Newly opened last November, Salon Ciera has cultivated a menu of services designed to both beautify and relax. From hairstyling to four types of facial, the skilled staff works hand in hand with clients to personalize each service. Trained massage therapists also call the space home, doling out multiple treatments that strive to relieve back pain, as well as more unconventional stress such as sinus headaches and mouth pain caused by TMJ disorders. Salon Ciera's decor welcomes guests with turquoise and floral-patterned walls, private-treatment rooms, and an absence of hungry trolls guarding the building's entrance.
The wife of a barber and the daughter of a hairstylist, Kasey Payne followed in her parents' fashionable footsteps by becoming a certified aesthetician. Ten years later, her mastery of skincare treatments has grown such that her seven separate facials can treat men and women's skin for everything from sensitivity and acne to the signs of aging. Her clients can accentuate their cleansed complexions with Kasey's other aesthetic services, which include lash tinting, lip exfoliation, and face waxing, or they can simply shout "Look at my face!" in a crowded elevator.
Self-proclaimed “hair guru” Lyn Tuck lives up to her moniker by performing a breadth of coif-sculpting, extension, and texture services. She transforms kinky, curly, and frizzy coifs into straight styles with relaxer or a natural press out. Lyn recommends the keratin treatment for a more intensive smoothing, softening, and strengthening that lasts, like a hickey from a barnacle, for up to 20 weeks. She also tints locks with Wella and Redken color and lengthens manes with sewn-in extensions or quick weaves that cling to heads with glue for two weeks.
At Posh Salon, magazines beckon clients in the comfortable, couch-adorned waiting area. A flower centerpiece hints at the beauty cultivated on the styling floor, where haircuts, styling, and deep-conditioning treatments craft fashionable 'dos. Color, too, gets in on the act for highlights or when someone puts two pots of gold on opposite ends of the salon. To boot, the skills of the staff have been amplified by the 20 years that the company has been in business in Baton Rouge.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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 Iconz Hair Studios and Day Spa, body beautifiers purify the anatomy and tighten tired skin with detoxifying Miracle wraps. The 45-minute treatment begins with a scrub to whisk away defunct surface cells and open the pores for therapy. Aestheticians then slather the skin in a soothing blend of sea salt, eucalyptus, and honey, with traces of seaweed for replenishing nutrients and luring unwed merfolk. Full-body bandages trap in substances, allowing for deep pore penetration, as guests lie comfortably on a heated bed, which draws out toxins while melting away unwanted poundage. Before or after the Miracle wrap, clients can quench thirsts or energize for marathon jitterbug competitions with sips and snacks from the complimentary coffee bar.