The master aestheticians at Lashes to Waxes have a complicated relationship with hair. They seem to be on good terms with eyelashes, which they regularly lengthen and enhance with extensions. Hair across the body doesn’t fare as well at their salon, where they swiftly clear bushy patches with strips of wax. Aside from the services alluded to in its name, Lashes to Waxes aims to keep women “feeling pretty and feminine in today’s society” with exfoliating facials, body wraps, masks, and salt scrubs. A nail technician with more than 10 years of experience meticulously grooms fingers and toes, painting nails with splashes of color or portraits of one’s extended family.
A teacher overwhelmed with classroom tasks and student responsibilities; a 20-something recovering from the insecurities of teenage acne—Charlie Ward has served them both. Like many who write in his patient testimonials, this pair praises the master aesthetician's professional skill and personal kindness. "Having healthy habits, including good skincare," Charlie writes on his website, "[has] helped me enjoy [life] even more." Charlie pebbles his path to healthier, more vibrant skin with services that range from the technologically advanced photofacial treatment, which uses intense pulsed light to improve sun-damaged skin, to the holistic scrub-and-rub massages, which dose backs and bodies with salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake before hot towels and lotions cleanse and refresh. He also stays up-to-date on his industry's latest trends and technologies, writing on his blog about some of the latent effects of tattoos and new breakthroughs in heat-resistant makeup that prove ideal for soldiers fighting in war zones or chefs cooking in full-body snowsuits.
Some seek Pilates for weight loss or a toned body, and others for stress relief and overall wellbeing. But Erica Lukes was drawn to the mat to recover from a horseback-riding injury in the early '90s. As her pain subsided and her range of motion returned through her practice, she became compelled to help others reap the benefits of the core-strengthening workout, earning her certification as a Pilates instructor, and eventually helming Total Body Pilates. Now, she guides students of all fitness levels through Pilates, ballet barre, and Zumba classes to achieve their fitness and wellness goals. She helps them to build long, lean muscles through mat- and machine-based Pilates, in which students work on a special machine consisting of ropes and pulleys designed to add extra resistance to each movement, resulting in the lithe limbs and toned muscles of a gym cat, the natural predator of the ubiquitous gym rat.
Light Space employs healing rays of low-wavelength light and sophisticated technology to smooth over skinscapes and boost overall well being. A 60-minute deluxe ultrasound facial awakens natural healing mechanisms with soothing massage, customized vitamin infusions, and ultrasonic frequencies, promoting healthy blood circulation, combating puffiness, and tightening facial façades. Clients can succumb to the restorative talents of red-LED-light therapy and infrared sauna treatments, which penetrate the deepest layers of skin to detoxify the body, stimulate collagen growth, and repair epidermal damage, much in the same way the sun’s rays heal plants’ trampled roots and skinned knees. Clients looking to reduce unsightly skin dimplage relax under the soothing mechanical massage of a Synergie anticellulite treatment, a subdermal tissue rubdown that evens out bumpy body topography with a stimulating vacuum, gently smoothing over skin tissue without the need for invasive liposuction or industrial steamrolling.
Within the commercial bustle of The Gateway mall, Studio H20 Salon's professional stylists focus on communication, taking the time for consultations with each client before styling a single strand. The clean lines and metallic accents of the salon's industrial-chic interior parallels the modern styles that depart daily on the heads of their many customers. Additionally, hair is treated to services such as dimensional coloring (Studio H20's specialty) and top-notch salon products by such brands as Bumble and bumble and Kérastase. Hair artistry is supplemented by other beauty services, such as manicures dolled out by staff at nearby nail stations and compliments from talking mirrors.
Zen Massage's trained therapists relax patients' taut tendons, putting bodies and minds at ease. Visitors can lie back and drift away on a 30-minute Silver Cloud massage, feeling the bed's jade rollers warm tendons, dissipate bodily tension, and create a low-pressure system in the brain (a $20 value). A massage therapist then soothes backs with experienced knuckles and palms in the 30-minute Quick Fix massage (a $49 value). After the massage restores skeletons to their naturally upright form, patients emerge with spines as straight as the horizon and faces beaming bright as a lighthouse.