Luxe Aveda Concept Salon evokes a sense of contemporary glamour by offering luxurious services amid its lofty ceiling and grey and fire-engine-red walls. A hairstyling visionary, Ray Hernandez presides over a team of hair-transforming artisans who administer cuts, color services, and specialized treatments. These stylists are so passionate about their craft that they educate clients about haircare, recommending Aveda products to maintain their new looks.
Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular items such as Shampure shampoo and witch hazel hair spray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging that cradles ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
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.
The eco-minded team at Island Day Spa nourishes skin with naturally derived formulas that demonstrate respect for the environment. Whether hydrating feet in warm paraffin wax or exfoliating skin with a walnut scrub, staffers employ Aveda products, which are formulated with ingredients such as organic essential oils and cage-free herbs. Microdermabrasion and microcurrent therapy combat fine lines or skin laxity, and Aveda's enzyme- and nutrient-rich products add curative benefits to aromatherapy massages and reflexology sessions.
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.
Amidst tan and green hues, guests nestle into pedicure thrones or rest arms atop manicure stations while Happy Nails & Massage technicians enhance fingers and toes with mani-pedis, acrylics, or Shellac. Inside a private treatment room, waxing specialists remove unwanted hair and drawn-on mustaches or loosen tight muscles with reflexology 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.