In 2010, Up Close Beauty tacked “Max” onto the end of its name to reflect the continued dedication and drive to dole out exceptional beauty services from each stylist, aesthetician, nail technician, and therapist. Owner Michelle Mai—an experienced hair colorist, extension artist, and aesthetician—guides the staff as they beautify exteriors with the latest brands, including Paul Mitchell haircare, Cellex-C skincare, and OPI nail polishes.
As clients relax in the jacuzzi tub or on two massage tables in Up Close's spa room, aestheticians revive lackluster visages in a room of their own, performing facials, microdermabrasions, and chemical peels. Out on the salon floor, stylists beautify manes with snap-on and glue-in hair extensions and hair-straightening services such as the De Fabulous Kerafusion, which irons out strands for up to six months with a protein complex infused with mineral oils, shea butter, and cocoa butter, without including harsh fumes or smoke. Clients can also indulge in a traditional or gel mani-pedi, more than 10 massages, or radial-endodermo-therapy sessions designed to clean out the lymphatic system and help banish cellulite to the body's black hole, located directly behind the spleen.
Zada McGuire, owner of Natural Gifts Holistic Center, advocates using therapeutic massage and holistic health philosophies as an alternative to medication. In a calming atmosphere, McGuire and her team of therapists execute various massage and energy treatments to help clients to overcome emotional and physical hurdles.
"Craniosacral therapy is probably the most life-changing” of the center’s offerings, says McGuire. “We just corrected a lady with TMJ” using the technique's signature combination of massage and energy work. But McGuire and her team also heal with traditional massage therapy, reducing muscle tension and anxiety without medicine, harsh therapies, or industrial-size steamrollers. “People think it has to hurt for them to walk out and feel different, but that’s not the case,” McGuire says.
The scents of exotic botanicals pervade the private treatment room at Elements of Wellness, where licensed therapist Tyrika C. Williams pairs the aromatic blends with soothing massage strokes and spa treatments. Williams claims that she followed her passions to a career in massage therapy, and those same passions remain evident in the way she carefully devises treatments to match the needs of each of her clients. Among her four modalities, relaxation massages soothe muscles with rhythmic Swedish strokes, and therapeutic massages facilitate faster recovery times after spending games of hide-and-seek in the trash compactor. Williams’s other spa therapies include an exfoliating foot treatment and a nourishing soy body wax to loosen muscles before and during a massage.
At inSPAration studio at cutLoose hair salon, skilled stylists shear and style clients' hair in the shadow of the salon's mission statement, which is written across a wall of the salon to remind the aestheticians and hairstyling artists to constantly strive for aesthetic innovation and excellence. The philosophy belongs to owner Michelle Guzman, a stylist with 20 years of experience whose commitment to her ideals is evident in every inch of the salon, from the eye-catching brick-and-mortar shelves that house products from Biodroga, Glo Therapeutic, and Bumble and bumble, to the polished, jet-black washing stations beneath. The staff reinforces its commitment to high-quality styling, coloring, waxing, and facials by pursuing ongoing education, staying apace of the industry and checking for updates on scissors? mandatory retirement age.
Spa owner, aesthetician, and massage therapist Karen Randon strives to restore her clients’ natural radiance with a combination of relaxing and cosmetic treatments developed throughout her more than decadelong career. The spa's massage selection includes gentle Swedish sessions, pain-relieving deep tissue therapy, and hot-stone treatments, which ease aching backs by channeling their past lives as lava. Aloe-herbal body wraps coax bodily toxins out of their pores, leaving patrons with a feeling of well-being, and LED teeth-whitening treatments use bleaching gels and light energy to transform pearly-white smiles into alabaster grins.
As fatigued bodies enter The Root of You Salon and Day Spa, music and soothing aromas envelop them. At the salon, stylists cut and color hair, care for nails, and apply makeup for special events and momentous peace talks. Aestheticians present a choice of eight facials that each come with a light massage and hand treatment. The body studio's massage therapists chase stress away with modalities such as warm-stone, aromatherapy, and sports massage. During private parties, the space transforms into a festival of flowers, gift baskets, and catering organized by an event manager and a hostess.