Just as no two bodies are alike, no two massages at Village Healing Touch are the same. Nationally and state-certified massage therapist Denise Craven sees to this by approaching each client with tailored treatments best suited to his or her aches, pains, and comfort levels. Massages here run the gamut from therapeutic to relaxing?owner Denise Craven, LMT and other licensed massage therapists offer deep-tissue massages to disable pain and hot-stone massages to provide a warm, soothing reprieve from gridlocked muscles. ? la carte treatments such as cold-stone facials, seaweed body treatments, and craniosacral work add another layer to Village Healing Touch?s missive, but for a complete getaway from work-related stress and stress-related pen-pal abuse, clients can settle down with the Pamper Me package. This sojourn into total relaxation includes a 90-minute massage, cooling marine foot mask, and a paraffin hand dip.
Salon Concepts connects talented stylists with private suites where they can tend to tresses and soothe skin in a peaceful environment. Services and pricing vary by location, with an array of beautifying treatments abounding across the network like bunnies on a verdant spring catwalk. Seventeen participating aestheticians are armed with a pack of prettification options such as cut-and-color combos from experienced colorist Brent Bauer at Salon Concepts Oakley ($60–$175) or body waxing ($10+) under the gentle hands of Randy Jackson at Salon Concepts Florence. Check in for a noninvasive frown-removal procedure with a facial expert ($35+) or a stress-melting massage ($35+) from Erlinda Griffin at Salon Concepts Montgomery.
Renew Salon & Skin Care's Shanna Lynn bedecks lackluster lashes with Shavasana extensions. Initial eyelash installation takes one–two hours, during which Shanna secures single strand semipermanent Shavasana extensions to feeble fringes, hair by hair. The results are longer, thicker eye trimmings, giving you the confidence necessary to wink at strangers and unleashed dogs. After 48 hours, the freshly lashed can frost the extensions with mascara. A refill, which lasts less than 60 minutes, is recommended within two–three weeks.
Over her years of training—some under award-winning Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Steven H. Dayan—aesthetician Julie Kline has learned the power a simple skin treatment can do for a person's complexion. At her intimate studio within A Tamara Berry Studio, she calls on enzymes from natural sources to jump-start purification and renewal processes, and she anoints faces with more advanced chemical peels to obliterate the signs of aging. Some of her treatments don't require a single touch: when adjusted to a precise color, her range of light therapies can kill blemish-causing bacteria, boost the production of wrinkle-banishing collagen, or spotlight a talented freckle with Broadway aspirations. Microcurrent facials use painless low-level lasers to firm and tone facial muscles. Julie uses the skincare tools she's assembled to customize her treatments to each client's individual skin issues, whether they involve acne, sun damage, aging, or another aesthetic problem.
After her first beauty-school client beamed at her new haircut, Brittany Harvey was hooked on seeing customers' smiles. She has since spent hours in professional classrooms?listening to lectures from companies such as Goldwell and Paul Mitchell?and at her salon station, deftly pursuing the reward of a grin. Often, that expression accompanies a walk down the aisle, as Brittany specializes in formal bridal-party services administered both on- and off site, or even on the bride as she's walking down the aisle.
When she's not working on weddings, Brittany might render extensions that lengthen strands into natural-looking cascades or trims that shorten coifs into flattering layers. Goldwell and Rusk products, meanwhile, aid her in applying highlights, corrective color, and all-over color. She rounds out her treatment menu with simple shampoo-and-style packages, as well as waxing for brows, chins, and lips.
Nail technicians unleash their inner artists with imaginative designs that complete manicures. They paint everything from cartoon characters to football players onto digits. The nail art isn’t the only service at Montage Hair and Nail Studio that steps outside the box. Stylists use a kaleidoscope of hues to color hair, including highlights in cobalt blue or hot pink. They also offer dramatic and classic cuts for men, women, and children. In addition, the stylists coat hair in speciality treatments, which condition and moisturize strands or remove chlorine, minerals, and last New Year's confetti from locks.