Temples of style have found a foothold in the City of Churches. Here are the go-tos for massages and makeovers.
In her light-filled mezzanine studio on Rundle Street, make-up artist and brow expert Millie Herd conducts one-on-one consultations before she shapes, tints or fills. Herd uses only scissors and tweezers, never wax (which she says can stretch and tear skin around the eyes), and her gentle touch means you’ll come away with modern arches sans redness.
This upscale nail bar is a clever blend of beauty therapy and podiatry. Classic manis and pedis are available but the speciality is a medical pedicure ($125), which includes a podiatry treatment for optimal foot and skin health. For colour, MediPedi is a fan of Dazzle Dry, a non-toxic vegan polish that dries “rock-hard” in five minutes. The new Norwood clinic is just as bustling as the flagship salon in Unley.
The Sanctuary at Hove
Offering an array of therapies – from remedial, deep-tissue and hot-stone massage to craniosacral therapy, myofascial cupping and reflexology – The Sanctuary at Hove is a suburban standout. Owner Melissa Lambert’s healing hands do wonders for muscle tension.
Parlour Unley is the chic home of Jason Fassbender, crowned Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the Hair Expo Awards. Whether you snag an appointment with him (he’s booked out months in advance) or one of his team, you’ll walk away with what he says is “killer hair”. Stock up on Kérastase and Kevin Murphy products while you’re here.
Jurlique’s Classic Signature Facials are conducted in tranquil rooms within its retail store at Burnside Village, near the brand’s birthplace in the Adelaide Hills. As the name suggests, these calming facials eschew high-tech processes like peels, laser and light therapy, instead using extracts of ingredients such as rosemary, rose petals, lavender and chamomile.
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