The master aestheticians at Lashes to Waxes have a complicated relationship with hair. They seem to be on good terms with eyelashes, which they regularly lengthen and enhance with extensions. Hair across the body doesn’t fare as well at their salon, where they swiftly clear bushy patches with strips of wax. Aside from the services alluded to in its name, Lashes to Waxes aims to keep women “feeling pretty and feminine in today’s society” with exfoliating facials, body wraps, masks, and salt scrubs. A nail technician with more than 10 years of experience meticulously grooms fingers and toes, painting nails with splashes of color or portraits of one’s extended family.
At Matrix Spa & Massage, a relaxing escape doesn't have to end once you leave the massage table. Helmed by Julieta Hernandez, a former reporter who moved to the United States to learn English but soon discovered her calling for massage therapy, she founded Matrix Spa & Massage in 2001, and has since received many accolades, including from the staff of Salt Lake City Weekly for "Best Magic Fingers" as well as from the government of Salt Lake City for sustainable environmental practices. When clients step inside the walls, the spa is immediately set apart from others by its meditation cave. Here, technicolor sconces illuminate plush recliners within the soothing space. Sessions in the meditation cave can be booked with or without any other service, ensuring anyone can stop by to find a quiet space to read or shout "Echo!"
Though the meditation cave sets the spa apart, the massages have won its loyal client base, who range from professional athletes to federal judges. Available massages include classic Swedish and deep-tissue sessions along with more specialized modalities, such as the expertise massage—a mix of 10 different techniques, including acupressure and Thai massage—and the four-hands massage. And, in addition to its signature muscle-soothing services, the spa also offers a private steam room, facials, and body scrubs.
Expansive, sunny windows illuminate the deep-red walls framing Mid City Salon’s elegant space, where trained aestheticians groom keratin-based parts with a range of treatments. Stylists revamp hair with trimming and chemical services that alter color and texture without attempting high-risk crayon implantation. Manicurists, meanwhile, outfit natural and acrylic nails in decorative swipes of polish, creating long-lasting style with CND Shellac applications or trendy designs such as cheetah print and flowers. Aestheticians can also rework façades with a quick brow and lip wax or a flawless makeup application. For offsite pampering, stylists arrive at homes during salon birthday parties to give girls aged 3 and older a chic updo, a smattering of glitter makeup, and polished nails that make them feel like adults without memorizing tax-return terminology.
Light Space employs healing rays of low-wavelength light and sophisticated technology to smooth over skinscapes and boost overall well being. A 60-minute deluxe ultrasound facial awakens natural healing mechanisms with soothing massage, customized vitamin infusions, and ultrasonic frequencies, promoting healthy blood circulation, combating puffiness, and tightening facial façades. Clients can succumb to the restorative talents of red-LED-light therapy and infrared sauna treatments, which penetrate the deepest layers of skin to detoxify the body, stimulate collagen growth, and repair epidermal damage, much in the same way the sun’s rays heal plants’ trampled roots and skinned knees. Clients looking to reduce unsightly skin dimplage relax under the soothing mechanical massage of a Synergie anticellulite treatment, a subdermal tissue rubdown that evens out bumpy body topography with a stimulating vacuum, gently smoothing over skin tissue without the need for invasive liposuction or industrial steamrolling.
Zen Massage's trained therapists relax patients' taut tendons, putting bodies and minds at ease. Visitors can lie back and drift away on a 30-minute Silver Cloud massage, feeling the bed's jade rollers warm tendons, dissipate bodily tension, and create a low-pressure system in the brain (a $20 value). A massage therapist then soothes backs with experienced knuckles and palms in the 30-minute Quick Fix massage (a $49 value). After the massage restores skeletons to their naturally upright form, patients emerge with spines as straight as the horizon and faces beaming bright as a lighthouse.
For years, Melinda Ashley would stroll past an empty storefront in downtown Salt Lake City, daydreaming that the space was a chic, contemporary salon. Today, Melinda has made that dream come true—she’s added bright polka dots to the floors once covered with dusty carpets and have accented the soft baby-blue walls with lustrous silver styling chairs. At each station, Melinda and her squadron of skilled stylists wield Bumble and bumble products as they snip, sculpt, smooth, and colorize manes. The team also waxes chins and lips, as well shapes eyebrows to prime facial canvases for professional makeup applications.