For more than two decades, the experienced technicians at In The Nails have been making Huntsville’s scenery brighter by outfitting its residents with vibrant polish and artificial nails as well as pampering clients with a selection of skincare and massage services, including deep-tisse and shiatsu treatments. During relaxing manicures, they brush nails with a hypoallergenic shellac that sports a mirror-like finish and lasts up to 14 days without cracking, chipping, or caramelizing. Along with the expert nailcare that inspired the salon’s name, the team promotes all-over wellness with massages, peels, waxing, and other clinical skincare services and participates in community-service efforts to keep discarded hangnails off the streets.
Technician Anita Ray believes the best route to relaxation involves natural products and techniques. She infuses elements of the outdoors into her services, heating basalt rocks for hot-stone massages, using naturally derived acids for peels, and tickling squids for cosmetic tattoo ink. To help clients to achieve desired results, Anita begins appointments with a consultation and analysis, which yields recommendations for the proper procedure and at-home care.
Intermission Massage's experienced therapist, Phillip, focuses attention on clients’ neuromuscular pathways to untangle knotted tissues and restore normal functioning to maladjusted muscles. Phillip takes a more treatment-oriented approach to massage therapy, seeking out subversive sinews and delivering trigger-point tae kwon do with precise pressure and dexterous digits. As his fingers deeply delve into knotty nodes and twitchy tissue, he weaves calming lullabies with soothing strokes to melt tension and relieve chronic pain. Over the course of 60 minutes, tidal waves of relaxation buffet bodies' stressors, eroding them away to restore appendages' range of motion, formerly restrained by overtightened tendons.
Blue is everywhere here, from the cerulean-, azure-, and aquamarine-stained windows to the very name of Blue MedSpa. Dr. Landon McLain, medical director of the beauty haven inside the Westin hotel at Bridge Street Town Centre, helms a team of registered nurses, aestheticians, and physicians who focus on restoring youthful appearances. They use advanced equipment such as SmartLipo to reduce the appearance of cellulite, IPL laser machines for photofacials, and six types of dermal fillers to send fine lines scurrying beneath floorboards. Blue also provides traditional salon and spa services with Pureology and Redken products, as well as skincare products from iS Clinical and its own signature line. Regardless of the service, each med-spa staffer takes a holistic approach to treating clients to ensure their beauty goals are accomplished.
Gleaning her baking skills from her mother and grandmother, Gigi's Cupcakes' eponymous owner opened her first cupcake hub in 2008, drawing upon her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for crafting beautifully topped cupcakes. The franchised cupcakery now has 50 locations, each of which churns out 12 daily-rotating flavors that are made fresh every morning. The shop's selection of more than 40 flavors includes Canadian Maple, Southern Comfort, and Champagne—a bubbly-flavored base topped with an edible pearl. Patrons can pick out sweet treats from the daily selection or preorder them at least one day in advance online, by phone, or via singing telegram.
A nationally certified massage therapist, Tim Landingham specializes in myofascial release, a form of soft-tissue therapy. Fascia is a tissue that connects the body's muscles, organs, and skeletal structures. When stressed, the fascia forfeits its flexibility and the ability to rubberneck fender-benders between two clown cars, and it leaves tension and pain in the muscles. Myofascial-release therapy incorporates gentle kneads and facilitated stretches, which relax the body and release that built-up tension. Since the fascia is interconnected, this release has a healing effect throughout the entire body and helps to improve range of motion.