Salon Schools Group's student cosmetologists magnify outer allure under the supervision of expert instructors, perfecting their talents with a mélange of beautifying salon and spa treatments. Scissors swoop in to eliminate excessive fringe during a stylish trim ($7–$11), and a set of foil highlights helps locks achieve new hues without running through paintball crossfire ($37–$40). The invigorating kneads of a rosemary essential-oil scalp massage condition strands for luxurious silkiness ($15), and a range of facials targets epidermal maladies and infuses skin with aromatic scents ($30–$35). Free an upper lip or eyebrows of unwanted fuzz with facial waxing ($7), or coddle jack-o'-lantern stompers with a scented pedicure accompanied by a scrub and new coat of polish ($25–$35).
A former x-ray technologist and radiation therapist, Natalie had recently emerged from another round of schooling when she purchased the water-damaged space that she knew had the potential to turn into the spa of her dreams, she told LNE & Spa. After a lengthy remodeling, Bethany Ray at Skin Solutions Willow Tree Spa opened in 2003. Staffed by numerous specialists, the cell-phone, electronics, and giant-laser-free space accommodates clients with spa packages or individual treatments such as body wraps, reflexology, and hairstyling. A recently added 2,000-square-foot studio shelters fitness classes and healthy cooking demos hosted by organic green chefs.
Amid exposed brick and the warm, sunny walls of a converted coffee shop is Kimberly Jo Hite, the eponymous owner and creator of Hite Wellness. The self-described "Jill of all trades" welcomes her patrons to step beneath her large umbrella of services, which encompasses everything from facials and massages to energy work and intuitive guidance. As a holistic health practitioner, aesthetician, ordained minister, and reiki master, Hite has all the tools necessary to boost total-body wellness and make clients feel happier than an unsupervised kid at a fireworks store.
Spanning more than 150 locations and six states, L.A. Tan's beautifying services polish pallid epidermises into shining, bronzed statues and brighten smiles with whitening treatments. A Level 1, 2, or 3 booth tan glows warmly with UVB rays, stimulating the body's production of vitamin D and burnishing epidermises to a brilliant sheen. UV-free spray tans, such as Mystic Tan or VersaSpa sessions, quickly glaze outer skin shells into glistening hues without exposing hides to the sun's harmful rays or pitiful knock-knock jokes.
Modern lights hang from the salon's ceiling like glowing yellow roses as skilled staff members adorn nails with high-end polishes by brands such as OPI and CND Shellac. N2 also offers nail services reflective of the season, such as pumpkin-spice mani-pedis for the fall.
The official day spa and salon of the 2011 American Music Awards, J. Nicole's Day Spa and Salon calls upon its stylists' hair expertise and its technicians' skin savvy to pamper clients within a rock 'n' roll–themed lounge. The staffers, who can sometimes be seen jamming on the guitars that adorn the salon's scarlet walls, beautify heads with hair services and eyelash extensions or relax bodies with treatments such as massages and craniosacral therapy. Aestheticians also exfoliate faces with Obagi chemical peels and abrasive punk-rock drum solos.
Rumor has it that Amanda Baughman has barbicide running through her veins––she's that good. In a flurry of precise scissor snips she can craft a classic wave, modern layers, or bold pixie cut to flatter the features. While awaiting color highlights to set, clients may also make use of the salon's other indulgent services such as nailcare, waxing, and facial treatments.