ViVi Salon & Spa aims for luxury. Whether snipping strands, waxing stubble, or gussying up nails, the techs and stylists reach straight past the bottom- and middle-of-the-line products for their topside superiors. Nail techs?all with at least five years of experience?apply eye-catching shades of OPI and China Glaze polish to nails, or massage feet as clients relax atop plush pedicure chairs and their accompanying whirling footbaths. During pedicures, they lavish feet with products such as La Palm, Gabel's Cosmetics, and Gena, exfoliating along the way with an organic pomegranate sugar scrub. Patrons while away the hours as hot-stone massages and facials dissolve tension more effectively than a clown parachuting into the middle of a duel.
During the 45- to 60-minute mani-pedi, Nicole Christian, who has more than 14 years of nail-makeover experience, trims overgrown cuticles and claws after they've soaked in a soothing whirlpool bath. Next, Nicole massages legs and feet with a salt scrub, dislodges calluses, and gives quilting tips. A bright lacquered shield in your choice of color then protects digit keratin caps. During nail rejuvenation, complimentary purified water, coffee, or herbal tea refreshes insides, and minds relax even more knowing that the salon's $2 validated parking, good for up to 2.5 hours, secures coveted spots for cars and hovercrafts.
The manicurists at One Stop Nail and Beauty Salon implement both simple nail services and elaborate nail artistry, in addition to facial-based treatments, such as waxing and microdermabrasion. The staff performs all services with fully sterilized and sanitized equipment to beautify skin and nails in the safest possible manner short of donning hazmat suits.
Steamy saunas and cool pools share space with an in-house salon, massage parlor, and nail studio at Herbal Spa Sauna & Salon, which has separate facilites for men and women. The journey through saunas and baths is ordered strategically for optimal effect, beginning with a hot-tub dip to calm muscles and relax minds. After a sojourn in the steam sauna opens pores and releases tension, the dry sauna heats cores with controlled 210-degree coals to ease muscles and a bath cools down bodies before limber limbs meditate in a jade room. A Himalayan salt sauna uses heat to release the minerals found in salt to benefit respiratory systems, reduce stress, and improve skin health.
Over at the salon, aestheticians work out any lingering stresses with body scrubs, massages, and pedicures that outfit toes with bright colors before their next trip into pitch-black shoe caves. Staffers stock locker rooms with complimentary robes, ice water, and shower products to ensure pleasant transitions to and from the tranquil retreat.
Nefertiti Esthetics proves that body wraps aren't the only spa treatment inspired by the ancient Egyptians. In fact, the center's services are less interested in mummification than with the way legendary kings and queens were in life: surrounded by luxury and pampering attendants.
One of Nefertiti's rumored beauty secrets was the use of essential oils, so the aestheticians here incorporate them into several treatments. The Aroma Touch Magic service uses no less than eight doTERRA essential oils to imbue a massage with alluring scents, and every facial includes oil work to complement its skincare formulas. For example, the Mediterranean Detox Magic facial delivers nourishing essential oils deep into pores by channeling an indirect high frequency current, which also stimulates circulation and turns each ear into a miniature bug-zapper.
In addition to its specialty services, the spa offers waxing and mani-pedis. Those who ask can even upgrade their pedicure to a Royalty Deluxe session, complete with aromatic bath salts, a paraffin treatment, and hot booties lined with soothing cream.