Licensed therapist Tina credits her time in massage school for helping her get past what she calls a period of darkness in her life. Instead of continuing to escape her reality, she decided to create a new reality that she loved. This meant attending school for massage therapy and eventually opening her own massage business, Heaven Sent Hands for Massage, a name that reflects her spiritual beliefs.
In her therapy room, nestled in The Beauty Cottage, her hands expertly prod muscles to release tension, whether it's just on the surface or deep within muscle fibers. She often bundles massages with spa services, such as back scrubs to remove dead skin or foot scrubs to remove the tar that's been doubling as shoes. She even offers a Napper's Dream massage package, which pairs a 90-minute aromatherapy massage with a 30-minute power nap on the plush massage table.
Realizing that every minute spent primping takes away from their clients' free time, the staff of Body & Sol Tanning Boutique streamlines their services so clients can get in, get bronzed, and get out. Clients can simply walk in to the chain location closest to home, after which they consult with the trained tanning specialist over which tanning method is most suitable for their skin. After deciding on intensity and length of sessions, clients hop into one of the five tiers of UV bed. The salon also offers UV-free options such as the automated Mystic HD booth, which is loaded with four different shades of tanning pigment, all of which seep into skin through the use of heated rays. Clients can choose to deepen tans with a range of Devoted Creations tanning accelerators, or simply heighten a tan's contrast with surgically implanted angel wings or the salon's BleachBright teeth-whitening kits.
For more than 18 years, women and men have visited European Day Spa of Williamsburg for beautifying services ranging from body wraps to massages and waxes. Open five days a week by appointment, the spa pampers guests with à la carte services as well as full- and half-day spa packages, which make great gifts for friends, family members, and disheveled body doubles. European Day Spa of Williamsburg also carries an assortment of beauty products by brands such as Ahava, Guinot, and Shellac.
Under the expert leadership of Dr. Joel Backer, the staff at Women's Health and Wellness promotes beauty and vitality through soothing, non-invasive procedures. The 20-minute treatment begins with a soothing face wash, then using Derma Genesis technology, surprises worn-out skin with a much-deserved exfoliation, removing imperfections, chipping away dead skin cells, and restoring the exquisite ruins of a beautiful face from years ago. A clay mint mask then removes impurities and softens the epidermis. The doctor also rejuvenates forlorn visages with a mixture of fortified, all-natural moisturizers infused with antioxidants and green tea, ensuring a healthy shine. Lastly, to foil the sun's plot to make people old, an anti-aging sunscreen is applied to faces, protecting their newfound loveliness from jealous UV rays.
Jim DePoppe models his Williamsburg hair boutique after the salons of Paris, going beyond basic cuts and shampoo treatments to fashion styles that wouldn’t feel out of place in the Louvre. His team of stylists works with individual clients to help them reach their beauty goals, whether those goals entail straightening hair with a Brazilian Blowout or adding new dimensions of color with Redken dye. The salon’s menu of treatments isn’t limited to hair. The team can also buff and polish nails during services such as a manicure or a spa pedicure, which includes a paraffin wax dip.
Hairstyling lets Emily Thompson indulge both her passion for shaping manes and her love of people. Bolstered by continuing education in haircare, she aims to accentuate each client’s best attributes through cuts, styling, and her specialty, color. She twists tresses into updos with practice gained from styling hair for more than 100 wedding parties. As Emily works, clients can monitor progress in an eight-foot mirror purloined from a giraffe’s dressing room. Upbeat tunes add pep to a palette of dark-caramel and black, and a leather-accented set of drawers provisions Emily with all the products she needs as she finesses final looks for each client.