“In the midst of winter I found there was within me an invincible summer.” ~Albert Camus
The winter chill is upon us. Mittens, hats, scarves and every other item of clothing you’ve piled on to stay warm this season can only temporarily hide your chipped polish, dull locks and chapped lips. You’ve got to come up out of your clothes at some point and unless you’re going for grizzly bear chic, those unshaven legs just aren’t the best look.
Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean grooming habits are deceased. In fact, this is the best time to step up your rituals. Protection and preservation is the name of the game when it’s frosty out. And since there’s nothing like a good day at the salon and spa to help you rejuvenate and beat down those winter blahs,* here is where Atlanta goes to perk up and get fresh in spite of the cold:
Fabu Face Spa 335 West Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 377-6363
This spa and boutique offers up quaint comfort and serenity, with the option to shop. First timers can get a sample of the services offered with the Fabu Petite package, which includes a 30 minute botanical facial and 30 minute Swedish massage for only $85.
Glam Bar 244 Peters Street SW., Atlanta, GA (404) 521-0800
Specializing in hair, nails and makeup, this full service salon offers amenities such as ipod shuffle rentals, front desk concierge service, and wine by the glass while you wait. The vintage 50s boudoir décor sets the stage for lavish pampering at reasonable prices.
Brash Brow & Lash Lounge 297 Candler Road SE., Atlanta, GA 30317 (404) 244-3799
Located two minutes from downtown Decatur, if your brows are in need of a doctor, you must see owner Jeffrey Stewart. Stewart and his Brash team will artfully sculpt your brows with your weapon of choice, either wax or razor. Other services include eyelash enhancements, facial waxing and brow coloring. First time clients get a special rate of $7 for razor brow service.
Sugar Coat Nail and Beauty Bar 256 Pharr Road NE., Atlanta (404) 814-2121
Sweet and sassy is the best way to describe this local beauty bar that prides itself on being one of the most sanitary places around. Pretty nails and feet are not the only things in store for you at Sugar Coat. This beauty bar offers body waxing, lashes, massages and organic spray tans.
Jeju Sauna 3555 Gwinnett Place Drive, Duluth, GA 30096 (678) 336-7414
Modeled after traditional Korean bath houses, this co-ed sauna features dry and wet sauna rooms, large heated and cool mineral pools and an indoor spa with a selection of services that includes acupuncture massages and full body scrubs. Get away and get a dose of R&R any time of the day or night, as Jeju is open to soothe your spa needs 24 hours a day. Added bonus, their authentic Korean restaurant on-site makes the 20 minute drive outside the city well worth it.
*Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real joy stealer. If you or someone you know is suffering from SAD, seek support and remember that the seasons must change and brighter days are on their way.