Zen Garden Spa's attentive appendage groomers lavish hands and feet during relaxing manicures and pedicures. Two-hour luxury spa mani-pedis soak hands and feet in warm waters before a brisk rubdown with sea salts sheds dead skin cells more effectively than hugging a rough tree. Aestheticians then trim and buff nails into pearlescent ovals before delicately brushing them with coats of protective, glossy polish. The addition of hot stones transforms the pedicure into a volcanically soothing experience—strategically positioned stones release the tension pent-up in weary foot muscles—and a dip in warm paraffin wax keeps fingers and toes pleasantly moisturized and allows them to double as candles in the event of a power outage.
Southern Stranz Salon's professional stylists expertly gussy up manes and nails, drawing from a roster of beautifying services. Each aesthetic technician aims to be thoughtful and courteous while coloring tresses, smoothing out crinkled strands, or fishing out spatulas from tangled hairdos. Striking black shelves punctuate the salon's gray walls, and fire-engine-red pillars and furnishings contrast the neutral color palette. A custom-made painting perches above the waiting area, where wicker seats gather around a zebra-print rug.
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. 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.
The true passion of the aestheticians of Glamour Obsession Beauty Studio, which is a member of Associated Skin Care Professionals, lies in luxuriating bodies with anti-aging facials and nourishing therapies. The studio's experienced beauty techs believe that taking care of the body's largest organ is not an indulgence but, rather, a necessary component of overall health and well-being. Aside from nurturing the human husk, the aestheticians can enhance its natural beauty with lush lash extensions, artful makeup applications, and waxing services proven to be more effective for hair removal than fire or wishing.
At Omega Laser and Skin Care, a staff of deft depilators harnesses the hair-hampering powers of cosmic light to annihilate rogue follicles on each client's overgrown area of choice. Laser light is a quick and effective method for removing unwanted hair. A long-pulse, high-energy laser emits a gentle beam of light that harmlessly passes through the skin and directly targets follicles, effectively banishing unwanted bristle and leaving less opportunity for saving food crumbs on your person. Unlike the lasers utilized by popular film hero and 2010 California gubernatorial hopeful Iron Man, these friendly beams are easy, comfortable, and treat hair follicles faster than other methods such as shaving, waxing, or electrolysis.