Urban Beauty Supply stocks clients’ beauty cabinets with a bounty of popular and hard-to-find beauty products, including shampoos, styling tools, hair extensions, wigs, and makeup. Born from such product lines as Kinky-Curly, Bobbi Boss, and KeraCare, Urban Beauty’s merchandise aids in hair restoration, lengthening, and cleansing. Dread Head products help customers build their own knotted locks, while Curls products attract positive attention instead of negatively charged balloons with frizz-reducing organic ingredients and exotic oils.
Amy Stack has spent seven years cutting, styling, and coloring hair. Her fashion sensibilities are on full display at Michelle K Salon, where she crafts fresh hairdos. As a color specialist, Amy can imbue locks with a natural brightness so you don't have to walk around carrying a spotlight over your head. She uses Paul Mitchell and Pravana hair products.
In the midst of rustic woods, there sits a three-story building. Upon opening its front door, visitors unleash a gentle wave of aromatherapy scents and warm air. They step inside, where therapists lead them past wood accents and into private treatment rooms. World of Serenity’s spa atmosphere recalls the calm of the surrounding wilderness, and inside its walls, therapists adopt a holistic approach; they educate guests in wellness basics, such as why humans don’t eat sand, and perform a range of customized spa services. They soften faces, deep-cleanse pores, and slough of dead cells during customized facials; sometimes scouring or soothing the skin with an additional enzyme deep cleanse, warm stones, or anti-aging collagen. They also ease muscle tension with six massage modalities such as deep tissue, warm stone, and reflexology; and scrub clients from head to toe using salt and sugar rubs, and wraps made from natural dead sea mud or Paradisius—a blend of ground fruit and flower extracts.
At Jessica Mills Hairstylist & Makeup Artist, the name says it all. Expert aesthetician Jessica Mills, formerly of Vintage Image in Lenexa, Kansas, has been working with hair as a professional since 2005. Her specialties include coloring, styling, and cutting hair, shaping brows, applying makeup, and filling out coifs with extensions. When she’s not creating brand-new ‘dos for her clients, she can be found working hair and makeup for weddings, runway events, and films.
When guests walk out of Salon Ji, they always feel different from when they entered, whether they’re reveling in newfound confidence due to a fresh hairstyle or an aura of relaxation after a soothing massage. In addition to cuts and color, stylists sweep hair into elegant updos, add extensions, or decorate locks with trendy feathers, which can help clients establish a good rapport with neighborhood sparrows. Nail specialists treat hands and feet to mani-pedis using regular or long-lasting Shellac polish, which remains chip-free for up to two weeks. The staff further pampers guests with facials and body waxing.
Pendant lights cast a soft glow over Salon Ji’s sleek purple-gray walls, which contrast with a collection of vibrant paintings. Waiting guests can cozy up in modern black armchairs and browse the web with complimentary WiFi while sipping coffee.
The state-licensed therapists at Allure Sense Datum Massage & Esthetics specialize in transmitting data using electrical signals, but they don?t need computers to do it. Rather, they transmit sense data?bundles of information that trigger a sensation or feeling in the brain?specifically those that deal with touch. The spa?s owner and head therapist, Kim Tripses, personally mentors each member of the team, offering her expert advice on everything from new massage techniques to the best hand positions for creating lifelike shadow puppets. Private treatment rooms drenched in vivid, tropical colors accommodate deep-tissue, Swedish, and sports massages, and sessions range from 30 to 120 minutes to accommodate all schedules.