A graduate of the esteemed Elite Hair Academy, Victoria Simpson has professionally styled hair since 2010. Within Salon Noir's cozy brick house, she showcases her talents, which include elongating locks with natural-looking extensions, brightening strands with eye-catching color, and trimming tresses into stylish looks. Using haircare products packed with natural ingredients, Victoria and her fellow stylists' other services include administering precise cuts for men and women and creating updos for special occasions. After appointments with Victoria, clients can consult one of Salon Noir's cosmetologists for skin-enriching services, such as facial waxing and subtle makeup applications.
Skincare by Design's aesthetician brings more than a decade of experience to the treatment table where she performs facials, waxes, and makeup services. Vitamin-enhanced facials hydrate and smooth complexions. Whereas waxing sessions remove unwanted body hair, eyelash treatments add faux strands to the eyelid, leaving lash lines defined and darker.
Owner and massage therapist Kenyatta Bozeman understands that massage is a practical way to relieve chronic pain—she graduated from the Dayton School of Medical Massage—but she also believes it should be a memorable experience. That's why she enhances her treatments with hot-towel add-ons, nine essential oils including tea tree and ylang-ylang, and even time for an after-massage nap, which can last up to 30 minutes or until the client's REM cycle has finished downloading the latest edition of Netscape Navigator. These add-ons complete the eight styles of massage available, including deep-tissue, hot-stone, and prenatal.
The therapists at Massage RX specialize in six alternative massages, each designed to improve overall health and target specific problem areas. During the Ashiatsu massage, technicians dangle from overhead bars, using their feet to stretch and knead muscles with balanced, penetrating pressure. Similar to a Swedish massage—but without the use of oils or creams—the Ashi Thai massage employs elongating strokes and stretches to relieve tension. The bamboo-fusion massage, specially designed for treating shoulder pains, employs heated bamboo shoots to melt stress into moppable puddles and test the will power of any on-looking pandas.
At Peace Massage & Wellness is a one-stop shop for muscular euphoria, backing each offered service and class with the deft touch and extensive knowledge of an expert staff. Pull the plug on shoulder and back pains with your choice of any of the center's nine 60-minute massages ($60). Swedish massage employs long, soothing strokes to relieve muscular tension and improve blood flow, while craniosacral therapy aims to restore balance within the membranes and fluids surrounding the spinal cord, subsequently increasing the body's ability to heal itself, ward off disease, and reprimand inconsiderate cannonballers. Warm bamboo therapy is a rather new modality that combines the gentle kneads of Swedish massage with the application of controlled heat (via warmed bamboo and rattan) to simultaneously melt away everyday stress and stubborn summer popsicles.
Like a potato, if the human body is not properly mashed and moisturized, it will never be used for anything more than a science- project battery. Make sure your body is fluffed and buttered with today's soothing Groupon: for $20, you get a one-hour massage (up to a $65 value) at Joga Somatic Arts on Far Hills Avenue.