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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

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

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

Dangling stained-glass lamps and crystal chandeliers, leafy plants, golden walls, and bamboo fans—it's fair to say that no one element of Scissors Hair Studio’s decor dominates. And like the studio's look, its menu of services brings many styles together in a combination that works. Owner Simone Nicole—a veteran with more than 20 years of experience and training in New York City—specializes in long hair and hair coloring, though she and her team also perform mani-pedis, facials, massages, and other services that leave clients as relaxed as a turkey on Black Friday. Having worked with movie and TV production crews, touring musical acts, and local theater productions, they understand what it takes to deliver beauty on the go, which is why they also man the Beauty Bus, a mobile service that brings styling to brides and other remote clients.

4 N 18th St
Richmond,
VA
US

Master stylist Veronica Baptiste doesn't keep regular hours, but you won't hear her clients complaining. In fact, they're likely thrilled. Baptiste schedules private hair appointments, coming into her loft-style salon early in the morning, late in the evening, and on weekends—pretty much any time that works best for her patrons. Baptiste, who specializes in multicultural looks, transforms hair into chic styles using her scissors, highlights, partial and full extensions, and keratin straightening treatments.

Couture' Imaging's other beauty experts follow in the owner's footsteps, scheduling private appointments for makeovers and manicures. Occasionally, they even travel to homes for mobile mani-pedis and pamper parties and to see what kind of laundry detergent people prefer.

2304 East Main St.
Richmond,
VA
US