A shared passion often brings talented people together. That's certainly the case at Planet Sol Salon, where each staffer brings her own background and artistic eye to the salon chair. Alexa Cline, for example, trained with Redken educators to gain expertise in haircuts and color treatments. Melissa Guerra specializes in chemical texturizing, and Natasha Gutierrez—who has interned with an American Board Certified Haircolorist—uses highlights to give hair the perfect amount of dimension. Not limiting themselves to just hair, the team members also administer aesthetic services such as chocolate foot masks and shellac mani-pedis.
The stylists are educators themselves, too. They know that a new look is ultimately pointless if it can't be regularly recreated at home, especially if clients find themselves stuck in a temporal loop. To that end, they recommend manageable styles and explain the step-by-step process for their creation.
Massage therapist Johnny has been de-stressing clients for 10 years. He specializes in deep-muscle therapy, which alleviates muscle tension and pain due to repetitive-motion injuries using pressure ranging from firm to deep. He also customizes each of his massages to fit each client’s particular injuries and ideal amount of pressure. To further relax clients, Johnny incorporates aromatherapy, plays soft music, and assures them that tax season is months away. And when not kneading clients, he teaches other massage therapists the tricks of his trade.
The well-trained therapists at Happy Feet Massage aim to relieve tension and improve overall health with reflexology and massage treatments. Talented fingers press specific points on arches and toes to help soothe general tension, ease pain, and get “These Boots are Made for Stomping” out of your head during 30-minute reflexology sessions. The ancient Chinese treatment has also been used to speed post-operative recovery, ease mental health issues, and lessen side effects from chemotherapy. Alternatively, trained palms also coax tension and co-dependent backpacks loose from lower backs and shoulders during 30-minute massages.
Knots Out Massage Therapy's licensed massage therapist Kim Brown and Vogue College of Cosmetology graduate Marla Nier team up to mold bodies into consummate condition with sundry spa services. Reform hirsute bikini lines with a 120-minute Brazilian sugaring ($50), or quell rebellious subnasal follicles by way of a 15-minute lip sugaring ($10). A 60-minute cupping massage ($50) locks relaxation into tired striations, and a 30-minute hot-stone massage ($35) can warm spines into a more comfortable alignment. Imbue weary visages with alertness and brightness by combining pampering and self-care in a 90-minute custom facial ($50), fitted specially to each epidermis's needs, or by dunking your head in a Tupperware container filled with highlighter ink.
Employing a small, motorized treatment head, Contours' Endermologie treatment helps reduce the appearance of cellulite by gently lifting and rolling the skin. During the course of 10 treatments, Contours' lipomassage device stimulates the lymphatic systems, eliminating toxins and increasing collagen production. Treatments also help to smooth the dermis by softening the connective tissue and exfoliating excess breadcrumbs. The skin-soothers at Contours will provide epidermis owners with the personal body suit necessary for each relaxing 35-minute treatment. All treatments are performed by a trained and certified lipomassage therapist, and help to tame tawdry cellulite without the use of lasers, invasive surgery, or bullwhips.
Uniting life-coaching and esthetics under one holistic roof, New Beginnings Wellness Spa refines minds and reshapes bodies through a profusion of well-making services. The three-part detoxification session blasts off with GX-99 endermatheraphy, a relaxing vibratory massage amped up by attachments said to stimulate circulation, eliminate fat, and put the finishing touches on cell-phone impersonations. Bodies carry on cleansing with an herbal body wrap, as technicians coat skin in an epidermis-doting mixture, swathing spa-goers in coffee, essential oils, and herbs. Detox trilogies conclude with the client's choice of an alpha deluxe spa capsule session or tea wet steam bath. The pod-shaped alpha capsule encases would-be cosmonauts in an ergonomically contoured bed, abetting metabolism and willing weight loss through a sauna-like dry-heat system. Alternately, the tea steam bath exposes skin to perspiration-producing vapor, clearing glands of bacteria, eliminating epidermal impurities, and preparing bodies for foreign-exchange trips to the Elemental Plane of Fire.