Named 2011's Best Makeover Maven by Richmond magazine, Design One Salon & Spa's team of talented stylists, certified massage therapists, and estheticians converges under one roof to rejuvenate and beautify clients with a comprehensive array of services. An aggressive in-house training regimen places associate stylists at the elbow of a master, who enlightens them on the precise art of updating clients’ looks with cuts, extensions, and colors. They emphasize communication and customize all services to fit each individual's needs. The staff also demonstrate their devotion to exacting optimal services by welcoming feedback and suggestions in the form of email or notes.
Hairport West employs crack staffers who perform swift UV-free airbrush tans using organic Ventura Tan products, all infused with an all-natural botanical solution. The salon’s full-body bronzes put an end to bashful games of beach volleyball played in full suits of armor, and targeted tanning to the face, arms, and torso deftly combats seasonal sallowness. A sun-kissed quartet of custom colors is also available, allowing customers to oscillate between subtle sheens and toasty glows.
Griffith Family Chiropractic's certified massage therapist designs a customized lineup of moves to melt away aches and tension. A one-hour session rewards your head's hard-working stilts with the massage modality of your choice, including Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, and therapeutic styles. Choose Swedish massage to knead subterranean stress and burrowing dust bunnies to the skin's surface so your therapist can briskly sweep them away. Those with chronic tension or pain can target troublesome areas in the crosshairs of the therapeutic option. Sports-worn sterns benefit from deep tissue attention, which offers a better way to hasten muscle recovery than lying on a bed of steaks or aggressively heckling debilitated quadriceps.
Scents of Serenity owner Melanie Mueller believes that putting your best face forward means using organic and natural skincare products. That's why her team of aestheticians employs the Éminence Organic Skin Care line, whose concoctions are free of artificial colors, synthetic perfumes, and harsh chemicals, such as parabens and Twinkie filling. Guests can wander to the spa's cozy lobby to purchase many of these elixirs, strolling across hardwood floors to a centerpiece shelf stocked with bottles, creams, and the emerald leaves of aloe plants.
Mueller's team is an educated bunch; all aestheticians are licensed by the Virginia Board of Cosmetology, and all massage therapists are certified through the Virginia Board of Nursing, as well as the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. They dole out a variety of kneading techniques—from aromatherapy to hot stone—in treatment rooms canopied by cream-colored drapes and strings of luminescent orbs that melt into butter every time a patron says "ahhh."
Most massages relax the muscles in the back, neck, and shoulders. Pamperific’s massage therapist takes it to another level with the Pamperific Platinum massage treatment, which covers the entire body, including the face, feet, and antennae. She incorporates gentle Swedish strokes and firm deep-tissue kneads to both relax the body and relieve muscular tension. Warm essential oils and soothing body butter accompany each stroke, but it’s the hot towels, cucumber water, berries, and chocolate-covered pomegranates that elevate the treatment above the standard massage session. Elements of the Platinum massage treatment iterate in the Pamperific Plus and Premium services. Exclusively for the lower extremities, the Pampered Feet treatment consists of a foot massage with soothing essential oils and heated towels.