In this friendly office, a team of nurse practitioners, medical aestheticians, and certified medical assistants specializes in medically designed weight-loss programs, which augment wholesome diets and exercise with medicinal aids, such as vitamin injections and prescription appetite suppressants. Staffers also train in nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, such as Botox, Juvéderm, and clown-nose application.
Knockouts, a guy-centric salon that's been featured on The Today Show, redefines the modern barbershop by rewarding its clients with sleek, quality cuts. The 25- to 30-minute Heavyweight treatment includes a consultation, before-and-after shampoos, cut, rinse, and styling according to personal preferences or a cutout picture of your favorite Sunday comic. Each weary head will be treated to a scalp massage and one nametag identifying it as "Movie Actor Harrison Ford." Knockouts Haircuts for Men's dècor mimics that of a boxing ring, but—unlike the real thing—guests look fresher and more refined when they leave. Complimentary beverages greet the mitts of each client, and flat-screen televisions and high-quality service round out a modern take on the classic barbershop experience.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the hydro-derma fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
At Salon D Squared, soothing music swathes senses in serenity, faces are refreshed with deep exfoliation, and muscle tension melts at the hands of licensed massage therapists. Setting its resurfacing sights on specific skin problems such as blackheads, dryness, or excessive oil, the D2 style facial begins by removing dead skin cells with a combination of microdermabrasion, deep cleansing, and a purifying mask followed by a steam treatment that gently opens pores and their mail.
The beauty professionals at Legacy Salons & Day Spa love to pamper clients with stylish 'dos, mani-pedis, and body treatments. Several of the stylists have more than 30 years of experience, and all use professional products such as Paul Mitchell, Moroccanoil, and Redken. The salon's massage therapist specializes in deep-tissue, prenatal, and hot-stone massage, as well as yelling at knots until they leave. Clients can also book long-lasting Shellac manicures, Brazilian waxes, and keratin hair-smoothing treatments that leave hair straight and shiny for several weeks.