Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.
The stylists at Avanti Hair Salon know their products. They’ve experimented with many over the years, but they keep coming back to seven professional brands—including volume-enhancing standbys such as Moroccanoil and Joico—when the time comes to relax kinks with keratin smoothing treatments or add a dash of pep to hair with double-process color.
Regardless of the service, appointments always begin with a consultation, during which the stylist analyzes your hair type and learns your individual style preferences. She uses these preferences to sculpt a unique hairdo and offer tips for at-home care, advising against shortcuts such as sticking a comb in an electrical socket and hoping for the best. The beauty pros also tackle hands and feet with manicures, french pedicures, and applications of brightly hued nail polish.
Studio Cesar Inc.'s eponymous manager Cesar A. Barragan uses his own multifaceted skillset as a salon artist to curate a talented team of hairstylists, manicurists, makeup artists, and fashion designers. Beneath the gold-flecked walls of the salon, stylists sculpt new looks at three stations equipped with floor-length mirrors. Many of the hair experts specialize in color services, such as subtle ombre highlights and dimension-boosting lowlights, along with distinctive updos studded with snaking braids and precisely pinned curls. A spa menu dedicated solely to men, meanwhile, polishes up exteriors with beard trims, facials, waxing, and massages. In the lobby, clients awaiting hair coloring, manicures, and makeup application lounge on two white couches, which are also waiting to be dyed blond.
Licensed massage therapist Cybele has a repertoire of signature massages down pat. She can combine the long, gliding strokes of a massage while also offering options such as wellness and sports massage, which can be utilized to relieve full body tension. Cybele offers customized massages that work toward stimulating circulation, releasing tension, minimizing chronic pain, alleviating achy and triple-knotted muscles, and reducing stress. In addition to massage services, she also offers Reiki sessions and Craniosacral therapy.
Inside of clean, private massage rooms, Healthy Massage’s therapists renew bodies and spirits with a wide-array of massages, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot stone. Separate rooms are available for couples that want to indulge in a shared experience, and the staff complements it’s bodywork roster with facials and waxing. Healthy Massage’s two locations are open seven days a week.
Products by Bumble and Bumble and Moroccanoil strapped to their utility belts, the stylists at Salon 33 South tint tresses, fight frizz, and create luscious body waves. They also suggest hair products and cement mixes that help clients preserve their new looks. On their way out, clients might grab complimentary coffee, tea, or cookies.