Stylist and aesthetician Ashley Hunt has carved out a corner for herself inside An Exclusive Salon by Tammy where she treats her clients to a menu of refreshing facials and salon services. Her skilled shears descend on overgrown locks and reshape them into chic looks for men, women, and children, and shellac manicures pamper and protect nails with durable shellac polish. Alternatively, bodies can prepare to bare themselves with waxing services and spray-tanning sessions.
Clients walking into La Bella Delle Rose Salon might sense a warm, personal aesthetic shaping the styling studio, even if they don't know that the dark-wood reception desk was hand-built by the owner's father. Sherbet-colored walls backdrop ice-cream-themed decorations, a popcorn machine commingles with the coffeemaker in the waiting area, and a manicure station recalls a fortune-teller's table with its scarlet damask draping. While basking in Pureology hair treatments or being prepped for weddings and other landmark occasions, guests sit beneath studio lighting, which helps them tell stylists apart from IRS agents.
When it comes to adding pizzazz to hair, the stylists at Purple Zebra Salon have plenty of options in their repertoire. They can add volume with updos, give locks wavy makeovers with perms, or brighten strands with highlights, color, or feather hair extensions from Featherlocks. The team's skills aren't limited to the hair on your head—lashes and brows, for instance, can be rejuvenated with subtly applied extensions and permanent makeup. Each beautifying session takes place inside the salon's cozy yellow-and-purple interior, where, sure enough, there's a white image of a zebra on the purple back wall.
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.
European glamour fuses with clinical expertise at Bella Derme Medical Aesthetic Center, home to medical-grade spa services. A laser-certified physician oversees treatments such as IPL photorejuvenation, which can reduce signs of rosacea and broken capillaries via light pulses that even skin tone more effectively than dipping oneself in wax. Alternatively, clients iron out wrinkles with the smoothing power of noninvasive dermal fillers such as Botox and Juvederm, and prettify visages with waxing treatments, facials, or exfoliating crystal-free dermabrasion.
From eyelash extensions to manicures and pedicures, the Modern Nails & Lashes team literally beautifies clients from head to toe. After a waxing treatment, facial, or massage, clients relax in the pale green and blue pedicure area, which is bordered by a wood trellis woven with branch-like sculptures. Complimentary WiFi waves perform invisible ballets through the air as nail techs dole out free pedicures to children 5 and younger—available in conjunction with their parents' services.