Nu Waves Salon & Day Spa knows that hair needs protein just as much as the rest of the body does. That's why stylists there pick from four keratin-protein-based products formulated by Coppola, Brazilian Blowout, Simply Smooth, and plant-based KeraGreen, depending on which they judge to be most effective at strengthening frizzy locks. The protein enriches each strand, leaving hair softer, sleeker, and more manageable for up to five months. These keratin straightening treatments are the head of a parade of hair services that range from full color and highlights to perms to haircuts for men, women, children, and border collies who speak enough English to pass for human. Away from the bustling salon floor stand private treatment rooms, where aestheticians perform facials, microdermabrasion, and hot-stone massages, as well as a French-clay body mask that draws toxins from the skin.
Stylists certified in Goldwell, Wella, and Pravana hair color snip and style chic hairdos in a calming salon characterized by natural earth tones. The team analyzes the natural movement of each head of hair and collaborates with clients to design face-flattering cuts that match their style and colors that complement complexions or cummerbund collections. To this end, they wield an arsenal of all-natural shampoos, conditioners, and styling gels that include paraben- and sulfate-free Kevin.Murphy products, fortified with plant extracts, essential oils, and antioxidants.
Hollywood Tans' proprietary booths and technologies produce consistent skin tones without the hassle of baking in the sun. The studio boasts roughly 15 upright, sanitary booths that allow customers to do jumping jacks as they build bronze in 8–11 minutes. For those who prefer to shade sans rays, Mystic spray vestibules banish pallor by misting pelts in aloe-rich custom shades that last up to seven days, and a proprietary line of tanning lotions helps maintain and maximize color between visits.
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. Traditional tanning booths and beds are available, and the Mystic spray tan provides an instant and evenly applied glow. 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 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.
When Creative Designs Hair Studio's owner Nancy Nassar started her salon, she knew she wanted to clear-cut the impediments and general annoyances that can be part of the industry. She shunned the surprise fees and brusque services, and filled her modern salon with stylists eager to discuss trends and chat about techniques. Each appointment begins with a consultation during which hair experts discuss treatments and provide full pricing before they begin. To back each of their haircut and skin and body services, Creative Designs offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee; if clients aren't happy with the results, they can return for a touch-up, refund, or free bear hug.
La Vita Bella's treatments include everything from Botox injections to spray tan to eyelash extensions. With a highly qualified team of specialists, clients can rest assured that they're in the hands of caring professionals, whether opting for a pedicure with peppermint essential oils or a facial with natural plant and marine extracts. The stylists are no slouches, either, with nine different color services that range from face-framing highlights to mind-bending tie-dye.