As the stylists at Royal Salon Organic Care whittle away at unruly coifs, they eschew common ammonia- and paraben-laden chemical products in favor of natural, vegan Organic Salon Systems products. Under the leadership of owner Indre Roy, the experts wield these products while adding depth with highlights, razoring layers, and twisting tresses into updos for weddings or neck model auditions. Organic nail polishes also adhere to the salon’s philosophy, brightening fingertips after the nail technician draws on her background in reflexology to massage hands and arms. Extremities also get a treat in the form of homemade sea salt or sugar scrubs. Sugaring is offered for clients wishing to get rid of body and facial hair.
Every treatment at Serene Serendipity: face to face, LLC begins and ends in a private suite with decorative candles and soft music foreshadowing the pampering to come. Here, a licensed aesthetician revives tired skin with treatments that incorporate various serums, masks, and techniques. For instance, the 90-minute relaxing luxury spa facial relies on steam to open pores, rotary brushes to dislodge toxins, and various massage techniques to keep the therapist’s hands from high-fiving each other. The butter back body J-Lo glow treatment, on the other hand, renders skin soft and radiant through thorough exfoliation and a moisturizing seaweed wrap. On top of these lavish treatments, the center also offers microdermabrasions and waxing with soft and hard waxes from GiGi and Berins, respectively.
Barbara and Clint, Hang Zen’s massage therapist and aesthetician, respectively, work to create an environment of pure pampering at their spa. From welcome refreshments to the aromatherapy fragrances in the air, they set a scene that soothes the senses and creates an escape from the stresses of the outside world. Barbara specializes in deep-tissue massage and myofascial release, therapies that focus on rooting out entrenched tension, whereas Clint makes his clients' skin glow brighter than a lightning bug’s brief self-esteem with facials and scrubs.
Salon Beauty & Excellence covers all the basic beauty bases. Aestheticians banish dirt and the occasional blue-jay feather from pores during facials, and nail technicians paint fingernails and toenails in a kaleidoscope of polish colors. Stylists tackle hair-related issues, from overgrown locks to strands in need of new all-over color or highlights.
For years, people have likened stress to illness, and a recent study by Carnegie Mellon University suggests that chronically stressed individuals have trouble fighting off disease. In this case, science is just saying what Tangela B. Gaynor of Blue Diamond Spa Studio has known all along: stress is more than a pain in the neck.
A licensed cosmetologist and massage therapist, Tangela helps clients escape from everyday anxiety with one of seven massage techniques: aromatherapy, chair, Swedish, reflexology, hot stone, therapeutic, and prenatal. Once aches and pains have subsided, clients can take advantage of other services, such as body waxing or synthetic eyelash extensions in styles such as natural, dazzling, or constantly undulating.