In 2004, husband and wife duo Monica and David Spencer had a vision for an upscale, yet casual salon and realized their dream in Monica's Nail Salon and Day Spa. Their clients can order services ala carte or opt for a package, to let staffers revitalize their entire bodies with a combination of stress-relieving facials, mani-pedis, and massages, which can soothe them in a way only treasured stuffed animals can. The salon also offers a variety of products from brands such as OPI, China Glaze, and CND.
From a tranquil space within Thrive Salon & Spa, Dionne of Revitalizing Hands relieves tension and pain with custom massage sessions heightened by upgrades such as therapeutic essential oils. She uses the long flowing strokes and kneading techniques of Swedish massage to encourage relaxation and increase circulatory flow, and chronic tension is dealt with through the focused pressure of deep-tissue techniques. Dionne also helps to balance out bodies by applying firm pressure to trigger points and encouraging every client to invest in a tightrope walker’s pole.
The aestheticians at Bliss Spa & Nails work studiously to exfoliate skin, cleanse pores, and reduce fine lines around lips and eyes. Besides offering facials, the team waxes away unwanted hair and provides massage therapy that incorporates trigger-point and deep-tissue techniques to relieve bodies of stress and pain.
Though their canvases are small, Bliss Spa & Nails' nail technicians create stunning designs. Their nail art runs the gamut from sparkly polishes and candy-striped patterns to nail-size reproductions of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling. The team’s nail mastery extends to more traditional procedures, including mani-pedis, acrylic nails, and chip-resistant Shellac polish.
Inside Eimaj Spa & Salon, aestheticians give free consultations before beautifying faces and bodies with treatments such as body wraps, waxes, and facials that utilize the Obagi Medical line of products. The menu of facials includes kinetic dermabrasion, which gently softens and is safe for most skin types, and the Repêchage glycolic-acid facial peel, which aims to erase discoloration and fine lines. Meanwhile, body wraps aim to cleanse toxins haunting the lymphatic system's attic with aloe vera, herbs, and strips of cotton while helping contour curves and reduce inches.
Cuttin' Loose Salon is mere minutes from the rippling waters of the Gulf Coast and has been ranked one of Florida's top three salons for eight years running by Independent News. Golden-yellow walls and brick accents fill the space with bright charm as expert stylists use Matrix and Redken products to transform tresses with color, keratin treatments, and trendy cuts. Walk further back, and you'll step into the tranquil bodywork studio to encounter the salon's licensed massage therapist, Ann Sheppard, who has turned Pensacola's muscle frowns upside-down for nearly 10 years. She calls on the skills she learned at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers and from training with a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine to both foster total relaxation and target pain stemming from injury or chronic conditions—she's treated everyone from pro athletes and coaches to expectant mothers and patients reeling from recent join-replacement surgery. Rather than sticking to one modality throughout her massage sessions, she calls on a number of techniques, picking and choosing her approach depending on what her clients require.