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.
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.
Licensed massage therapist Amanda Peoples draws on more than nine years of experience in the medical field to help clients escape tension, chronic pain, and joint immobility with a collection of massage modalities. In her studio, she calls on techniques from nine different massage styles that include trigger-point therapy, shiatsu, prenatal, and sports massage. Her gentle kneads and gliding strokes may help increase blood flow, and reduce stiffness, pain, and tension. After a massage, clients may be able to fight off germs with a stimulated immune system, and more flexible joints allow them to comply with the court-ordered “kick me” signs on their backs.
There are roughly 100,000 hairs on the average human head and master stylist Annette Joplin is an expert at wrangling them into a single stylish unit. Here, she brings more than 25 years of beauty-industry experience and continuing education to her clients, who can request a sharp, edgy, or vintage look. Skilled in handling all types of hair, she also adds pop or dimension with optional color placement before sculpting hair into new dos. Annette is also an ace with a nail file, and can decorate fingers, toes, and metal hook hands with any of the salon’s many color polishes.