Jolie Salon & Day Spa has a team of beauty gurus that's 70 strong, and not one has ended up there by chance. After graduating from cosmetology school, new stylists earn their place among their peers by completing an apprentice program overseen by master stylists. There, the up-and-coming embrace the salon's established philosophy of working for client's features and lifestyle. And that doesn't stop at the hair. Estheticians prescribe personalized facial treatments and chemical peels that incorporate everything from European seaweed blends to active blueberry extracts to improve each individual's tone and texture. When salves and balms aren't enough, technology steps in?microdermabrasion wands address signs of aging and submicronic oxygen facials push pure oxygen and vitamins deep into the skin.
Elsewhere throughout Jolie Salon & Day Spa's 6,000 square feet, massage therapists incorporate aromatherapy and hot stones into their Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology techniques. Reflexology can also be found in the technicians' nail treatments, which leave cuticles sparkling beneath the rounded track lighting. Exposed ductwork hangs from the high ceilings throughout, serving as a constant reminder of the spa's air-purification and exhaust systems, which whisk away chemical aromas and the speech bubbles of past conversations to leave the salon smelling fresh and naturally clean.
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.
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.
A graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy, owner and operator Lauren Nelson leads a team of three other muscle therapists, Amy, Brendan, and Linda, as they turn down tension levels and subdue stress at Touch of Health Massage Therapy. Therapeutic, sports, myofascial, Swedish, reiki, shiatsu, and hot-stone massages are all key players in the team's quest to relax the body and relieve tension by quieting tight muscle bands and their incessant rock 'n' roll music. Beyond using massage to treat maladies ranging from fibromyalgia and arthritis to sports injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome, Lauren also completed a muscle-therapy course at Hofstra University with a focus on oncology, allowing her to address the particular therapeutic needs of clients with cancer.
The staff at La Paz Salon blends beautification and relaxation with their lineup of hair and massage treatments. Stylists work closely with clients to craft classic, modern, or cutting-edge looks, snipping away loose ends, styling fetching updos, and softening hair with conditioning services. The staff also makes a concerted effort to educate their customers, leaving them with the know-how to recreate the salon look or do algebra right. La Paz Salon also keeps a colorist on board who can add dimension and eye-popping new hues with all-over color, highlights, and corrective treatments.
Candles shed soothing light in Lavenders Body Care Clinic’s dim treatment rooms, kindling a calming ambiance where relaxation can thrive. In addition to nailcare and spray-tan services, the licensed aestheticians, cosmetologists, and therapists lend their skilled hands to massages, facials, masks, and body wraps. The clinic’s spa rituals merge individual services into super packages enhanced with raw and organic products including lavender, milk, honey, and wild peanut butter.