Hallways lined with framed photos and potted plants guide guests toward Jennifer Knowles's studio where she expertly invigorates locks using her experience with balayage highlighting, color-blocking techniques, and L'Oréal professional styling. After a complimentary consultation, Jennifer designs hairdos that reflect clients’ desires and personalities, sculpting shapes that turn heads and enchant geometry teachers. Alternatively, color treatments add natural-looking depth and dimension to tresses that grow out without leaving noticeable roots. During appointments, clients relax, calmed by the salon’s blue and green walls, which conjure up refreshing thoughts of ocean waves, blue skies, and mint-flavored clouds that give soaring eagles remarkably fresh breath.
After earning her bachelor's degree in health sciences, Kneaded Relief owner Sarah Satterwhite felt another passion tugging at her life—her passion for massage therapy. So, she went back to school and earned her certification as a massage therapist before settling down and starting her family. Today, she has returned to the massage world with other skills in hand, including those necessary to render facials and body treatments. Sarah specializes in three modalities: relaxation and its firm but soothing touch, therapeutic and its fast-paced medium-pressure strokes, and deep tissue, which coaxes out feelings of stress caused by their boss, the brain—or as the nervous system calls it, the lead singer of the E Street Band.
A Paul Mitchell signature salon, Creative Cuts is owned by Paul and Kathy Moseley, who lead a team of 10-plus stylists in service of a single goal: to provide expert hair services in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. As stylists trim hair to clients? specifications, apply color or texturing products, and create stunning updos, aestheticians wax or tint eyebrows to beautify faces or support claims of Vulcan descent.
Dedicated to supporting their community, Kathy and Paul are also founding members of the Meet The Needs ministry, which provides food, clothing, and home goods to people in need. To that end, the couple donates 20% of the proceeds from all Paul Mitchell products sold in the salon to this cause.
For nationally certified massage therapist Missy Hammond, massage isn’t just therapy for her clients, it’s therapy for her, too. “I enjoy helping people feel better… I am all for a healthy mind, spirit, and body,” she says. With this enthusiasm and the knowledge gained from attendance at Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, Hammond alleviates pain and increases circulation through a variety of massage modalities or exfoliates away dead skin cells with a body polish. During treatments, she keeps clients comfortable atop a cushioned, heated massage table inside a dimly lit room with soft music, a relaxing waterfall, and a miniature whale that coos haikus.
The Spa of Pravana pairs its popular tanning services with spa treatments to help clients look and feel great. Visitors can use one of the spa's UV-tanning beds for a sun-kissed glow in as little as 8 minutes or step into a Mystic Tan standup booth for some quick spray-on color. Airbrush technicians are also available in the spa or on location to give clients a sunless tan with an FDA-approved solution instead of prune juice. Pravana also enlists the help of a board-certified doctor, licensed aesthetician, and certified massage therapist, so clients can supplement their freshly tanned physiques with youthful complexions, clear and soft skin, or relaxed muscles.
Body Temple Massage Therapy's owner and licensed therapist, Trisha Lewis, takes a holistic approach to resolving troublesome aches, implementing techniques she learned as a student at the American and European Massage Clinic, where she studied anatomy, physiology, and Eastern philosophy. Trisha personalizes each massage to accommodate clients' specific needs, going hand-to-hand against aches caused by strenuous physical activity or sleeping in dollhouse guest rooms. While Swedish, deep-tissue, or sports massage strokes knead away tension, minds are set at ease by the treatment room's low lighting, sleek wooden floors, and comfortable massage tables.