Mother-daughter duo Kim and Aggie keep Suds Bar Soap and Essentials stocked with organic, vegan-friendly body products, home essentials, and handmade soaps crafted with pure oils. The Ambrosial Dreams Gift Basket ties a ribbon around a fragrant assortment of bodycare essentials, including a frosted cranberry and an alluring amber body bar, moisturizing mango-sorbet otha butta cream, and floral blossom dry-oil drizzle. The basket’s peppermint lip dip softens smackers while its soap rose petals offer an unexpected alternative to leaving cookies out for Santa.
The friendly stylists at Xanadu Salon deftly shape, tint, and smooth bedraggled locks in a welcoming, canary-hued parlor filled with professional products. Owner Andrea Patterson, whose services are backed by a Master’s in business at Springfield College and an education at the American Beauty Academy, leads a team of stylists that caters to each client's individual hair needs. They accomplish this by vigilantly keeping gum away from locks, and, secondarily, by rendering an array of salon services. Massage therapists also pamper customers with oils from Arbonne and Therapro before bodywork sessions.
Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Toss It Up Hair Salon specializes in going the extra mile. The mobile salon staff is trained to properly pamper chemotherapy patients and offers workshops and self-esteem enhancement classes. In addition to these services, Toss It Up's menu of treatments includes everything from cuts and color to sew-in weaves, braiding, and relaxers. To complement these offerings, the salon also offers glamour photo shoots, makeup applications, and lash extensions.
As a student athlete, Shannon Pannell often helped teammates ease their aches with a massage. It wasn’t until she spent nearly 20 years in the medical and business fields that she decided to switch careers and go to massage school. Now a licensed therapist, she unfurls Swedish, sports, and prenatal techniques to help her patients find relief from pain and stress.
While dealing with the stresses of raising two children into her 50s, Susan Forman began looking into the latest skin-rejuvenation technologies to keep her face looking fresh. Fascinated by what she found, she trained with a plastic surgeon in order to help her pursue her new calling as an aesthetician. At DaVinci Skin Care, her procedures keep skin looking youthful, with facials cleaning away oil, Botox injections smoothing out wrinkles, and intense-pulsed-light therapy evening out skin tone and making Pink Floyd listening parties way radder.