More than a mere parlor for hairstyling and massages, 'N Dulge Day Spa & Salon envelops visitors in a world of deep tranquility and relaxation, replete with the intoxicating scents of aromatherapy and soothing soaks in mineral baths. Licensed massage therapists calm muscles with Swedish, hot-stone, and warm oil massages, and nail technicians beautify hands and feet with exfoliating scrubs and coats of Shellac polish. Warm light cascades over guests as they settle in for deep-cleansing facials, or share laughs with friends over wine and cheese during private spa parties.
Licensed massage therapist Modesta van den Bogaard sees herself as belonging to a long lineage of healers. “For centuries,” she writes on her website’s blog, “human touch has shown to have emotional and physical healing effects.” She backs up this claim with Swedish and deep-tissue massages that target any number of ailments, from general anxiety to chronic pain in the neck, back, fascia, and dorsal fin. When she isn’t administering one of her two flagship modalities, Modesta loosens tense muscles with hot stones or applies therapeutic pressure to specific points on the feet during reflexology sessions.
The savvy stylists at Yes We Do primp and pamper scalp-bound locks, shaping, coloring, and sculpting 'dos into stylish works of hair art. The 30- to 60-minute cut and style starts off with a shampoo, prepping hair for snipping and rinsing away product residue and head snakes. Skilled scissor wielders then deftly trim coiffures, shortening strands and recalibrating hair shape to frame faces in a custom style. With today's second option, a choice of color or highlights adds chromatic flair to freshly cut hair. Color changes can return locks or glam-rock wigs to natural hues, and highlights garner attention with electric streaks and sun-kissed tones. A blow-dry and style finish off treatments, prepping freshly finished hair for display in the outside world.
Amid high-vaulted ceilings, Hair Play Salon & Spa displays a newly remodeled interior, complete with modern artwork hanging from the walls. But even though the space has a fresh, new look, the salon's technicians still rely on classic beauty techniques to execute quality hair, skin, and nail services seven days a week. On the salon floor, stylists nourish locks with deep-conditioning Moroccanoil masks and add immediate length with hair extensions. During mani-pedis, nail technicians sheathe digits in acrylic tips or colorful Shellac polishes. Meanwhile, back in the spa area, aestheticians polish pores with a variety of facials, including treatments that eliminate acne and signs of aging.
The family-friendly shop also accommodates children younger than 12 with haircuts, cleaning up shaggy tendrils and shearing off french braids made from gum. Little ladies can further experience pampering with a princess package, which dolls up girls with a variety of mini nail, hair, and skin services.
Aruba Sunspa bronzes bods in safe and sanitary fashion, and maintains a fleet of different beds under the professional supervision of a fully trained staff. For UV-free tanning, the facility provides customizable airbrush tanning services. Aruba Sunspa also features full-spectrum infrared saunas, which facilitate relaxation and can potentially lead to clearer skin and less aches and pains.
NCBTMB could be an acronym for Nothing like Carthartic Bodywork to Make you a Mad Baller—but it isn't. It actually stands for National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, of which licensed massage therapist Amie Williams is a long-standing member. Drawing on more than 10 years of experience, Amie eases tension with relaxing hot-stone massages or accesses lower-layer hurts with deep-tissue or Thai acupressure techniques.
Customers who flock to Alter Ego Salon & Spa may find themselves feeling like completely different people when they leave. But though the stylists approach each corrective color treatment and cutting-edge haircut with deft precision, this transformation is more than just physical. It also stems from the pampering add-ons that accompany many services and help patrons shed the mental and environmental stressors that plagued them in their past life. Each shampoo and style, for example, includes a tress-nourishing treatment chosen specifically for the individual's hair needs, and nearly every hair service is enhanced with a stress-relieving massage that helps release scalp tension wrought by over-styling or heavy thinking. Waxing treatments ditch the hard stuff in favor of a soft soy-based solution, and deluxe mani-pedis go above and beyond basic pampering with luxurious foot masks that incorporate French cocoa, pumpkin essential oils, and red wine.