Armed with high-quality polishes and a passion for keratin restoration, owner Kevin Lane and his team of nail masters prepare glove and stocking stuffers to emerge for springtime. During the level-one manicure (up to a $27 value) and level-one pedicure (up to a $51 value), five-pronged pals soak and soften before their tips are trimmed and buffed until shinier than a shellacked pear.
Hairbenders of Joplin does as much good for people’s spirits as it does for their appearances. After the tornado that devastated parts of Joplin in 2011, the Hairbenders team joined forces with other Matrix professional haircare stylists and hosted a cut-a-thon for the victims. The event served as a pick-me-up to the community, making locals feel cared for and resilient.
On a normal day, the staff pampers clients with far more than just haircare—although those seeking TLC for their tresses have numerous cutting, coloring, and texturing services to choose from. Nail treatments incorporate high-end products such as OPI Axxium, and massage therapy and facials round out the service menu.
Sculpt Plus is a health and beauty hub where treatments and fitness programs help clients feel their best and look shinier than a freshly polished ruby. Stylists spruce up hair, nails, and antennae; spa staffers massage bone-and-muscles houses and perform facials; and trainers lead group classes and one-on-one fitness sessions. In addition to applying Bare Escentuals makeup and tinting lashes and brows, the professional beauty curators create specialty makeup looks for Halloween and adorn tresses with feather extensions. At all turns and regardless of the realm of personal wellness they work in, the staff members at Sculpt Plus make friendliness a priority and strive to make each client’s experience a merry one. The staff is also licensed, like most pro racecar drivers.
Margaret Logan has more than a quarter of a century of coifing experience behind her dye-strewn smock. Before she and her husband journeyed to Missouri six years ago, she owned an Irvine, California salon for 20 years. Now, Margaret shares her styling expertise as a team member at Nixa Hair Studio. Along with a mastery of color and foiling techniques, she?s also bilingual, which makes it much easier when hair refuses to speak the same language as its client.
Family owned and operated for more than a decade, Deluxe Nail Spa has learned a thing or two about relaxation. Flat screen TVs hang across the modern space, helping clients tune out the world and tune in to their favorite shows as they recline in plush pedicure chairs. While their owners remain blissfully distracted, the shop’s trained cosmetologists busily beautify hands and feet, filing away chips and cracks, subduing overgrown cuticles, and buffing away rough calluses to reveal the baby soft skin hiding just beneath. When it comes time to paint each renewed digit, the techs can keep tips looking artful and classic with traditional polishes or douse each one in CND shellac, which can resist chips for up to 14 days or as long as the client can resist wearing sandpaper socks.
From eyelash extensions to manicures and pedicures, the Modern Nails & Lashes team literally beautifies clients from head to toe. After a waxing treatment, facial, or massage, clients relax in the pale green and blue pedicure area, which is bordered by a wood trellis woven with branch-like sculptures. Complimentary WiFi waves perform invisible ballets through the air as nail techs dole out free pedicures to children 5 and younger—available in conjunction with their parents' services.