HotHeadz Salon's staff combines 60 years of collective experience to beautify clients with indulgent manicures and pedicures as well as hair services—from extensions and color to special-occasion updos and blowouts—for men and women. When seated in the cushy leather treatment chairs, guests may recognize a familiar face treating their hair. Former WWE wrestler and MMA artist Sean Haire has recently joined the HotHeadz team, passing on the same sharp style he exhibited on the cover of South Magazine. The salon's other staff members tout equally impressive credentials. Three of the stylists have been certified as Blonde Me colorists by blonding master Kim Vo. Together, the HotHeadz family tirelessly caters to each individual's taste. All of their work is guaranteed, allowing unsatisfied clients to ask for a complimentary re-do or an "I'm Sorry" card written in shampoo.
The weeping willows hanging over Christopher George's Salon herald the serenity of the idyllic space they shade. The airy space sprawls across 1,000 square feet of leather chairs, black-lacquered wood decor, and high-end haircare products from the likes of Paul Mitchell. Talented stylists with 22 years of experience bustle about the salon, shearing strands into face-framing shapes during designer haircuts and refashioning follicles into a northern-lights-like display of color with partial highlights. Complimentary chalices of wine occasionally accompany treatments, providing a tasty alternative to the barbicide cocktails served at most traditional salons.
An avid weightlifter and yogi, nationally certified massage therapist Bryan C. Thomas draws on an intrinsic understanding of athleticism when treating chronic pain and injuries with his one-hour custom massages. Drawing from a menu of Swedish, deep-tissue, hot-stone, and sports massages, Bryan can tackle pain and aid relaxation in one- to two-hour sessions. His nimble fingers manipulate muscles and boost blood flow to improve the range of motion in stifled limbs and the range of dramatic expression in struggling actors.
Growing up, James Dowling watched his family suffer from chronic illnesses, and even battled his own pain, for which Western medicine gave little relief. His investigations led him to an interest in drug-free and tactile therapies. He enrolled at DoveStar Institute to study under reiki masters, and earned his massage-therapist license, colon-hydrotherapy certification, and reiki mastership. At Phoenix Holistic Center, he balances bodies and minds through diverse methods such as sound therapy and kriya massage, which incorporates one continuous stroke that only ends when the therapist's arms become tangled.
The licensed massage therapists at Asheville Massage and Natural Therapeutics promote full-body well-being with proficiencies in numerous types of bodywork and energy-healing methods. Their treatments, like putting jeans in the dryer while still wearing them, can help stimulate circulation and make the stresses of the outside world seem all the more distant. They excel in multiple modalities, from deep-tissue to holistic reflexology sessions. On top of offering therapeutic massages, the center, which is located in a historic flatiron building, helps promote healing with craniosacral, polarity, and chakra therapies.
Spa Sweet Water’s Venetian-inspired décor and the Southern hospitality of its skilled staff combine in an explosion of opulent charm that jettisons off spa walls and sticks in the hearts and glowing visages of its beautified clients. Trained aesthetic architects assess facial façades before the 60-minute house facial to evaluate skin types and select the proper pore potions. The experts will choose from an array of purifying, hydrating, revitalizing, clarifying, and soothing masks to give each individual countenance a custom de-gunking and smoothing. This relaxing deep clean invigorates facial skin, leaving it rejuvenated, healthy, and less likely to slide off.