to each client's needs, helping shoulders to slacken in relaxation beneath long, flowing Swedish strokes and the firm pressure of deep-tissue techniques. As a reiki practitioner, she also employs natural methods when patrons experience energy imbalances and muscle soreness after protecting favorite geological formations from glaciers. Cheryl also offers CarnioSacral therapy service which effects muscular and other soft tissues, helping to promote balance and direct healing to the neuromusculoskeletal systems.
Dena Marie’s Salon & Spa’s hairstylists specialize in formal updos. Augmented by Lox extensions—crafted from 100% human hair—or held in place by hair balms from Bed Head and Matrix, the formal looks prepare patrons for glitzy events from proms to the salon’s second specialty—weddings.
Their team, which also consists of manicurists, regularly attends continuing-education courses to keep their services up-to-date with the latest beauty trends. Fresh out of the workshops, they turn their shears and dyes toward shaping and coloring manes, and drape frazzled locks with shine during keratin smoothing treatments. They also provide spa treatments that include waxing and paraffin dips that remove dry skin from bodies more effectively than attempting to drive them out by playing annoying music over loudspeakers throughout the night.
Armed with more than 2,200 hours of massage experience, licensed massage therapist Kaleigh Richards of Sierra Body Contouring kneads away stress using a varied arsenal of muscle-relaxing treatments. In the one-hour Swedish and deep-tissue massage, a suite of flowing movements and focused pressure combine to loosen knotted joints, relieve long-felt pains, and make musculature flexible enough to bend and discover toes it never knew it had. Alternatively, the 90-minute rejuvenation massage combines Swedish massage techniques and Bellanina facelift massage to stimulate blood-and-oxygen flow to tired visages, leaving faces with more youthful glows. Faces are further fed with moisturizing botanical lotions that nourish hungry cells without the need for cheeseburger masks.