The trained professionals at A Cut Above brandish their skills to refurbish appearances with hair-centric services. During the 10- to 30-minute haircut, one of these mane masters will prune shaggy head shrubberies using a choice of traditional scissors, texture-conjuring razors, or gas-powered lawn mowers. Women and men both can opt to tame unruly brows into suave submission with an eyebrow waxing. Alternately, an upper-lip waxing uproots unwanted facial hair, leaving lips smooth and aerodynamic for Olympic-grade pie-eating marathons.
Muscles unclench, toxins retreat, and stagnant blood gets moving under the therapeutic hands of Casey Muck Ebert, licensed massage therapist of Rockhill Massage Therapy. Casey excels at both ends of the massage spectrum: the therapeutic and the luxurious. Whereas she targets the root causes of pain with sports and deep-tissue massages, she also eases clients into states of tension-free serenity with hot stone and Swedish massages.
Judging from their natural ability to make small talk while cutting or coloring hair with precision, one might guess that The Beauty Bar’s hairstylists were actual bartenders in their former lives. That hypothesis is supported by the fact that guests are treated to complimentary mocktails upon arriving at the 2,100-square-foot salon. When they aren’t pouring shots of nourishing lotion and shampoo, the staff wax away unwanted body and facial hair, host spa parties, and prep brides-to-be for trips down the aisle. The salon’s nail technicians offer a full slate of natural nail treatments headlined by their signature ice-cream pedicure—a treat that includes a ME! Bath strawberry-ice-cream footbath, a marshmallow foot mask, and a maraschino cherry affixed to each toe.
Grace Designs & Esthetics’ skincare professionals upgrade the health and look of skin with face and body treatments performed inside a newly renovated space adorned with modern accents. While the spa’s makeup artists expertly camouflage imperfections, aestheticians work to correct their underlying causes with facials that rehabilitate dry, aging, or smart-mouthing skin.
At each of its locations throughout the South and Midwest, the beauty techs of Perfect Brow Bar deftly shape brows using the ancient Indian art of threading. During each session, a brow stylist twists two pieces of thread into a double strand-resembling a rope doll's DNA-that is used to quickly and precisely remove hairs from their follicular bases. The method can be less painful than other hair-removal techniques while avoiding other depilation pitfalls, such as redness and ingrown hairs. The skilled crews also handcraft intricate henna tattoos.
With more than 20 years of pampering under its salon-service belt, Blondie's bolsters fading finger façades with a bevy of buffing options. The 25-minute Shellac manicure helps protect nails from scratches and chips for up to two weeks, gifting hands a consequence-free window for putting on a jagged steel finger-puppet extravaganza. The digital indulgence starts with a routine comparable to a normal manicure, including shaping and a slathering of fresh polish, after which nails are dried one by one under a UV lamp. Roughly 10 minutes of heat treatment cures fingertips, readying them to hit the streets or perform mesmerizing feats of sign language.