At Artistic Cuts Salon & Spa, a cool blue tile mosaic greets visitors when they approach the desk, scarcely concealing murals of swans and cranes that usher in a feeling of serenity. Beneath hanging lanterns, specialists perform a variety of salon and spa services for men and women. Stylists tame locks with custom haircuts, coloring, perms, and straightening treatments, which can be complemented by other beauty services such as waxing and permanent makeup. Spa technicians also reward bodies with massages, facials, and skin treatments such as microdermabrasion.
Academic Alliance's cadre of doctors and technicians wields both years of experience and an eye for dermal aesthetics to augment each client's natural beauty. Today's offered treatments utilize different modalities to smooth out the face's many rogue wrinkles, using motivated proteins and chemicals to clobber the creases of time. Fifteen units of Botox, injected just below the skin, wipe out lines between brows with minimally uncomfortable ease, smoothly concealing the penalties of protracted frowning contests for up to four months. Alternatively, the Jessner chemical peel exfoliates the deepest clogged pores, purging accumulated microdebris, diminishing age-spot melanin gangs, and reducing fine lines that have been acting out of line.
The licensed ligament looseners at It's All About Me raise drooping spirits with a relaxing mind and muscle makeover. Open up body drains and let office worries, crop anxieties, squirrel training troubles, and other daily stressors pour out over the course of a 60-minute Swedish massage. Designed specifically for relaxation, this technique focuses on loosening tight spots and garnering a sense of overall well-being. This session of light-pressure kneading stimulates increased blood circulation and limbers limbs enough to allow for an immaculate back flip into the neighbor's Jell-O pool.
At her eponymous facial studio, Linda Principe combines her skincare expertise with pharmaceutical-grade ClarityRx products to help her clients attain smooth and youthful complexions. Licensed as a facial specialist and a medical electrologist, Linda calls on technical acumen and deep knowledge of skin care issues to curate cutting-edge treatments that refresh the face naturally. Take, for example, the oxygen therapy facial, a collaborative dance of high-powered serums and pressurized oxygen that hydrates the skin like the traditional Gatorade-bucket dump at a presidential-election acceptance speech. Even more advanced skincare options, such as diamond tip microdermabrasions and salicylic acid peels, take a more aggressive stand against imperfections, and Linda's arsenal of hard and soft waxes swiftly remove hair without irritating skin.
As a young man, John McKenna realized he had a talent for hairstyling, eventually moving from New York to the beaches of Florida to open his own salon. In addition to transforming the hair of clients ranging from mothers to teens, McKenna styled Miss Tampa's hair and won a reader-nominated runner-up award in 2010's Best of the Bay. Within his European-style salon, an exposed-brick accent wall adds a splash of warmth to furniture's sleek design, much like the cardigans that zoologists fit over the cheetahs they study. Behind their stations, certified color specialists paint tresses with golden highlights or lowlights and cover grays with Matrix honey-based color cream, which the salon guarantees will completely mask the offending strands. Stylists consult with clients before taking the first scissors swipes, determining the best shapes, lengths, and hues to fit each client's style. McKenna personally assures clients that "how you look is as important to us as it is to you."
Inside CJ’s Salon, whimsical touches abound as stylists artistically highlight locks with fading ombre or bold color-block patterns. Giant stars and the scissors used to clip the Statue of Liberty’s famous coif adorn the walls, while black leather chairs cushion clients for all their styling and waxing needs. Along with haircuts for men, women, and kids, the staff brings digits up to snuff with nailcare.