As a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician, Tammy Alexander feels right at home in every corner of her beauty spa. Her six facials include anti-aging glycolic peels and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion treatments, and she can even exfoliate skin on the back with steam and masks of french clay. Alexander expertly removes fuzz during her bikini and Brazilian waxes. She also offers cosmetic treatments that include eyelash extensions, organic airbrush tanning, and jane iredale–makeup applications.
Salon Della Sass pampers clients at every turn. Resident stylist Sassy Brooks offers each visitor a complimentary glass of of wine, beer, coffee, or juice as they arrive before settling in to discuss the hairstyle they have in mind. Then, with skillful snips and top-shelf products by brands such as Nioxin and Pureology, she brings their desired cut, color, and hair texture to life. Looking good isn't the only reward for scheduling an appointment—all hair services are accompanied by a refreshing peppermint warm-towel treatment and a gentle massage for the face and scalp.
Jenn Palacios hews toward a funky and edgy aesthetic. But she's just as adept at crafting a classic hairdo as she is cutting edge, thanks to her versatility and wide-ranging certifications. Jenn's a master colorist, a Deva Cut specialist, and possesses certificates in smoothing treatments and Babe extensions. At Amped Salon, Jenn draws from her artistic aesthetic and technical know-how to craft one-of-a-kind hairdos that capture her clients' own styles and embellish their most flattering features. Aside from cuts, coloring, and texturing treatments, notable services include waxing, makeup application, and "punk rock coloring" for those seeking an edgy new look or a change from the muted "elevator muzak" colors they've had for years.
Inside Simply Irresistible, expert nail tech and independent contractor Maria Mock keeps phalanges looking polished with more than 20 years of nail-care experience, a skill she has taught throughout the world. Maria’s dexterous fingers coax tension and miniature squadrons of army men out of feet during soothing pedicures, which treat parched two-steppers to several gulps of lotion. After whittling nails to desired forms, Maria dresses them up with a glitzy layer of polish. The spa Shellac manicure similarly dotes on hands with a massage but goes the extra mile by sloughing off dead skin cells and sealing in moisture with an exfoliation and paraffin hand dip. Maria files talons into shape and finishes with a coat of durable, high-gloss Shellac, which, like a sugar-cookie purist, resists chips. Groupon-holders can upgrade to a french Shellac manicure or a regular french polish pedicure for an additional $5.
The aestheticians at Healthcare 4 Her combine medical know-how with classic relaxation techniques in a tranquil spa environment, beautifying clients from head to toe using technologically enhanced and traditional spa treatments. Licensed laser technicians stop fuzzies in their tracks and prevent future hair growth with laser hair removal. Professional skin pamperers dole out five types of facials to exfoliate visages with microdermabrasion, clear complexions with fruit enzymes, and purge pores with menacing eviction notices. Massage therapists relax clients with four different massage styles, taking cues from venerated massage traditions and modern aromatherapy and kneading techniques to melt away muscle tension.
After rubbing elbows with talented experts, Krista Curry became the creative director of Textures Salon. Now she pours 20 years of experience into her team of stylists, who sculpt tresses with products by Redken and American Crew. Before beginning any of their services––which range from cuts and color to keratin treatments and bridal up-dos––they welcome men, women, and children into their orange, box-shaped styling chairs and warn them not to touch the shiny red eject button.