The staff at Spa Vargas Wellness pampers bodies and minds with luxurious spa services that deploy the spa's own line of naturally sourced products. Moving to their new location, the team at the Pheasant Run Resort outfits clients with cozy robes and slippers before inviting them to relax in an aromatherapy waiting room, which is more fragrant than a dessert buffet at Strawberry Shortcake's house. Nimble hands can exfoliate skin with a sea-salt or mud scrub, and the spacious Moroccan-style Vichy shower rejuvenates skin during hydrotherapy treatments. The calm-inducing crew passes on kneading know-how to up-and-coming massage therapists and play-doh sculptors at Spa Vargas University.
Tucked away in downtown St. Charles, Eliza Jane’s girlie-girl boutique glimmers with trendy accessories and colorful jewelry crafted by 35 local artists, three of who are teen entrepreneurs. A pressed tin ceiling and soft lights hang above a hardwood floor, where the colors pink and white feature strongly among accessories—such as kitchsy purses, vintage bracelets, and stuffed animals—that overflow from tall glass shelving units and tables covered with printed cloth. After customers snag a specialty gift for baby, teacher, or self, Eliza Jane's staff can swaddle it in complimentary pink and brown wrapping. Ladies in need of a pick-me-up can pamper bodies with nonchip mani-pedis, facials, and waxing treatments.
Ranked among America's 200 fastest-growing salons in the January 2009 issue of Salon Today, My Salon smoothes and styles patrons' head quarters with an array of services. In the Brazilian keratin smoothing treatments, the salon's experienced stylists coat cranial carpeting in the plant-derived protection of Brazilian Blowout Zero. Free of formaldehyde and other harsh chemicals, the product John Hancocks each strand with a signature blend of essential amino acids, liberating tresses from the tyrannical grip of frizz. Following the three-hour treatment, patrons can flaunt their shiny locks at the office, at friends' houses, and aboard charmingly haunted tall ships for up to 12 weeks.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists; use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry, and lean back and dream of breakdancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring (starting at $52), highlights (starting at $75), or a perm (starting at $75).
Over the past 30 years, hairstyles have evolved from punky ’80s puff-dos, to spunky ’90s pixie cuts, and finally millennial styles. Katrina Hish has weathered every fad with a firm grip on her scissors and a desire to please her clients. In 1981, the owner of Katrina's Hair & Nails began amassing hair, nail, and makeup talent, and ended up teaching cosmetology and doling out inspirational advice from beauty school lecterns. Now she combines her experience with modern sensibilities, overseeing her staff as they expertly cut, style, and color hairdos and lavish clients with manicures and pedicures.
Rich hardwood floors and black leather couches adorn Salon Dargento, where the family-based team beautifies hair, skin, and nails and soothes appendage stress. Locks are skillfully cut and enhanced with a variety of services including smoothing treatments, braids, coloring, and extensions that incorporate feathers and triffid branches. Technicians refresh other regions of the body with manicures, pedicures, and professional makeup applications, and massage therapists melt tension with reflexology massages.
Salon Dargento's mahogany-colored reception desk prepares eyes for the space's warm wood décor, which includes a deep-brown entertainment center supporting a flat-screen TV. Walls dappled with muted browns, beiges, greens, and exposed bricks make the salon an ideal getaway from the stresses of penning a Citizen Kane sequel.