Hairbenders of Joplin does as much good for people’s spirits as it does for their appearances. After the tornado that devastated parts of Joplin in 2011, the Hairbenders team joined forces with other Matrix professional haircare stylists and hosted a cut-a-thon for the victims. The event served as a pick-me-up to the community, making locals feel cared for and resilient.
On a normal day, the staff pampers clients with far more than just haircare—although those seeking TLC for their tresses have numerous cutting, coloring, and texturing services to choose from. Nail treatments incorporate high-end products such as OPI Axxium, and massage therapy and facials round out the service menu.
PureLife Wellness Solutions' staffers dedicate themselves to helping their patients further their individual health goals, coaxing toxins from bodies, battling cellulite and stretch marks, and working to help relieve stress and discomfort with aesthetic and wellness services. After complimentary initial consultations, staffers deftly perform noninvasive body-contouring and facial treatments that aim to tighten skin and shed inches so that patrons can more easily hide behind telephone poles. IV treatments further guide patients toward health, with cocktails designed to boost energy, provide assistance to flagging immune systems, or assist with struggles with addiction, depression, and chronic fatigue.
Though Perfect Ten Nail Salon’s technicians have no problem looking guests in the eye and greeting them with a warm smile, their attention quickly wanders to hands and feet as they set to work trimming, primping, and polishing nails. The experienced technicians keep acrylic and Shellac polishes close by their manicure stations, making use of the colorful bottles when the time comes to embellish nails with colorful portraits of their wearers. Manicures and pedicures also tend to skincare needs with flourishes such as oil rinses, foot massages, and soothing paraffin treatments.
Expert hairstylist Rachel Johnson deftly shears, shapes, and styles tresses at Aspen Spalon. Hair feathers ($10–$15 each) and strands of hair bling ($4 each) add an avian accent or tinselly touch to coiffures, providing extra texture without the hassle of braiding in silly straws. Tame overgrown tufts with a haircut and style, unleashing a barrage of snip-snips to tame sprawling head gardens into trim topiaries. The salon supplements haircutting services and scissor-throwing competitions with Redken conditioning treatments to soften and smoothen locks and eyebrow waxing to craft artistic arches.
It would be easy to spend an entire day or three inside Clary Sage Salon & Spa, and not just for the mod leather seats and fluffy throw pillows. The main reason: Clary Sage's extensive menu of services. Here, clients can get a quick chair massage or ease into a 90-minute hot-stone massage, adding a scalp massage, foot treatment, and even chocolate to the relaxing service. They can then rejuvenate their skin with a deluxe facial, an enzyme peel, or a makeup application, then treat nails to colorful, long-lasting OPI polish. They can also spruce up hair with cuts, color, and updos or remove unwanted hair with waxing services.
Strength BA's owners refuse to label their gym by the kind of exercises that go on; they don't stick to one regimen long enough for that kind of advertising to make sense. They train students according to the CrossFit philosophy, which transitions daily to new kinds of exercises to keep the body from becoming too used to any one form. They construct devious, grueling, back-breaking workouts, from pushing carts full of bricks through the parking lot to hefting weights anchored to the wall, a line of equipment affectionately called "death row", since it's actually a scale model of the River Styx.