Owner Carol Carey regularly travels to London, Paris, and Milan to snatch up the latest in beauty trends and techniques which she quickly totes back to her salon, a chic beauty haven boasting a lengthy menu of hair, skin, and nail services. Bound by a strong culture of creativity, the dedicated staff of experienced stylists, manicurists, aestheticians, and massage therapists consult with clients to determine their aesthetic needs. They then carefully and skillfully execute the requested service, from anti-aging facials to hydrating manicures.
A reflection of Manhattan-style lofts can be seen in the spacious salon?s exposed-brick walls, high-vaulted ceilings, and suspended hair dryers, each an element that Carey fell in love with while studying hair coloring in New York. The contemporary retreat also boasts a row of European-style shampoo bowls, which give stylists 360 degree access to suds up manes with shampoo and Perrier, while advanced hair dryers blow-out heat from three angles for a faster processing time.
Dynese M. Hess, a certified acne specialist, massage therapist, and aesthetician, combines her 25 years of experience with medical-grade skincare products to cleanse and clear complexions in customized facial treatments. During a custom Classique Essential facial, Dynese steams, cleanses, and polishes weary mugs before evicting freeloading grime from pores during extractions. While aromatherapy stimulates olfactory glands and nimble fingers knead out shoulder, neck, and décolleté aches, troubled frontispieces soak in the mollifying benefits of a customized facial mask, leaving skin as energized and refreshed as a mug of hot coffee after its morning bath. Alternatively, Dynese reins in out-of-control blemishes with prescription-free, clinical-therapy acne treatments for guests suffering from acne grades I to IV. Dynese will perform a skin analysis and collect intelligence on backgrounds, lifestyles, and espionage agents in order to apply the appropriate treatment and to propose a home-care regimen.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rex Moulton-Barrett and his staff of hair whisperers use Sciton laser beams to smooth bewhiskered skins. In three sessions of small-area laser hair removal (a $107/treatment value), the laser's pulsating light heats the inside of hair follicles until their own melanin destroys them, much as lion tamers are destroyed by their own love of practical jokes. Small areas eligible for liberation from follicle tyranny include the chin, eyebrows and forehead, underarms, sideburns, back of the neck, upper lip, and standard bikini line.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries?Planet Beach 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.
The team at Stunners n Smashers Spalon operates under the mantra that not everyone?s hair is the same. So they make sure to begin each appointment with a thorough consultation in order to determine the best style for each individual client. From there, the team of stylists is capable of most anything: beyond cut and color treatments (including color correction) they can manipulate texture with Pravana and Brazilian blowouts, or create length with extensions and witchcraft. They also apply faux hair in six ways, including via heat-free protein bonds, braiding, or sewing.
Miniature recessed lights scatter across the salon's ceiling like a constellation of stars, casting a bright glow over neon green chairs, snow-white walls, and earthen clay tiles. Amid these modern accents, skilled stylist disassemble unwieldy hairdos, craft voluminous layers, and add highlights to flatter the client's complexion. Guests may also request an invigorating facial or private waxing session to banish unwanted hair.