Growing up as a child in Iran, it wasn't unusual for Happy Farshid to see Turkish baths known as hammams. But when he came to America, they, like people who actually liked soccer, became significantly harder to find, according to the Orlando Sentinel. So Farshid decided to open one at his own spa, Shala Salon & Day Spa.
Shala's traditional Turkish bath surrounds guests with blue mosaic tiles imported from Italy, Moorish arches, and a domed ceiling. Guests take in their opulent surroundings while basking in the hammam's relatively gentle steam and lying down on a heated tile slab in the center of the room, where they typically receive a thorough massage and an exfoliating body treatment.
These immersive escapes are only one of the many options available to Shala's patrons. Stylists are also on-hand to design flattering new haircuts and weave honey-colored highlights into tresses. And aestheticians perform everything from waxing and basic facials using ?minence Organic Skin Care products to skin-rejuvenating photofacials and cellulite-reducing Endermologie procedures.
At Sanctuary Salon & Med Spa, owner Pareen Merchant leads a team of beauty experts that polishes clients' looks from head to toe. Hair designers create custom cuts and restore damaged hair with conditioning treatments. To remove body hair or prune overgrown Chia pets, the staff employs laser technology and the Middle Eastern art of threading, a signature service that caught the attention of Melissa Mayntz of LoveToKnow.com. Merchant learned the technique from friends and cousins before honing her speed and brow-arching skills at a cosmetology program in India.
Massage therapists soothe weary muscles with a variety of modalities, and aestheticians brighten complexions with clinical skincare treatments, including medical microdermabrasion and Revitalight LED sessions. The salon's nail services earned a spot as a finalist in the Best Manicure and Pedicure category of CityVoter's 2007 and 2008 awards.
With a glass of wine or beer in hand, guests of Shag’d Hair Studio kick back before undergoing hair and makeup services performed by a meticulous staff. The salon’s ranks include two Bumble and Bumble network educators and two Redken-certified colorists. They clip hair, add dimension with foil highlights, wax lips and eyebrows, and apply makeup to further accentuate facial features. The staff relies on several high-tier product lines—such as Bumble and Bumble, Redken, Moroccanoil, and Pureology—to perform each treatment and occasionally lubricate the studio’s door hinges.
Shag’d Hair Studio’s staff not only strives to turn envisioned looks into reality, but they also work hard to protect the environment. The custom-designed salon space boasts many eco-friendly features, including recycled Chicago brick, LED lighting, and a high-efficiency air-conditioner that kisses a polar bear every 10 seconds in order to create naturally cool air. The loft-inspired salon also offers free WiFi.
For more than 20 years, Laser Center of Orlando has been home to disappearing acts that would rival those of any magician. Instead of top hats and handkerchiefs, however, the center's tools of choice are lasers. In the hands of advanced registered nurse practitioners and certified technicians, these powerful devices can eradicate body hair, sagging skin, spider veins, acne, and even tattoos during meticulous treatments.
Though the lasers may be the starring act, other cosmetic services perform equally admirable feats. Anti-aging facials, peels, and microdermabrasion sessions restore a youthful glow to complexions, and dermal fillers such as Botox cancel out fine lines and wrinkles. Botanically based body wraps strive to tighten, tone and firm problem areas such as the stomach and neck, and an infrared sauna provides relaxation, detoxification, and skincare simultaneously.
When Aneta Filardo first got involved with laser hair removal, she was just a client. Impressed with the results, she became a Certified Medical Electrologist herself and, eventually, opened Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center. In the decade since it was founded, she's joined forces with other medical and cosmetic professionals including a board-certified plastic surgeon, physician assistants, and medical aestheticians who use the latest advancements in medspa technology to address a wide range of skincare issues.
Today, staff wield Palomar and NaturaLase QS cosmetic laser systems to foil follicles, even out skin tone, and erase tattoos. Body-contouring technology uses focused radio frequencies to disperse fat deposits by playing their least favorite music. To complement the high-tech treatments, aestheticians can recommend skincare regimens that use medical-grade products, including the medspa's private-label line.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.