Inside the casually elegant confines of Sola Salon, stylist Shannon Halpert conquers unruly hair with her specially formulated hair-smoothing treatments. Formerly frizzy locks take on a newly sleek form thanks to a combination of Shannon?s dexterous expertise, the formaldehyde-free formula products, and each strand?s individual willpower.
From her serene body shop within Baxter’s Salon, Aggie's Body Repair's certified muscle mechanic, Agneta Kemmerer, revitalizes sluggish soul-carriages with soothing massage strokes born in her native Sweden. Flagging physiques reach maximum potentials amid white walls and cloud-dappled ceilings as Aggie tackles troublesome stresses with 90 minutes of flowing fingerwork, gliding over uptight dermises, kneading overextended sinews back into alignment, and tapping out Morse code exhortations to oxygen-hungry circulatory systems. After basking in the Swedish massage’s tension-taming powers, freshly rejuvenated patients can go about their daily lives with greater flexibility than gelatin-wrestling slinkies. Call in advance to book an appointment.
A visit to Massage Heights is a vacation from the workaday worries of overbearing supervisors and unhelpful Pilates partners. During the 90-minute hot-stone massage, a skilled therapist strategically places smooth, toasty earth globules on areas of the back, warming muscles, encouraging circulation, and coaxing tension out from under its desk to frolic outside during your body's relaxing recess. While the heated stones work their wonders, aromatherapy massages nasal passages with special oils that transform the dull, boring atmosphere into a cloud of inhalable bliss. At the other end of your body, a natural sugar scrub exfoliates shoe-fillers before a final splash of peppermint oil delivers a cool sensation and candy-cane smell, making toes feel as if they’re being suckled by Christmas elves.
The staff at Body Sanctuary?and their counterparts at a sister location within the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel?strives to balance guests' outward physicality and inward harmony. They relax bodies with detoxifying wraps and perform massages ranging from zen shiatsu techniques to rhythmic lomi lomi sessions. The team employs Rhonda Allison products during anti-aging facials and OPI or China Glaze polish to beautify nails. The spa also offers services specifically for men, including a golfer's massage that makes it easier to lean over and replace a divot with a green business card.
To address internal turmoil, the wellness center provides chi-freeing acupuncture sessions, reflexology with a certified practitioner, and chakra and aura readings. Patrons can help themselves to tea and cookies at the refreshment bar as they admire stately pillars and statues reminiscent of ancient Roman style. The spa is located in The Water Court complex, which features a bridge over a picturesque outdoor waterfall and a tranquil pond surrounded by palm trees.
Chella Brow Bar?s experts use a keen eye and steady hand to form clients? brows into perfect arches that shape facial features. A coat of wax removes unwanted strands that stray from the perfect brow line. The experts also wax unwanted fuzz on upper lips and cheeks. Other services include facial waxing, lash and brow tinting, and false lash application. Chella Brow Bar also sells its own line of Chella products to beautify brows, lashes, and eyes. To fully refresh faces, clients can rejuvenate the skin during facials.
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With more than 10 years of beauty-industry experience, massage therapist and aesthetician Christine Rasmussen knows aesthetic treatments inside and out. And at her beauty haven, Skin, she requires that her staff does, too. Together, the knowledgeable team of certified technicians creates a welcoming space where they personalize each skincare and body service. Aestheticians reach for skin-type specific Ayur-Medic and Dermalogica products to enhance the cleansing effects of facial or the exfoliating impact of a chemical peel or diamond microdermabrasion. This same attention to detail can be found during customized body treatments, which range from trigger-point therapy and lomilomi massages to a detoxifying body scrub made with sea salt or a sugar mixture infused with fruit, chocolate, and coffee ingredients.
Skin's dedicated team also provides mobile spa treatments and spa parties, both of which can be performed in the comfort of the client's home, office, or giant, walk-in makeup compact.