K-Pak products assist hair owners in achieving high-end, healthy ’dos. Chosen as one of 2010’s Top 10 Hair Products by The View's Bryant Renfroe, the ReconstrRx VaporIron straightens or curls locks while simultaneously infusing them with ReconstRx VaporFuel (3.4 oz. bottle included), a protective elixir that decreases hair breakage, reduces color loss, and minimizes curl reversion—even after a long session of balloon rubs. The VaporIron also includes a step-by-step styling brochure and instructional DVD featuring one of Joico’s head honchos, Damien Carney.
To Constantina Hahn, hospitality is as important as the luxurious treatments and pristine facilities that won her studio a day spa Gold award from the Beaver County Times. Inside the homey spa, clients are greeted with complimentary coffee or tea and then led past rows of antique framed mirrors that reflect hairstylists and customers chatting like old friends. To make heads feel well-cared for, organic hair-coloring products??certified cruelty-free and vegan by PETA-customize hues, and Brazilian blowouts form a smoothing sheath around strands fried by chemical treatments or jealous short order cooks. Dermalogica skincare products also cater to individual needs and concerns as they are blended into tailored, age-defying treatments, and nail, waxing, massage, and tanning services ensure no limb, hair, tendon, or talon is left untended.
Inside Alera's 3,300-square-foot spa space, clients can bask in the calmness of private suites and inherent glamour of the spacious, runway-esque haircutting floor. Stylists leverage high-end skin- and haircare products from Sebastian, Wella, Brazilian Blowout, and Aveda and aestheticians infuse visits with subtle elements of luxury such as mini massages. Beauty treatments include hair removal, makeup application, and completely organic airbrush tanning. On the spa side, therapists administer massages with heated basalt stones to ease muscles and oust stress.
Cheri Herold, owner of Fountain of Youth Aveda Salon Spa, wields a lifetime of beauty-industry experience to motivate her multitalented staff to exceed client expectations. Plant-based products fuel facials, massages, and hair treatments with the anti-aging properties of lavender, sandalwood, and other pure, sustainably sourced herbs and flowers. Fountain of Youth also operates a salon apprenticeship program, which provides 2,000 hours of on-the-job training to promising young cosmetologists or ambitious mannequins.
Inside Rejuvenate Salon & Spa, the combination of sea-foam-green walls and accents with dark wood creates a calming, welcoming atmosphere. Then, the method of relaxation is left up to the guest, who might choose a hot-tub mineral bath, infrared sauna, or hot-stone massage, to name a few. Along with spa treatments, the beauty specialists here pamper guests with hair and nail services.
Culinary students gather around their teacher, knowing she is recovering from a serious illness and inquiring gently as to how her health has made such a comeback. It was in this moment that the career of Modern Life Center's founder, Eva Clay, took a sharp turn. The former cooking teacher had refused steroid therapy, believing that it would only treat the symptoms of her illness, and not the root causes of her poor health. So Eva researched what she calls "old-fashioned" methods of detoxification as well as holistic therapies, and slowly worked to heal herself. When her culinary students began seeking advice for themselves and their loved ones, she heard it as a call to become a health and lifestyle coach, which she answered readily.
Though counseling can focus on how past experiences shape the present, Eva believes that life coaching examines how positive traits and experiences in the present can give clients practical tools to help them step into their future. The Modern Life Center's life coaches aid clients in taking control of their professional and personal struggles, and dating and health coaches guide patients in navigating treacherous love lives and lifestyle changes. A crew of massage therapists, a face-refreshing aesthetician, and a chiropractor bustle past potted orchids and high-backed armchairs, working to erase the tensions that accumulate during ordinary life and to leave each patron with the relaxed countenance of a model in a hammock catalog.