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Massage for Your Money
Zen Massage Dilworth
1021 East Blvd., 704-342-0996, zendilworth.com.
The Swedish massage at Zen Massage Dilworth is your passport to paradise. Start by having your skin submerged in warm, silky oil as you lounge and listen to soft piano music and the trickling of a tiny in-room waterfall. A skilled masseuse works each portion of your body, from fingers to toes, applying increased pressure to strained areas. A scalp massage polishes off this perfect hour of pampering, all for $49.95.
Re Salon and Med Spa
1212 South Blvd., 704-334-8087, resalonandmedspa.com
Housed in the old Dilworth Fire Station, re Salon and Med Spa offers an hour of intense skin renewal—sans the intensity. After a personal complexion analysis, begin with a jojoba oil precleanse and a vitamin C refinement mask with warm steam, both of which incorporate simultaneous scalp, neck, arm, and palm massages. Then comes a Vitamin C Peel and facial massage, accented by your choice of aromas (lavender is a popular pick).
Ritz-Carlton Spa & Wellness Center
201 E. Trade St., 704-547-2244, ritzcarlton.com/Charlotte
The Green Your Body Eco- Treatment at the Ritz- Carlton Spa & Wellness Center (110 minutes, $240) reads like a top-five list of the most relaxing experiences ever conceived in spa culture: foot soak, exfoliating scrub, cocoon wrap paired with a scalp massage, and all-over massage. And ecofriendly materials, including organic sugar and natural pumice (for the scrub), Sedona mud (for the scalp), seaweed (for the wrap), and aromatic essential oils (for everything), are used throughout the treatment.
607 Providence Rd., 704-339-0010, jeffrescott.com
If you’re ready to forget all the brow beatings of your past and finally tame those tiny twin manes, spend $20 and no more than twenty minutes with eyebrow architect Jeffre Scott. Scott determines your perfect shape and uses tiny scissors and a comb to trim, tweeze, and frame your brows to your face. For areas that require regrowth, Scott recommends specific lining pencils, powders, and tinted gels; he even hands you the mirror for a maintenance tutorial.
Mani/Pedi (less Than $35)
2133 Southend Dr., 704-334-1188
Tucked into a shopping plaza off South Boulevard, Modern Nails only has a few manicure tables up front and just four oversize pedicure spa chairs in the back, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in luxury and value. Thirty-one bucks buys you the works: the wine sipping, the foot soaking, the hand massaging, and a killer polish job on your fingers and toes. That extra $1 is what buys you your own personal high-grade nail file and buffer block to keep and bring in on your next visit.
Shine Salon, 1900 Commonwealth Ave., 704-344-0338, shinesalonclt.com
Botched an at-home color job? Wondering if you’d look good as a redhead but afraid to take the plunge? Amy Swaney to the rescue! Color consultations have become almost her full- time specialty. She loves a challenge, whether it’s helping you find a totally new color that you never thought you could wear or helping you fine-tune the color you’ve been rockin’ for years. One catch: being the best puts Swaney in high demand, so if you want to get her expert advice on what to do with your hue, get on her schedule ASAP.
Urbana City Spa and Teabar
7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Ste. 5B, 704-543-1700, escape2urbana.com
With the Urbana Mom massage, you’ll feel the healing power of a tender, gentle massage that will alleviate preggo aches and pains and quell swelling. Plus, anti- stretch-mark oil—containing ten pregnancy-specific essential oils like jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E — soothes, strengthens, and restores skin. Available only following the first trimester. $100 for sixty minutes.
Metro Fitness Club
2820 Selwyn Ave., Ste. 200, 704-365-6555, metrofitnessclub.com
From its neon-orange interior accents to its indoor track with artificial turf, everything screams upscale about the hip, new, progressive wellness hub Metro Fitness Club. But unlike your typical New York City loft-style gym, this midsize, boutique-style gym has the friendly, familiar feel of your neighborhood basketball court. Not to mention big windows, a CrossFit affiliation, and top-notch equipment (including Purmotion and traditional cardiovascular machines with iPod capability and cardio theater). The gym offers two types of membership, personal trainers, and about forty-five fitness classes, such as athletic conditioning and kettlebells.
Free Workout Class
4400 Sharon Rd., Ste. P13, 704-334-3682, lululemon.com
Lululemon is not just a fancy place to buy yoga pants; it’s a hub of wellness activism. Each store prides itself on getting out into the community and finding out how best to bring its mission of inspired, active living to the people. It’s kind of like a cult. A really, really healthy cult with a killer butt. One of the ways it woos new believers is with free weekly yoga classes in its
store (all levels welcome, mats provided), as well as occasional free classes at other fitness studios around the city.
“Shellac” at Polished Nail Bar
6700 Fairview Rd., 704-643-9199; 2041 South Blvd., 704-954-0004; 605 Providence Rd., 704-375-3488; ipolished.com
Yes, $45 is a lot to shell out for a manicure. But this, dear friends, is no ordinary manicure. Applied like polish, it dries in a flash under a heat lamp, rendering your nails so dry you’ll be able to dig around in the depths of your purse and then confidently open a can of soda. And while that $20 manicure you usually get might last you a week, this one goes strong for at least fourteen days without a single chip.
Now $45 is starting to sound pretty reasonable, isn’t it?
Charles Grayson Salon & Spa, 6401 Morrison Blvd., Ste. 4B, 704-364-2944, halcyondayssalonsandspas.com
This is Beth Soloman’s fifth year winning Best Waxer, and we swear it’s not because she has incriminating photos of us in our worst pair of underwear—though she’s definitely seen them. In fact, she’s seen it all. And the fact that we continue to swallow our shame and go back to Soloman for more is proof positive that when it comes to ripping and pulling and plucking, she does it better than anyone else. She’s friendly, efficient, gentle, meticulous, and, of course, completely nonjudgmental when we’ve gone too long without a little maintenance on our legs, eyebrows, or bikini line.
8 the Salon
4310 Sharon Rd., Ste. T01A, 704-366-0858
We wish we could brag that lauded West Coast hair master Rodger Azadganian (who has styled the locks of Kate Spade, Melinda Gates, and Linda Evangelista) was lured east because he wanted to get his hands on the lovely locks of the women in Charlotte. In truth, his decision to leave behind his lauded 7 Salons in Seattle and open 8 The Salon in the Queen City had more to do with one little lady—his new baby. Whatever the motivation, we’re thrilled to have this sleek new salon on the scene. The cuts and color services here live up to the reputation that precedes them.
Zx Fitness Matthews 10404 Independence Blvd., 704-814-7325; Zx Fitness Steele Creek, 13347 South Point Blvd., 704-504- 1077; zxfitness.com; Sport and Fitness Ballantyne, 11611 Ardrey Kell Rd., 704- 752-5988, sportsandfitnessclubs.com.
Thomas Mullins, a cycling instructor with five years’ experience (and a former college football player), pushes and pumps you up so much that you’ll forget how much your hamstrings, quads, and lungs are burning during his forty- five-minute classes. A personal trainer, too, Mullins motivates you with pop and dance music to add one more turn of tension on the bike and give every four- minute song your best. Find him at Zx Fitness and Ballantyne Sports and Fitness every week. $10 for a fitness pass at Zx Fitness; $10 at Ballantyne Sports and Fitness.