From the outside, Blades Salon and Spa looks like a dream home. Impeccably landscaped shrubbery frames its front doors and tall windows, and a fountain sends ripples through the flower-accented pond in the front yard. The greenery continues in the back of the house, where trees and plants circle another small pond, a popular spot where local pyrotechnicians cool off after starting a shirtsleeve fire.
Inside this idyllic setting, experienced stylists cater to clients' hair needs, whether customers are looking for a fashionable cut and color or hair-replacement services for adults and children. As part of their commitment to helping clients look and feel their best, staffers partner with Locks of Love, using donated hair to create top-quality hair prosthetics for children dealing with long-term hair loss due to medical issues.
Beauty comes in all forms. At Lotus Spa, beauty isn't only reserved for the clients who come in for classic and specialty spa services, including waxing and threading. It is also extended to the exquisite crystal chandeliers, intricately designed copper ceiling tiles and richly colored baroque textiles that decorate the spa.
Soft lighting soothes clients as aestheticians scrub bodies with exfoliating mixtures of sugar and oil or pamper clients with a Lotus Fusion massage—a combination of deep-tissue, hot-stone, and aromatherapy styles. Aestheticians brighten complexions with three kinds of chemical peels designed to melt away layers of dead skin and old Halloween masks absorbed into the skin.
Before joining the team at Hair by Charles & Co., stylist Angela Rasco honed her skills as a student in the invitation-only honors program at the Paul Mitchell School. Now, with her diploma in one hand, and products by Paul Mitchell, Redkin, and Pureology in the other, she's putting her exclusive education to good use, while also picking up new tips and tricks from Redken-certified stylist Charles Robinson. Aside from cuts, Angela's specialties include body-boosting perms and custom color, as well as frizz-reducing keratin treatments, which smooth hair using a formula that's free of both formaldehyde and spray starch.
Wild Strawberry Hair and Nail Studio's team of master Eufora Elite–certified stylists beautifies hair, skin, and nails using natural and organic products. Beneath twinkling crystal pendant lamps, stylists massage deep conditioners into scalps and cut, perm, and highlight hair. Conversely, the salon's aestheticians deftly remove unwanted body hair, leaving smooth, clean expanses of skin. The full-featured studio also provides nail and tanning services with coats of gel polish for fingers and toes and custom airbrushing to gild untanned limbs.
Using top-of-the-line haircare products from quality brands such as Pureology and Paul Mitchell, BeautyFirst's expert stylists mold lackluster locks into follicular masterpieces. Upon arrival, customers consult with a talented tress trimmer to figure out a fashionable new look for their noodle nests, whether they prefer a trendy bob, a timeless trim, or an elegant swan. Next, dull dreads are shampooed and colored with a choice of either full or partial highlights before being snipped and molded into moremanageable states during an expert cut and style.
As its name implies, Neat Nails & Terrific Tans focuses on but two specialties. This narrow approach translates into a staff whose talents range from offering expert advice on tanning and oils to skillfully applying Shellac nail polish or customizing skin shades with airbrush treatments. In addition to these services, Neat Nails & Terrific Tans also runs an onsite shop brimming with fleur-de-lis jewelry, purses, and college-themed items that make great gifts for graduating seniors, old friends, and the kid you used to copy answers from in Economics 101.