Self care, do care: Amara helps people take care of themselves

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Amara Day Spa Salon & Boutique has 115 employees between its two Utah County locations: Lehi and Orem. While Amara does it all, some of its most popular services include botox, eyebrow waxes, hair coloring, and manicures/pedicures. (Photo courtesy of Amara)

When Amara Day Spa Salon & Boutique Founder Leigh Bennett was trying to decide on a name for her spa in 2004, her sister came across the name “Amara” in a baby name book. The African name Amara means “beauty.” And from its inception, Amara Day Spa Salon & Boutique has been focused on helping people feel beautiful with its variety of services.

Amara is a one-stop shop for beauty needs. From the on-trend salon haircut and color to botox and spa services, Amara is a game-changer in Utah’s beauty world. Plus, Amara has a boutique to round out the wardrobe.

“None of the aspects of Amara are an afterthought,” Leigh says. “They are a very strategic part of how we operate. We want to be a place where people can maximize their time, helping themselves to feel and look beautiful and not have to take away from their family and jobs because they get everything done in one place.”

Leigh says Amara is built on improving lives and how people feel.

“My philosophy even before I owned my own business when I was working in my first spa setting was that if I could do anything at all to make clients feel better about themselves — whether it was their outward appearance or our interaction while they were getting something done for their outward appearance — then I knew they would take on the world better,” she says.

With two Utah County locations — one in Lehi and the other in Orem — Amara has been helping increasingly more people feel their best.

“I’m a firm believer in if you don’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of other people. If you don’t feel good, that’s what you portray to the world,” Leigh says. “As a mom, as a business owner, as an employee of whatever company you work for, if you feel good about yourself and how you look, you are going to show up happier, you’re going to work harder, you’re going to do better because you don’t have your own negative self talk in your way. You can move forward in any arena that you are spending your time when you feel confident.”


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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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