Tucked inside Daytona Beach Resort, Terra Acqua Day Spa shelters weary travelers and residents from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. From inside private treatment rooms, Hawaiian-made candles fill the air with the intoxicating scent of coconut as skilled staff members ease tension with soothing massage techniques. Body scrubs from local vendors gently whisk expired cells from corpuses, and imported creams and body wraps pare down hazardous curves. The pampering continues outside on the ocean deck, where cabana-shaded massage tables pair sessions with fresh air and the coos of relaxed conch shells.
The experienced stylist who lends his name to Salon Stefan beautifies tresses with expert cut and coloring services performed with professional products. In consultations, clients discuss their desired looks to personalize their services before Stefan snips and trims manes into the desired bob, bouffant, or hollowed-out beehive to hide stolen Academy Award satuettes. Matrix and Pravana coloring solutions infuse the client's choice of hue onto eager strands. The highlight maestro defends his title with full-foil treatments, wrapping strands snugly for all-over highlights, lowlights, or pinstripes that match a favorite blazer. After the services, hair enjoys expert styling to a pristine finish. The formaldehyde-free Pravana keratin hair treatment routes out frizz and smooths cumbersome curls to outfit clients with sleek, shiny locks.
Daytona Yoga & Wellness Center's certified massage therapist, Ron Ghaffarian, pampers muscles and minds with soothing Thai yoga massage sessions. Thai yoga massage integrates the active aspects of yoga with a variety of healing techniques, such as acupressure, yoga poses, gentle twists, and meditation. As the massage therapist rhythmically kneads muscles and tendons while performing concentrated energy work, the body releases stress, tension, and agitated spirit animals.
The professional nail technicians at Artizon Hair Studios decorate digits with an array of manicure and pedicure services. After patrons remove jewelry and scuba flippers, a professional nail technician lengthens lifelines with a full hand massage. Feet and hands steep in a relaxing soak before a foot exfoliation smoothes away the top layer of dead skin. To finalize the digit makeover, cuticles are shaped and buffed to a high shine in preparation for an application of polish in the patron's choice of color.
Alternatively, a French luxury mani-pedi supplements all the amenities of the express mani-pedi with a slew of additional cuticle-coddling treatments. A foot massage places hot stones between the toes, invigorating the senses without the unpleasant burns associated with vacationing in a volcano. A longer hand and foot soak in special, premium oil cultivates healthier skin, and an exfoliation treatment scrubs away dead cells. To complete the roughly 80-minute treatment, a French polish caps nails with a longer-lasting layer of color.
A trip to the islands is the most relaxing getaway. The staff at Java Hair Company strive to recreate that state of relaxation with a tropical atmosphere and a roster of beautifying services. Expert hair stylists snip clients' hair into face-flattering shapes, adding color and highlights to add dimension without using hairspray to sculpt it into a cube. Facials restore moisture to tired skin, and massages release tension and aches. The gel polish used in manicures resists chips for up to two weeks, and feet get scrubbed and lotioned up during pedicures.
The Mystic spray-tan booths at Hollywood Tans hydrate and tint skin for a sun-kissed look without exposure to damaging UV rays. The Mystic process mists the body with bronzers, moisturizers, and DHA, designed to tint skin with smooth and natural-looking color that can last for up to a week, about as long as a popsicle licked only once a day. Tanners can set the system's cartridge to one of four shades to customize their epidermal emblazoning, and the treatment yields instant results, imbuing the bodies of procrastinators with a last-minute glow in time for special occasions. In addition, the standup booths are easily accessible and convenient for those who prefer to bronze while sleepwalking.
Warmed bamboo branches , heated river rocks , and peppermint oils are just a few of the natural elements that the licensed massage therapists at NewAgeTouch incorporate into their treatments. Salt scrubs marry skincare and massage, loosening muscles with hot towels before a mixture of Dead Sea salt, aromatherapy, and oil are applied to the skin in a cadence that mimics Swedish massage strokes. Afterward, skin feels softer to the touch than a coat made from luxuriant muppet fur. NewAge Touch also sells skincare products, massage supplies, and pillow sprays to soothe the senses just before bed.
Within the berry-colored walls at Simply Soothing Massage, therapists soothe stressed clients with personalized massage treatments. Massage modalities, such as deep-tissue or hot-stone massage, work to enhance moods by increasing the amount of serotonin, dopamine, and knock-knock jokes in the mind, while also prodding toxins from the body. Clients can further purify themselves with ear candling to remove excess wax and sugar scrubs to slough away dead skin. To extend its range of services, Simply Soothing Massage also employs hairstylists who sculpt coifs for men and women before fluffing manes with a blow-dry.
Armed with the knowledge that every person’s skin is different, the staff at The Hot Spot Tanning offers clients access to a range of UV-and sunless-tanning methods that suit many skin types. The salon features five tiers of Level 1–5 UV, the latter of which build upon the basics of Level 1 beds by adding in amenities such as cooling fans and pressurized bulbs for faster, burn-reducing results. Staff members also accommodate the needs of clients who prefer UV-free methods with automated VersaSpa spray-tan booths, which dispense a pigmented mist to create a head-to-toe tan in 48 seconds.
Dr. Bonnie Rae specializes in injectables, smoothing wrinkles with artfully placed injections of Radiesse, Restylane, and other dermal fillers—but her work extends far beyond that. She also
provides teeth whitening and treats TMJ pain with hi-tech, digitally made bite appliances and provides relief with trigger point injections, and she rounds out her eclectic array of expertise with skincare treatments. She's an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, the creators behind a bevy of skin products.
In a full-service spa, Fantasia Hair, Nails, and Body's aestheticians combine more than 30 years of collective experience. They tease and clip hair into voluminous styles and tone skin with exfoliating sea salt or full-body mud masks. Before meticulous applications of OPI or Star nail polish, patrons can massage feet in pedicure footbaths lined with marbles. They offer hair, nail, skin care services, and massage. In addition to OPI and Star nail products, they also feature Creative Nail Design polishes, including Shellac gel polish.
Licensed aesthetician and makeup artist Vilma Lamica trained and worked in Boston and New York before heading south to sunny Daytona Beach. As the owner of Salon 31, she helps create classic, edgy, and trendy looks with her team of three other beauty professionals. Together, they snip away split ends and add color and texture to strands. They also reduce frizz with Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger keratin treatments and sweep hair into stunning updos.
The thought of snow-free winters drew Dr. Sandeep V. Patel back to Daytona Beach from New York City, where he earned his doctorate in dental surgery from New York University. At his practice, My Daytona Dental, he performs a full slate of dental services that he honed while working on the Upper West Side. His specialties range from preventive exams and teeth whitening to veneers, implants and cavity fillings.
From head to toes, the staff at Second Impressions Salon and Spa works hard to fine-tune the exteriors of all the clients who walk through the doors. Eye-popping colors coat fingers and toes after a technician delicately shapes and buffs nails during each mani-pedi. The staff also readies clients for weddings, photo shoots, and hot-dog-eating contests with professionally applied makeup and waxing services.
Brands Used: Redken, Pravana , Schwarzkopf
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes