"I am fascinated with the way muscles work and move," says Renew U Massage & Skincare owner Katanya Taite, citing one of the reasons she became a licensed massage therapist. A sincere interest in helping people feel and live better is another reason: "Life is filled with so much responsibility, people don't take enough time to focus on themselves."
The escapist element is apparent from the moment clients enter into her elegant gold and earth-toned bodywork enclave, where the sounds of flowing water and ocean waves engulf senses in serenity. Organic and vegan oils and serums add an eco-conscious element to all services including massages?which Katanya customizes to each client's particular aches and pains?and slimming body wraps designed to tighten and tone hard-to-trim areas. Also a licensed aesthetician, she customizes facials as well, beginning with an in-depth skin analysis before moving on to tailored treatments that include special formulations for men's skin, teen skin, and sensitive bearskin rugs.
The stylists at Aries Salon never let the stars dictate the limits of their creativity. As a Matrix salon, they have the exclusive line of Matrix products at their disposal, allowing them to shape and mold the fate of each mane to suit their clients' vision. Total Results shampoos and conditioners enhance natural head threads by giving them the volume, moisture, or healthy shine they lack. Design Pulse styling pastes, waxes, and gels help hold extreme styles or create mohawks that double as tools in emergency situations, and curly or frizzy strands find themselves on a straighter path after Global Keratin treatments, which leave hair silky and manageable for up to five months.
At Hair 1 and Spa 2, Charity (DeSear) Zeigler draws upon two decades of experience in the beauty industry, transforming men's and women's looks with an array of relaxing treatments. In the salon area, skilled hands craft haircuts, highlights, lowlights, and corrective colors. Fingers and toes relax during spa mani-pedis featuring heat therapy and soothing scrubs. Staff banishes body fuzz with traditional waxing services, as well as laser hair-removal and electrolysis treatments that can prepare legs for the beach or enhance an arm wrestler's aerodynamic advantage.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
Customers peeking into the windows of Mai Beauty Nail & Hair Salon can catch a glimpse of stylists employing the latest trends, from polishing fingers in long-lasting shellac or weaving feather extensions into hair. Technicians carefully apply layers of OPI polish to nails while guests lounge in plush pedicure stations, where bubbling footbaths set the stage for a range of pampering add-ons. Across the salon, stylists trim hair into flattering coifs or shape brows into updated emotions.
Inside Fresh's clean, modern space, beauty buffs clarify complexions and turn simple strands into silken masterpieces. With an eye toward the latest trends, each professional snipster brings top-notch tutelage to each haircut, applying lessons learned from the Aveda and L'Oréal academies, Jacques Dessange, and other renowned teachers, collaborating with their client to create manageable, eye-catching looks that can withstand any hectic lifestyle or attack by dryer sheet. After a thorough pampering from top-of-the-line products such as Kérastase Paris or Unite Eurotherapy, manes will emerge from the sleek, white-washed salon looking as fresh as a spring chicken but with considerably better hair.