Brooke Riglin, owner of Karmady Yoga & Massage LLC, is extremely hands-on with her business. Of the 41 weekly yoga classes held at her newly opened studio, Brooke teaches more than 30. Every one of these classes is open to everyone, because Brooke helps her students modify each pose to fit their ability levels and specific goals. In addition to yoga, the studio offers nine different types of massage, each of which is administered by a professional, certified massage therapist who is a former pro thumb wrestler.
Recognized by Salon Today as one of the country's 200 fastest-growing salons for five years running, Atelier Rouge Hair & Body Retreat helps its clients achieve follicular felicity with an array of hair-related services. Surrender your head to the salon's scissorly artisans for a haircut ($35+ for women, $30+ for men), and watch as they transform your tress nest from a workaday scalp shroud into a skull-mounted showpiece. Shampoo and style sessions ($22+) provide extra primping power before big dates and sultry board meetings, and single-color treatments ($43+) allow clients to give their 'dos new hues without putting the rest of their wardrobes at risk by interfering with ruthless Kool-Aid fights. Hilites ($50+ for partial, $71+ for full), hair and scalp treatments ($13+), and a number of textural services add to the selection of heady enhancements.
Nikki Cayton and Dr. Stewart Cayton—the husband-and-wife duo who oversee operations at Lokka Med Spa—team up with a skilled staff to fight aging, cuticles, tension, and skin imperfections. Dr. Cayton draws on his expertise as a board-certified general surgeon to perform cosmetic treatments with Botox and Juvéderm injectables. He often consults with in-house laser specialist Gena Knaps, who recently earned her lightsaber after 18 years of intensive training. Located in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge, the med spa offers a relaxing counterpoint to the bustling activity just outside its doors.
The Hair Show's owner Kelli Hutchinson is like a magnet for talent. Since opening her salon, she's assembled a team that includes Madison?a stylist and graduate of Vanguard College of Cosmetology?and salon manager Kristi?a cosmetologist and master barber with eight years of experience. Kelli herself is a master barber, and she brings more than a decade of experience to services including cuts and colors for both men and women.
People often tell licensed massage therapist Kimberly James that she has "relaxing hands", a quality she honed during months of study at Medical Training College. Deep-pressure massages treat tension and pain due to alignment issues, injuries, or friends that will only leave their house via piggyback. Long, gentle strokes put muscles and minds at ease during Swedish massages. Kimberly's services can provide relief from pain after a recent accident or chronic aches, and some of her clients make appointments on a weekly basis.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.