Best of Kansas City 2016: Primp
Primp and Blow
Within 45 minutes, the pro stylists at Primp and Blow will have your hair squeaky clean and precisely on point. You’ll receive a luxurious shampoo including light scalp massage, blowout and round-brush styling ($40). No cuts, color or chemicals — just top-notch, blow-on-the-go hair pampering in a flash. The dry-bar professionals also offer updos, makeup and eyelash application, and a variety of hair extension options.
5621 W. 135th St., Suite 2640, Overland Park, Kan., (913) 562-1234, primpandblow.com
Sunlight Day Spa
Smooth, heated stones the size of a fist glide over your body, kneading the troublesome knots in your back, arms and legs. The warmth of the rocks allows your therapist to get deep into tense tissues without applying too much pressure. Soon you’ll forget Interstate 435 is just outside the door.
7373 W. 107th St., Overland Park, Kan., (913) 754-2023, sunlightdayspa.com
photo courtesy of Sunlight Day spa
KC Lashes Makeup & Brow Bar
Never wear mascara again! The pros at KC Lashes skillfully apply 100 individual extensions per eye for fuller, more luxurious lashes. The effect is subtle yet stunning, pricey but worth it. After your initial application, touch-ups are needed every two to four weeks.
4831 W. 135th St., Leawood, Kan., (913) 244-5771, kclashes.com
photo courtesy of KC Lash Makeup and brow bar
While there's no shortage of YouTube gurus offering step-by-step beauty pointers, there are those who prefer in-the-flesh face time with a makeup master. Kansas City’s foremost experts on the art of the smoky eye and the basics of face shaping can be found at MAC in the heart of the Country Club Plaza. Book a personal, hour-long training session for the 411 on a variety of techniques or pop in for a complimentary 10- to 15-minute session, included with product purchase.
320 Nichols Road, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 561-1075, maccosmetics.com
photo courtesy of MAC Cosmetics
There’s no place like Sephora. It’s the Disneyland for those obsessed with perfectly feathered brows and stay-at-home spa days. The mega retailer sells a never-ending selection of the most well-known makeup and skincare products on the market along with a dizzying display of innovative tools of the trade. Testers of nearly every product ensure you love it before you shell out the cash for the hottest new eyeshadow, foundation or lipstick.
Multiple locations, sephora.com
The Gents Place
The straight razor shave ($65) at The Gents Place is the finest pampering a man can get in this town. The facial/shave treatment combo incorporates six fine men’s grooming products and a dozen hot and cold towel treatments. Add a hand repair treatment for the ultimate day-at-the-spa experience. Massage therapies and other spa treatments are also available.
11544 Ash St., Leawood, Kan., (913) 631-3707, thegentsplace.com
No-frills, low-cost, high-quality massage without the obligation of becoming a club member is the order of business at Zen Massage. Options include the basic one-hour Swedish ($45), Raindrop Therapy ($65), Myofascial Release ($50) and Neuromuscular Therapy ($55).
Two area locations, zenmassageusa.com
photo courtesy of zen massage
Chris Hess of Abraxas Tattoo Co.
One of the distinctive winners of the KC Tattoo Arts Convention in May, Chris Hess executes with such flawless detail you’ll do a double take because his work is that lifelike. Instagram the creative genius @chrishess and view designs that look more like works of art than doodles on skin.
700 Massachusetts St., Suite 307, Lawrence, Kan., abraxastattoo.com
Emma Powis of Oleander Aesthetics
Numerous glowing Yelp reviews are reason enough to try this exclusive West Plaza skincare spot. Popular options include the Oleander Signature Lift ($85), a 4-step process including vitamin C, glycolic acid and active enzymes to brighten, tighten and lighten your skin; or the Perfection Lift ($90), which addresses photo damage, fine and deep lines, moderate to severe skin damage, pigmentation disorders and acne.
1703 W. 45th St., Kansas City, Mo., (816) 974-3338, oleanderaesthetics.com
photo courtesy of Oleander Aethestics
Kristine Kay Skin Spa
In case you haven’t heard, your eyebrows need to be on fleek — as in perfectly groomed, shaped and filled. The trend is here to stay, so finding the perfect pro to transform your tiny hairs into soft, natural arches is a must. Kristine Kay’s Signature Brow Design ($50) includes her proprietary 7-step process that finishes with a personalized brow makeup lesson. For a long-lasting solution to thinning and over-plucked brows, consider microblading (eyebrow embroidery), which is the application of pigment, similar to tattooing, applied in feathering strokes to mimic the appearance of hair.
7425 Washington St., Kansas City, Mo., (913) 515-8212, kristinekay.com
Imperial Foot Care
Imperial Foot Care offers the most unique and comprehensive reflexology treatment in Kansas City. The ancient healing technique is based on the idea that there are trigger points in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to all parts of the body. Your masseuse at Imperial thoroughly applies pressure to these spots and more. Be warned: At times, the pressure can be intense. The well-intentioned reflexologists at Imperial aim to promote relaxation and energy flow to stimulate the body’s ability to balance and heal itself. In this age of high-fashion spas, where choosing a treatment can often be more stress-inducing than reducing, a session at Imperial Foot Care is a refreshing change of pace.
4120 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 12, Kansas City, Mo., (816) 216-1702, imperialfootcare.com
photo lizzie hewitt massage