The massage therapists at Simply Stylin' Salon?take relaxation as their starting point. They female staff dispense their time in 60-minute chunks, dedicating the whole hour to a each client. More than a luxury, the stress-eradicating benefits of massage constitute an important part of a person's beauty regimen. "In order to get the most out of your massage, it's important to come in on a regular basis," says Jay Madson, the new owner of Simply Stylin' Salon. "Most clients wait too long or just come in when they are experiencing pain." Though it's a big part of the job, he and the staff say that pampering clients is only half of what he enjoys about his work. He also loves meeting new people and "making friends."
Glitter, colorful tips, freehand seasonal designs, and abstract patterns swirl across keratin palettes at M&M Nails. Nail technicians' jewel-toned, neon, or pastel masterpieces aim to showcase clients' personalities. Relaxation is important here, too, with services such as reflexology treatments imbuing mani-pedis with extra decadence.
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.
With six years of experience, licensed aesthetician Valerie Telford loves to help her clients achieve beautiful skin by personalizing her services to the needs of her clients in order to achieve optimal results. At her soothing boutique skincare studio, she offers custom organic facials with natural enzymes, deeply exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments, and refreshing chemical peels using Epionce products, which she also distributes. In the spirit of the season, Pampered Skin Care also offers a pumpkin enzyme peel, perfect for invigorating skin on a chilly autumn morning. In addition to skincare, clients can bronze their bodies with paraben-free spray tans or exfoliate and hydrate their body with seaweed body wraps.
When Steffani Kemp thinks about her future, she can't imagine being in a place where she isn't beautifying nails with manicures, pedicures, and artful applications of polish. Her online portfolio includes creative nail designs that pay homage to cupcakes, holidays, cartoon characters, animals, and entire novels by Proust. Steffani’s services include manicures and pedicures that she upgrades with french tips and chip-resistant gel polish. All of Steffani's pedicures include a foot massage, and she also offers seasonal services such as lemon manicures and pumpkin pedicures.
Acrylic sculpted nails, hair extensions such as heat fusion, beads, and on the scalp, and Brazilian blowouts. These are just a few of the signature beauty treatments licensed cosmetologists and beauty experts at Lavish Salon are certified to perform. For the past 10 years, stylists have revamped men and women with everything from cuts and color treatments to real human-hair extensions. Yet, they don?t stop at the obvious elements?they also lengthen and volumize lashes with synthetic, mink, or polyester extensions and add semi-permanent mascara for lower lashes lasting for roughly two weeks.