To avoid the irritation and fleeting results common among standard skincare services, Aminahs Organic Skin Spa goes back to basics—organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, and herbs provide the basis for every treatment the aestheticians perform. Calling on certifications from Éminence Organic Skincare—a Hungarian line that shuns harsh chemicals and additives—the skin experts customize each facial to suit the client's skin type and target nagging issues such as acne blemishes or signs of aging. They keep tabs on their treatments' effectiveness with before-and-after photos and send clients home with an individualized skincare regimen to follow, ensuring that they'll keep the radiant results for as long as possible. Meanwhile, a host of other services take a gentler approach to beautification: organic microdermabrasion treatments eschew the use of machines, organic peels incorporate no chemicals, and waxing treatments use wholesome, natural waxes to leave skin smooth. Beyond the spa's dedication to saving skin by using formulas free of parabens, pesticides, sodium lauryl sulfate, they also strive to save the planet—all skincare products are created using wind and solar power and packaged in recycled containers.
Joshua Lemmens always knew he wanted to help others. Two years of medical school launched Joshua's vocational journey before he decided to join the U.S. Air Force. After eight years of contributing to the health and safety of the country, he again switched gears and became an entertainer, singing and lifting spirits in Vegas and beyond. When Joshua's mother fell ill, however, he immediately stopped his travels and began learning the art of massage in order to help her feel better.
In 2011, Joshua collaborated with Tuscany Suites & Casino to open La Riva Massage and Spa, located inside the hotel's fitness center (between hotel buildings "I" and "K"). In both of La Riva's two massage rooms, guests relax atop heated massage tables as therapists use their nationally certified and state-licensed hands to relieve tension and ease pain. Clients can customize their sessions by choosing a male or female therapist and dialing into their preferred Pandora stations.
Because Joshua puts a big emphasis on relaxation, La Riva Massage and Spa often schedules a 30-minute window between sessions. This way, guests don't feel rushed out the door and therapists have enough time to massage each other's massaging hands.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach — A Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the 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 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.
Since opening her beauty boutique and day spa in the fittingly chic locale of Boca Park Fashion Village, Yvonne Rodriguez has overseen Mixt Cosmetics’ transformation into a one-stop beauty shop with services that include facials, waxing, and eyelash extensions. The spa’s staff works tirelessly to bolster beauty and confidence with glamour-enhancing cosmetic services that stay true to Yvonne’s original mission statement, “We specialize in sexy.”
In pursuit of this singular goal, makeup artists spruce up complexions with Eye Candy and Smashbox cosmetics, and a full-service lash bar extends eye fringe with sets of lashes made of mink and silk. On the other side of the salon, hair stylists tame bouncy curls and charm snake-infested scalps while licensed aestheticians strip away dirt and excess body hair with facials and gentle waxing treatments. The spa’s friendly, funky environment lends itself to quality girl time; laughter and lively chatter blend seamlessly with the salon’s regular soundtrack of clips and contented sighs.
Recently named Las Vegas Review-Journal's 2013 pick for best beauty salon, Pico Madama Beauty & Hair Health Salon emphasizes the importance of healthy, beautiful hair. The experienced hair consultants and stylists don?t settle with a big-picture view of beauty. Using a BeautyScope digital microscope that magnifies the scalp and strands of hair up to 200 times, they diagnose damaged locks, propose styling or treatment plans, and ensure microscopic civilizations aren?t bulldozing their hair forests. From there, stylists may implement hair-health plans including scalp facials with exfoliation that uses botanical products, special brushes, and three massage techniques. They also zoom out from their close-up views to redefine looks with cuts and styles, single- or double-process color treatments. The upscale, Summerlin salon sets clients at ease with a modern design, complimentary coffee, tea, or water, and glass shelves full of exclusive PHYTO hair health products.
The interior of Blo Salon mirrors the work of its stylists: crisp, modern, and meticulously arranged. With every piece of decor painted a striking white, the stations seem to welcome color and experimentation as a contrast to their minimalist chic. The staffers are happy to deliver—they apply highlights as well as all-over hues with L'Oréal products such as INOA, an ammonia-free permanent color that doesn't irritate sensitive scalps, unlike color that has to be scribbled in with sharp Crayola pencils. The service menu also includes extensions, blowouts, and Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola in addition to careful cuts. As members of a multicultural salon, junior and senior artists alike eagerly fashion new ’dos for all hair types and are experienced in working with African-American hair.