Armed with 30 hours of training from powerhouse hair academy Toni&Guy, licensed aesthetician and cosmetologist Kasey Hight of Visual Effects Salon and Spa revamps lackluster hair with styling and coloring services. After an in-depth consultation, Kasey builds a unique look for each client, shaping head threads into fashionable coiffures or wielding 20 hours of Big Sexy Hair training to amplify volume. She’ll then brandish Redken color products to brighten manes with partial or full highlights, eschewing the need for Christmas-light weaves.
The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.
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.
At Image Sun Tanning, bronzing experts help their customers achieve a sun-kissed glow. The staff members guide clients into various UV tanning beds, which include both standup and lie-down models. In addition to these options, you can enhance your skin tone with custom spray tans. In these sessions, one of the studio’s skilled technicians can paint the skin in one of three hues and accent it with add-ons such as custom scents. Beyond its signature services, Image Sun Tanning has expertise in other spa treatments—the infrared body wraps can help detoxify your skin or dispose of a clingy snowman.
Inside Jamaca Me Tan, Heather expertly decorates faces using a SofTap permanent makeup system. She applies hypoallergenic pigments to the skin for perfectly arched brows and eye-catching eyeliner that produces a 3-D effect and stays put while sleeping, working out, and bobbing for apples. Also at the salon, tanning beds imbue bodies with a golden hue and a team of spray tan specialists bronze pelts in 60 seconds flat.