Versalles's experienced staff deals a full deck of spa and salon services, upping the ante with full-fledged pampering for faces, hands, and feet. Dignify your digits with a full set of acrylic nails ($25), which are available with various designs or glitter ($30 and up), including two tones, flowers, swirlies, and speckles. Opt for a mani-pedi ($35) and let the trimming, shaping, and painting transport your nails to the fourth dimension—where toes are opposable and thumbs are never at war. Drown desert skin in a sea of moisture with the hydrating facial, or exile oil to a dismal land of discarded deep fryers with the blemish-busting acne facial. With five different facials ($40) each designed for a specific skin type, Versalles lets you choose the perfect lift for your mug.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
Elements Massage Therapy’s licensed massage therapists blend the physical benefits of clinical therapy with the mental comforts of a spa experience as they pamper mind and body with massages, facials, and other relaxing treatments. The soothing aromas of organic oils and lotions fill the air of a private massage room as a therapist gently stretches muscles. Exfoliating facials call upon steamy towels, mud masks, and vitamin E to rejuvenate complexions, and warm paraffin wax courses across hands to soothe weary thumb-war veterans. Therapists encourage feedback during massages and spa treatments and try to alleviate pre-appointment stresses with a convenient online scheduler.
Sylvia Delacruz founded Totally Spoiled, a spa tailored to the needs of little princesses, as a way to bring balance to her daughter's busy life. A respite from schoolwork, sports, and tax woes, the spa pampers girls and their moms with pintsize versions of adult spa treatments. Girls don bright-pink robes, flip-flops, and headbands to prepare for kid-friendly services such as chocolate facials, mini mani-pedis, or colorful makeup sessions. Gaggles of girls assemble for spa parties and pajama parties, sipping pink lemonade from elegant pink glasses between treatments or adjusting their attitudes by peering through the rose-colored glasses.
At two locations, Doctor of Chiropractic Shirley Mata uses a variety of holistic techniques to relieve pain and restore health without drugs or surgery. She even combines different modalities when necessary. For example, infrared rays work in conjunction with meridian therapy treatments to help fight deep-seated pain. During treatments, soothing music and soundtracks of cooing doves play softly in the background to help clients relax.
Paintings of pharaohs on the walls and a gold sarcophagus propped in the corner make visitors to Luxor Massage & Day Spa feel like they've stepped right out of El Paso and into ancient Egypt. This theme is even carried out in some body treatments, such as the milk-and-honey foot soak, thought to be a favorite of Cleopatra. Other services include massages for relaxation or cellulite reduction as well as facials geared toward teens, adults, and mummies.
Many of the stylists, nail technicians, and licensed massage therapists at Milan Salon and Day Spa have more than 10 years of industry experience as well as specialized training in their respective fields. The spa focuses on creating healthy and glowing complexions through skincare services such as chemical peels, body wraps, and Dermalogica facials that use the company’s Speed Mapping software to quickly determine ideal products and nicknames for each client. On the salon side, Paul Mitchell colorists offer single-process color as well as highlights. One of Milan’s most unusual treatments—the Spa Jet—combines steam and far-infrared heat with hydromassage jets and aromatherapy to promote relaxation.