Water swirls around a washbasin at Luxe Salon & Spa, draining away Bumble and bumble products from hair as clients rest on comfy reclining seats. Exposed brick walls and hardwood floors surround them, lending the space a loft-like aesthetic, and hanging steel lights illuminate a row of swiveling chairs where stylists set to work. Here, the beauty experts pamper guests with salon services such as color treatments, hair extensions, and blowouts. The salon also offers mani-pedis, waxing treatments, and eyelash extensions that make eyes pop more than rimming them with highlighter.
Within Salon 515Oh, stylist Connie Purpura helps clients to achieve the look they desire. She draws on skills learned at Ogle School while precisely snipping locks into edgy or classic cuts, infusing hair with rich color, or smoothing tresses with keratin blowouts. Patrons also can opt for professionally applied cosmetics, waxing, or manicures.
Soft music banishes quotidian concerns at Dr. Nancy's Day Spa, where Dr. Nancy MacDonald clears skin with botanically derived facials and heals clients with chiropractic care. An exfoliating papaya-enzyme peel fuzzes out scars and aging spots, and the one-two punch of a microdermabrasion with mini facial is especially effective on clients with acne-prone skin. The doctor's chiropractic adjustments align spines and rescue pinched nerves so that clients don't have to forage for replacement skeletons in the Neander Valley. Scents of lavender and warm french vanilla waft through the air inside the spa, joining with the purple walls to recall sunny Provençal fields.
Hairstylist Kristie Bevis works alongside the skilled hair and beauty specalists of Gypsy Parlour. When she isn't highlighting tresses or styling manes to look like celebrities in magazines or mug shots, Kristie is straightening locks with protein-rich keratin by Coppola.
A team of hairstylists, skin experts, and one talented nail technician works its aesthetic magic between Simplicity Salon & Spa’s deep-red walls and sleek-tiled floor. Always up-to-date on the latest styles, techniques, and booster shots, the salon’s stylists snip and color strands and add floor-sweeping length with extensions. The resident nail tech works nearby, treating tired dogs to an indulgent foot facial and decorating digits with nail art. Meanwhile, inside a private spa room, aestheticians and massage therapists erase stress with three types of facials, full-body salt scrubs, and Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
Some hair-straightening products that claim to be formaldehyde-free include aldehyde compounds, which are similar to the carcinogen formaldehyde. Side effects may include nosebleeds, headaches, vomiting, and respiratory problems, among others. Learn more about the health risks here.
In a charming, Victorian–style building, staffers blast away unwanted tattoos, encroaching toe fungus, and skin blemishes such as age spots and stretch marks using state of the art Nd:Yag Q-switched lasers. During free consultations, certified laser technicians assess the proper course of treatment, discuss any medical concerns, and answer the question of whether lasers can remove wine stains from clothing. In addition to wielding lasers, technicians also harness ultrasound technology to fend off cellulite, and they knead the abdomen using chi nei tsang, a specialized massage meant to stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems.