Azul Salon and Spa is tucked into a little shopping center on Arkwright Road, just off Interstate I-75 north of Macon. It’s a surprisingly airy space, with natural lighting and a subdued palette, perfect for relaxing. The original works of local and regional artists decorate the walls.
At Azul, the options are seemingly endless. The salon services vary by stylist and include everything from color to keratin treatments. The spa services include basics like manicure and pedicure, massages, basic facial waxing, and facials. Azul also offers more specialized services such as gel nail treatments, microdermabrasion, hot stone massage, body waxing, and permanent makeup application.
One of the best feature of Azul is that each stylist works in his or her own private space. One of my favorite features of Azul is that the staff members are there for their customers. Nothing is more uncomfortable than sitting in a hair or nail chair while two or more stylists have a private conversation over your head. At Azul, the customers are the focus of attention, whether it’s your first time or you are a “regular.”
Stylist Lee Tillman specializes in curly hair, cuts, and hair coloring. One of his most unique style techniques uses undercuts with cut-in designs. He introduced us to Azul through his Facebook photos of his hair design work.
I got a far less edgy cut, long layers. My son, Sam, who is 8, also got a long shaggy ‘do, swept over the eyes. Lee talked to Sam to find out what kind of style he wanted, and he delivered. My daughter, Bell, who is 5, got a long, angled bob. Lee gave my husband a great, short professional style.
A few weeks later, I returned to Azul to find the same friendly staff greeting me at the door. After several stressful days, my neck, back, and shoulders were so tight that a deep breath hurt. I wanted a Swedish massage, and I was pleased that I could get an appointment the same day with massage therapist Tommika Clark.
I’ve had many spa massages, and Tommika is one of the best massage therapists I’ve experienced. She did a great job identifying the muscles groups that were tight, and then finding the right location to massage to release the knots in the muscles. It was a relaxing experience, and I enjoyed her work so much that I purchased a three-massage package when I left, so that I could come back. My second massage was as therapeutic and the first.
I don’t usually get salon nail services, but I wanted to experience as many of Azul’s services as possible, and so I made two separate trips to manicurist Megan Hayes. Like all of Azul’s services, manicures and pedicures are done in a private room. Megan was easy to talk to, and she helped me decide what I might like for my nails. She took the time to explain to me the difference between the different nail polishes, including gel nails. For my toes, I chose regular nail polish, but for my fingernails, I chose to try gel polish. I loved the look, feel, and durability of gel polish, and since I don’t routinely wear them, I didn’t notice any adverse effect on my nails or cuticles after the gel was removed.
Azul is a comfortable retreat, where you can relax in an intimate atmosphere and enjoy being the center of your stylists’ attention. I have enjoyed each of my visits. I didn’t call very far in advance to make my appointments: although I recommend scheduling your salon and spa services at least a week in advance, I was able to get same-day appointments for both of my massages, my manicure, and my pedicure. I also found their prices to be competitive with other local salons and spas, and their staff was exceptional.
To find more information about the services and prices at Azul Salon and Spa, check their website, http://azulsalonandspa.com.