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Monica Yearwood, Soulistic Studio & Spa
Yearwood’s combined training in massage therapy and ayurvedic studies (traditional Indian medicine) offers the best of both worlds. After my 30-minute consultation over tea and the subsequent Indian head, hand and foot massage (customized with essential oils), I’m ready to sign up for an ayurvedic lifestyle. 60-minute ayurvedic massage starts at $95.
Jennifer Clower, Lustre Skin Boutique
When opening Lustre with her partner, Cynthia Mueller, four years ago, Clower had a mission: provide treatments aggressive enough to improve clients’ skin and relaxing enough so they’ll return. She shows a merciless attention to detail with extractions during my glycolic peel, but between the citrus-scented toner and Clower’s massage, my face feels more beautified than battered. 45- to 60-minute facials $85–$135.
Nancy Nguyen, Stylish Nails
What this nail salon lacks in frills—fake flowers and a TV tuned to The View—Nguyen makes up for with her immaculate cuticle trimming and paint job. I can barely stop rubbing my baby-soft hands together long enough to pay up the affordable Monday through Wednesday bill. Mani-pedi Mon–Wed $27; Thu–Sun manicures $11, pedicures $20, mani-pedi $30.