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Run by a talented support staff of more than 15 beauty experts, Ava's Day Spa eliminates unwanted hairs with waxing services cultivated through more than 25 years of experience. In a 20-minute session, customers can have follicular fuzz removed from facescapes such as the lip, brow, or chin to aid their emotion factory in delivering clear expressions ($15+). Make short work of troublesome tufts on the underarms ($25+) and back ($65+), or prepare for beach season by battling bristles on the bikini line ($35+) or legs ($65+) without the hassle of ceaseless shaving, time-consuming tweezing, or constantly hiding your lower half by burying it in the sand.

9127 W Broad St
Richmond,
VA
US

We are a three sisters in business for over 28 years doing the work personally and with a big Greek Family the entertainment is always free. It is a different experience once you have been to Andres you become a sister not a customer. Love your sisters at Andres Pamela, Elli, Cynthia, Dana, Jenny, Marygrace, & Jennifer

449 Forest Ave
Henrico,
VA
US

Proprietor Mercedes Branch and her team of trained nail technicians pamper paws, scrubbing, trimming, and polishing fingernails to perfection. Each 60-minute manicure starts with a skin-softening soak, followed by a scrub to soothe digits and buff away negative thoughts. Next, a mask is applied to leave hard-wiggling fingers as flawless as a diamond's dream of a utopian society. After warming mitten-fillers in hot towels, Perception's technicians snip, buff, and shine nails to a dazzling tee. Finally, fingertips are painted in a new, vibrant shade with a chip-free shellac polish, strong enough to last up to 14 days through typing, waving, or gloveless walks in sandstorms.

2902 W Cary St.
Richmond,
VA
US

Deep-Tissue Massage: Like Untying Knots Buried in the Sand

Not simply focused on relaxation, deep-tissue massage seeks to relieve muscle pain through intense, deliberate strokes. Check out our guide to know what to expect.

Some entanglements have simple solutions: a wrinkled tablecloth can be smoothed out in minutes with an iron, and an unruly mess of hair needs only a tube of superglue to be set straight forever. But when the fascia?the layer of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates the body?s muscles and bones?gets tied up in knots, it?s time to call in an expert.

?What deep-tissue massage purports to do a lot of the time is mild fascial release, which is kind of warming up the fascia and releasing lactic acid and any other toxins that have built up there,? says Katie O?Reilly, associate editor for DaySpa magazine. To achieve this, the therapist?s fingers, thumbs, and elbows move along the body in slow, deliberate strokes, applying pressure to penetrate beyond superficial muscle layers and relieve pain and tension. More intense than Swedish massage, deep-tissue sessions can last up to 90 minutes, ensuring the therapist has enough time to devote to particularly troublesome trigger points.

Conventional wisdom states that a proper deep-tissue massage should be at least a little painful. This ?no pain, no gain? mentality, however, doesn't totally apply?a massage, no matter how intense, should still be relaxing, and O'Reilly notes, "If you?re getting beat up during the massage, you should probably tell the therapist to rein it in a little bit." Maintaining an open line of communication with your therapist is important for other reasons as well. He or she needs to know about your health history before administering the treatment, as the intensity of deep-tissue strokes may exacerbate certain medical conditions.

601 E. Southside Plaza
Richmond,
VA
US

Nava's Hair Studio's Facebook page reads like a beauty magazine, offering tips on such things as how to prevent hair from frizzing in the summer (keep hair properly hydrated so it won't absorb moisture in the air and swell) and how to build volume at the crown while keeping the rest of the hair sleek (apply mousse roots to ends, put hair in a ponytail on the top of your head, release when dry). The page is so informative because Nava's head stylist and owner, Ofelia, has been working in the industry for more than 20 years. Plus, she constantly travels the country seeking advanced knowledge on such things as how to cut hair based on facial structure and how to hide a third eye with dramatic bangs.

At her studio, Ofelia and her team of stylists keep locks looking spiffy with face-flattering cuts, Brazilian blowouts, and highlights and lowlights. They also beautify clients with waxing services and lash and brow tints.

212 East Clay Street
Richmond,
VA
US

The skincare professionals at Belissa Salon and Spa specialize in smoothing out the body?s rougher edges. Though they draw upon years of experience in aesthetics, they don?t rely solely on their own wits?professional Dermalogica products crafted from natural ingredients aid them as they resurface skin.

For a service that exemplifies all the others, look no further than the Dermalogica thermal body treatment, which exfoliates with a natural blend of sea salt, dried seaweed, and fruit enzymes. Other, equally effective remedies may detoxify skin with mineral mud or wraps soaked in soothing plant extracts. Belissa Salon and Spa also offers tanning services: stylists use a bronzing mist to create natural-looking tans for their clients. Skin isn?t all the staff pays attention to. They also cut and color hair, groom nails, and relax muscles with six different massages, including hot-stone therapy and a prenatal style that incorporates heated alphabet blocks.

2010-C E Main St.
Richmond,
VA
US