Over the last 10 years, Skin Essentials Med Spa & Hair Salon owner Kelly Davis has prettified more than 1,000 faces with the SofTap permanent-makeup technique. She sidesteps the racket and pain of traditional tattoo-machine methods to gently apply the pigment with a hand tool, giving her absolute control to craft a subtle lip shape or a seductively arched brow. Guests can find similar attention to detail in the spa's repertoire of other beautifying services, from simple mani-pedis to advanced exfoliation peels that obscure signs of aging. Injections of Botox or Restylane keep skin surfaces as smooth as a pancake, and full-body scrubs and masks treat the whole physique to ensure that even your Achilles' heel embodies a beauty that belies its vulnerability.
A license in cosmetology isn't enough for a stylist to hit the floor at T'nT Concept Salon—they also have to go through the salon's own training program. After that, they have all of the skills necessary to perform the services on the salon's menu, which include haircuts, conditioning treatments, beard trims, extensions, updos, permanent waves, and smoothing keratin treatments. The salon also houses a color bar, where the staff mixes hues for highlights and all-over color treatments and where many Crayola crayons mistakenly go for a drink.
The five licensed massage therapists at Portal Bodyworks include a certified personal trainer, a Zumba instructor, a qi-gong specialist, a newspaper health-section editor, and an Ayurvedic practitioner. Members of the well-rounded team each bring their own flourishes to the massage table, where custom treatments begin with a predetermined modality—Swedish, pregnancy are adapted to best relieve a client's discomfort or tension. Aside from private-room table massages, Portal Bodyworks also offers walk-in chair massages in 15-minute increments, allowing clients to slip beneath a pair of soothing hands during lunch or while they are waiting for their drummer to finish a solo.
Janette Poche is like a detective. With 21 years of investigative know-how, she ferrets out sources of tension and chronic pain with a trifecta of massage techniques—Swedish, deep tissue, and trigger point. Just as each case is unique, Janette can blend these techniques at will according to the needs of each client, whether they are hoping to just relax, are recovering from an injury, or are prepping for an upcoming stint on a pogo stick. While she has a private massage studio within a nearby Pilates studio, she can take her operation on the road to clients' homes, offices, and campsites.