At The Modern Honolulu hotel, where accents such as a Herbie Fletcher surfboard installation join ocean-view pools, soothing scents waft in the air. They’re not from the flowers in the surrounding gardens or the waffles being seared by an iron in one of the guest rooms; rather, the scents are a result of the aromatherapy oils used in the hotel spa. Therapeutic-grade Australian eucalyptus and South African lime oils enhance everything from deep-tissue and hot-stone massages to the flowing strokes of Hawaiian lomi lomi massage.
The spa’s nail technicians rub scented scrubs and a signature blend of oils over feet and hands during luxury pedicures that may include Swarovski crystals to add a little sparkle or entrance any nearby gold diggers. Aestheticians nourish faces with Éminence Organic Skin Care products made from all-natural ingredients full of antioxidants. Luxurious add-ons, such as foot reflexology treatments and Intraceuticals Infusion oxygen facials, help round out the spa's services.
The skillful stylists at Salon R & Spa know how to craft winning looks, including gussying up beauty queens for Miss Teen USA and Miss Hawaii USA pageants. With these glamorous credentials in hand, Salon R's stylists strive to give all of their clients the same star treatment as they care for hair with cuts, smoothing keratin treatments, Japanese perms, and delicate updos. Elsewhere in the salon, qualified aestheticians wax unwanted hair and apply makeup to make peepers pop and mouths drool over themselves, and massage therapists ease tension with deep-tissue techniques.
Owner Connie Chang and the team at Hawaii Kai Salon & Day Spa LLC pamper their clients from head to toe with a full menu of hair, skin, and body treatments. They use organic color to imbue tresses with stylish hues untainted by ammonia hydroxide or crude oil, whereas Korean straightening perms diffuse frizz. Waxing treatments whisk unwanted hair from nearly any area of the anatomy and massages evict tension from muscles and minds.
At Nail ViVi, technicians specialize in creative, fanciful nail art influenced by Japanese 3-D design. Delicately rendered stars and hearts accent french manicures, and nail tips sparkle with glitter and tiny rhinestones. Nail ViVi also gilds nails with Calgel polish, a revolutionary soak-off gel that is formulated to not interfere with nail-bed metabolism, allowing the gel to strengthen nails before sending them to thumb war.
Jack of all spa trades, Head-to-Toe Nails & Spa’s owner Lillian boasts credentials as an aesthetician, massage therapist, and nail technician. She performs noninvasive beautification techniques such as waxing unwanted body hair and overgrown eyebrows, and deep cleansing the skin during facials. Using Swedish therapeutic, deep-tissue, Thai, Hawaiian lomilomi, or her own combination of massage techniques, Lillian relieves shoulders of excess stress caused by working long days or trying to decide which massage to get. Lillian also tends to hands and feet during nail treatments, many of which feature pumpkin peels, milk baths, and massages.
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.