The branches of the baobab tree zigzag into the African sky like roots, giving the tree its distinctive upside-down shape and giving Alchemy Wellness Studio the fruits that infuse one of its signature facials. The studio’s experienced aestheticians meld natural ingredients such as baobab fruit and kigelia—an African flowering plant and natural astringent—into their ameliorating spa treatments, reflecting their overarching focus on holistic, organic care. This goal carries over onto the menu of services—which includes reiki, aromatherapy, and more standard spa fare, such as waxing treatments and mani-pedis—as well as into the cups of fair-trade coffee clients sip as they shrug off the stressors of everyday life.
Little Ms Bella Beautique's owner is both a beautician and mother to a young daughter. She believes that personal creativity, self-expression, and pampering should not fall solely in the province of adults, so she brought those elements together when she opened the children's spa and boutique. Here, young girls can get their hair styled and colored using ammonia-free coloring, indulge in a spa mani-pedi, or go for the complete makeover that includes hair-and-nail treatments. Kids are invited to tea parties where they can don dresses, boas, and wings and let their creativity run wild; the spa also hosts birthday parties with themes such as Fashionista, Fairy, and Princess.
The Beauty Bar’s continuously educated aesthetic duo of Adriana and Sierra, a makeup artist and stylist, tag teams unwieldy tresses and leaves skin looking sun-smooched with a roster of salon services. Specializing in readying faces for weddings, Sweet 16 parties, and other celebrations, Adriana harnesses the light feel and even finish of airbrushed makeup, imbuing cheeks with a hue as rosy as an embarrassed baby. Alternatively, Sierra styles and colors hair to highlight each client's features and adds length to locks with Fusion hair extensions. Portraits of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe preside over the chandelier-lit styling space, or staff members go mobile, toting their own kits, chair, and lighting to primp at a client's home or in their neighbor's tornado shelter.
Flower arrangements and chic furniture decorate the interior of ThuLan Nail Retreat, hinting at its staff's passion for beauty. The pampering experts transfer that passion into spa treatments that leave clients looking and feeling their best. Nail services range from manicures and pedicures with hot-stone massages to organic gel nails. Eyelash and brow tinting, eyelash extensions, and permanent makeup also beautify guests.
While one staffer carefully draws on an intricate henna tattoo, another uses two twisted threads to cleanly remove unwanted facial hair. This is the Threading & Henna Salon, where the team specializes in Indian beauty services, including herbal facials. The licensed aestheticians are also experts in waxing and makeup applications, which they can tailor to a night out, a wedding, or an afternoon black-tie barbecue.
The decor at Top Level Salon may be simple, but its treatments are anything but. A flash of color at the ends gives hair a trendy ombre effect. Eyelash extensions take the place of mascara for a bold, dramatic look. And instead of being done with traditional brushes, makeup is airbrushed on to ensure a flawless application.