Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.
The cosmetologists at Pro Clips Hair & Beauty Salon refresh noodle-rinds by subjecting dermal debris to a one-hour litany of treatments. During the deep-cleaning facial, technicians scrub façades free of dullness and dead skin cells before a gentle round of extractions expunges pores of burnt-out light bulbs. The facial's namesake treatment then swoops in to thoroughly cleanse the complexion and help prevent future breakouts. Next, visages find nourishment under a specially blended mask, and a hand, scalp, and shoulder massage obliterates below-the-surface tension. Those opting for the herbal facial receive all of the deep-cleaning facial's services in addition to herbal elements that work to clear blemishes and add flavor to face-top hibachi grills.
The work of Divine Cre8ions Hair & Makeup Studio's founder has appeared on The Real Housewives of DC, the BET channel, and a Mike Jones film. Nyoka, an extensively trained hairdresser and makeup artist, has earned praise and national magazine spots solely for her behind-the-scenes work, which she brings to the styling chairs of her salon. There, she grants her clients the same attention and precision she practices when working on a high-profile rapper or TV personality.
Nyoka tends to hair with professional cuts, sew-in hair enhancements, and coloring treatments for clients or wedding parties. As a makeup artist for the MAC Cosmetics line, she also dolls up faces with a steady hand and keen eye for flair and beauty. She applies the training she received from celebrity makeup artist Toni Acey, who worked on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, to add flair to facial features with airbrush makeup services.
A massage can improve range of motion, reduce tension, and even tackle more complicated ailments such as depression and disco fever. That's where Massage Mind & Body Healing comes in. After a client is led to a private suite, a licensed massage therapist blends techniques such as Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure to promote full-body healing and wellness. Hot-stone therapy and reflexology are also available.
Owner and stylist Evonne Hall, also known as "the hair doctor," owes her uncanny ability to repair damaged tresses to her decade of professional experience working with multinational hair types. She specializes in extensions and is certified to perform keratin-based straightening treatments. She also helms a team of talented staffers, including sought-after stylist Jameka Phillips, who sculpts over-the-top looks for weddings, gala events, and photo shoots, and Rashanique Aaron, Verianese Richards, and Lillian Scott, who perform services that range from simple cuts to bonded weaves.
Elements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use five levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.