The scissors at Sabre Hair Art show no mercy when it comes to split ends. They deftly remove any dull locks they come in contact with, leaving clients with fresh and stylish haircuts. Scissors also happily add layers for a more voluminous look, or blunt bangs for people who want to hide their forehead tattoos. Patrons can also request highlights or all-over color to completely transform their visage.
Owner Artana, her two sisters, and the trained stylists at Shear Xpectations help to curate chic appearances during beautifying services. Touting expertise in hair, waxing, facials, and massage, the seasoned staff helps anchor results with products from Aveda, Dermalogica, and TIGI. An online portfolio showcases the crew's work with snapshots of its skillful ’dos, which have the power to coax compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. Each sessions unfolds inside the salon's casual space, which boasts wood floors, track lighting, and dangling glass lights.
Carved-wood furniture and diffuse track and lamp lighting grace The Pynk Butterfly, where beauty specialists unleash products from the organic brand Mantra as well as the salon’s own label, Pynk Prototype. As guests sink into plush chairs, stylists revamp ’dos with hair services ranging from basic cuts to deep-conditioning and a full spectrum of color treatments.
Aquarium maintenance might seem like a strange background for an expert in neuromuscular therapy and deep-tissue massage, but that's exactly how massage therapist Lynne Luckow got her start. She decided to change careers after reading about the health benefits of massage and went on to study anatomy, physiology, and medical massage at Aesthetics University. She opened Healing Hands Therapy Center in 1993 and continued her training with renowned professionals in the field of alternative medicine. Eventually, she grew her practice to the point where she was working 12 hours a day, six days a week, roughly the amount of time it takes to give a full-body massage to a really big whale. Luckow knew it was time to expand: the center is now home to eight highly trained massage therapists, who earned it nominations in CityVoter's Best Massage category in 2011.
In addition to performing massages, Luckow promotes physical and emotional healing with Ayurvedic counseling and meditation. She has further rounded out her team with licensed acupuncturist Brenda Sherman, who holds a Master of Science in acupuncture and oriental medicine.
The skilled staff at Back to Essentials uses alternative therapies in a holistic and preventive approach to health. Services range from detoxification treatments such as colon hydrotherapy and ionic footbaths to pain-easing massages and chiropractic adjustments. In addition to quelling aches and ousting toxins, an infrared sauna can give skin a healthy glow, like that of a comet that?s just run a marathon. To help clients cultivate healthy lifestyles, Dr. W. Claire Wages teaches them about anatomy, physiology, and the dynamics of disease prevention.
If anybody deserves a massage, it's Maggie Gibson-Bostic. The nationally certified massage therapist regularly walks marathons and has taught classes in aerobics across the southeastern United States. Despite this flurry of activity, Maggie?s overworked muscles never rebel. This may be because she practices what she preaches and treats herself to a relaxing massage once a week.
Maggie passes this relaxation on to her clients during custom massage sessions at Utopia Massage Therapy. She and her team of experienced therapists soothe away aches and pains with deep-tissue, hot-stone, and four-handed techniques, the last of which depends on two therapists working simultaneously. When they aren?t untying knotted muscles, Maggie and her staff exfoliate skin with a Jamaican body scrub that blends brown sugar or sea salt with the aromas of tropical flowers or jerk chicken.