Elk Grove natives Frank and Kelly Ross opened Solé Salon & Spa to be a one-stop shop for beauty and calm. On one side, stylists clip and color hair, while across the room a massage therapist works out kinks in muscles and overworked pinky toes. The shop’s boutique stocks a selection of gifts and accessories crafted by local artisans.
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 spa and tanning services. 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, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning 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.
At Backs in Motion ChiroSpa, Dr. Williams and his staff aren’t just concerned with their clients’ physical health, but also their mental well-being. They pair expert chiropractic services with relaxing spa sessions to whittle away stress and tension from the outside in. Dr. Williams works to treat conditions ranging from arthritis to carpal tunnel syndrome and persistent headaches with his spinal-adjustment methods. He then turns clients over to his massage therapists and aestheticians for a full-on pampering in the spa with services such as bliss-inducing hot-stone massages or facials. The staff can also beautify faces with permanent-makeup applications, which can leave clients with enough time to make a nine-course breakfast in the morning.
Nailing a job interview, taking a spiritual retreat, and heading out for a night with friends—these disparate activities all work to boost one’s Oola. Fun to say and satisfying to achieve, you attain Oola when several core factors of your life are thriving. Oola might mean that you’re feeling good about your fitness level, finances, career, faith, or relationship with your family, friends, and ant-farm residents. The folks at OolaMoola hope to boost Oola levels nationwide by helping their clients map out their life’s goals and how they will go about achieving them. The service also boosts Oola quotients by introducing their members to cool businesses and offering discounts on services including massages, fitness, and mani-pedis.
Of all of the services at Taglio Salon & Spa, owner and stylist Jennifer Nunez's favorite is hair coloring. "Someone can walk in with flat, ugly, torn-up hairs," she said, "and in two hours change to a completely different person. It's instant gratification." Though the color results may seem instantaneous, Jennifer's acquisition of styling skills in the beauty industry has been anything but.
She first became interested in hairstyling in high school, when she did her friends' hair. After college, Jennifer used her marketing degree to land a corporate job, then promptly quit to enroll in a salon academy. Jennifer's mentor was a platform artist for celebrity stylist Trevor Sorbie who taught her not only the fundamentals of working with hair but also the importance of education and technique. Today, at her own salon, Jennifer requires quarterly continuing-education classes for all stylists.
Even the decor at Taglio Salon & Spa took time. Jennifer and an artist designed the floor—a cloudy swirl of greens and blues—to suggest an ocean reef. As organic as the finished product may look, the process involved an airbrush, pump spray, and painstaking effort. This philosophy of performing diligent, patient work to achieve spectacular results runs through all of Taglio's services, which include applying polish to nails, exfoliating faces, or slowly eroding mountainsides by breathing heavily on them.
Each of the products in Ella Blue's personal skincare and cosmetics line is artfully wrapped in packaging that offers a modern take on the classic pictures of ‘50s-era women. This playful yet timeless approach is also echoed in the spa menu, which ranges from soothing massages and eye-enhancing lash extensions to no-chip mani-pedis and tanning services that leave the skin glowing brighter than a plate of freshly baked pennies.
The dedicated staff of Beauty Chateau Med Spa Salon use treatments to help clients look and feel their best. Signs of aging ranging from sun spots to wrinkles can be combatted with IPL photo-rejuvenation treatments, crystal microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. Spa treatments such as body wraps and scrubs are enhanced with oils, Dead Sea salt, and therapeutic herbs. Mani-pedis can be augmented with paraffin treatments and hydrating masks. Beauty Chateau even provides hairstyling services, such as Brazilian blowouts and feather extensions.