To create a tranquil, relaxing experience, The Spa of Cool Springs incorporates elements of nature into both its treatments and its decor. Guests walking into the reception area are greeted by comfortable brown leather armchairs and a substantial marble-and-stone desk. In the treatment rooms, deep-green walls and botanically inspired prints bring the outdoors in. Therapists perform a variety of massage modalities within their dimly lit hallows, using earthy tools such as warm river rocks and brown-sugar scrubs. During skincare treatments, the fragrant and sustainably farmed ingredients in Éminence Organic Skin Care products soothe weary skin. Aestheticians promote a balanced complexion with probiotics and tea-tree oil, or employ a citrusy, herbal formula to target men's ingrown hairs or stubborn Muscle Milk mustaches.
When 38-year-old Patrick Finster decided to become a massage therapist, he lacked experience. He had never received a massage, much less administered one. But, he took a leap of faith and enrolled at East-West Healing Arts Institute to study massage therapy and reflexology. In addition to his local training, Finster has traveled to China to gain a deeper understanding of the art. As a result, the massage therapist is well versed in Eastern and Western modalities, including deep therapeutic bodywork, Chinese cupping, foot reflexology, and Thai stretching.
Studio 7's stable of pedicurists hones feet into stylish leg accessories with a beautifying spa-pedicure treatment. Nail wranglers whip deca-digits into shape with a buff, a file, and a cuticle grooming, preparing blank canvases for a colorful makeover or footshakes with a monkey dignitary. An exfoliating scrub sloughs away rough outer layers, and a lotion application reinvigorates skin's moisture levels. Basement tensomes take a leisurely soak as staffers soften calluses before each newly supple foot receives a five-minute massage. A coat of pigmented polish finishes off the pedicure treatment, with optional sticker decals dressing up nails in fun floral designs or realistic abacus-bead patterns.
Jennifer Stone Nail Studio wields 15 years of accomplished nail work to refurbish each client's appendage endings. The studio's nail technicians forgo demonic drills for the personal touch of a traditional nail file, which gets replaced by a new specimen before each treatment. During the 60-minute basic pedicure, cuticle whisperers will trim and shape toe tips into functional, fashionable members of the foot infrastructure. A below-the-knee massage works out tense shins, cramped calves, and empties stress reserves stored in hollow legs, and a foot file and polish adds the final aesthetic touch to little piggies bound for sandals or markets. Jennifer Stone Nail Studio sports an inviting, modern space decorated with framed black and white photographs, white porcelain vases, and vibrant hot pink flourishes.
Your hair?s sure to feel silkier once your stylist conditions it?learn why with Groupon?s close-up look at conditioner.
Although human hair may look smooth, each strand's outer layer?the cuticle?is actually quite rough. Under dry conditions, the tiny scales that cover its surface become raised and brittle, causing hairs to tangle and lose their shine. Conditioner aims to correct this problem by bonding a particular class of molecules, called cationic surfactants, to the cuticle. This is possible because keratin, the protein that makes up most of the hair shaft, bristles with negative ions, which attract the positively charged surfactants, coating each thread in a thin film that weighs it down and reduces frizz. (The negative charge of keratin is also what causes static whenever positive ions are stripped from the hair?the static that makes it possible to stick a balloon to the wall or to power a miner's headlamp.)
The other ingredients in conditioner don't always need ions to do their jobs well. Humectants suck in water from the surrounding air, thereby moisturizing the hair, and oils simply penetrate the cuticle. Glossers coat the hair with light-reflecting polymers, increasing shine, whereas other ingredients raise the acidity level of the conditioner, which helps protect the hair's protein structure.
As a 30-year veteran of the beauty industry, Amy L. Olson has learned that a stylist has the power to influence the confidence levels of their clients. Understanding that with this great power comes even greater responsibility, Olson works to boost the self-esteem of anyone who sits in her chair with a perfectly executed service. So with a humble and humorous personality, she snips and styles men’s, women’s, and children’s hair and adds prismatic pop with Redken's color line of Shades EQ, Color Gels, or ammonia-free Chromatics. For those interested in giving frizz the boot, she performs deep-conditioning treatments using premium Surface haircare products. Furthermore, Olson’s beauty expertise extends beyond the realm of hair—she’s also a seasoned pedicurist and waxing specialist.