A green establishment, b. Euphoria Salon and Day Spa employs a team focused on lavishing clients in beautifying and relaxing treatments while treating the planet with the same level of pampering and respect. Between the brick and butter-colored salon walls, stylists use vegan products that eschew the use of parabens and harmful chemicals. Inside private spa rooms, candles and blue walls soothe the eyes of massage, facial, and waxing recipients, while just outside of those rooms, recycled jeans provide insulation and soundproofing. Additionally, all appliances are certified by EnergyStar.
Hollywood Tans, one of the nation’s largest chains of tanning salons, turns dermises gold with a special alchemic process known as Tanetics. Skin specialists consider each customer’s tanning goal, skin tone, and skin sensitivity before helping them choose the perfect skin-shading procedure. Four clean and comfortable types of stand-up UV tanning-booth options filter out most pestiferous UVB rays while speedily darkening pigment. Five 11-minute bouts ($40) inside Hollywood Tans’ HT42 booth are enough to leave any pelt polished with a glossy base tan. For Daphnes fleeing Apollo, a Mystic spray-tan booth ($30) depales pasty parchment with a misty coat of bronze that lasts 5–7 days. The Mystic’s cartridges can be changed to allow users great flexibility in choosing their preferred skin patinas.
Alora Ambiance Spa owner Patricia Rivas has worked as a licensed aesthetician and skincare specialist for nearly a decade. Along the way, she's picked up advanced certifications in treatments such as cellulite-smoothing ionithermie and IPL hair removal, teamed up with Dr. Thomaso Skorupski, and assembled a staff of talented hairstylists, nail artists, and waxing specialists spread throughout two studios. There, staffers dole out specialty services, including eyelash perms and extensions, exfoliating salt-glow treatments, and facials that infuse faces with more oxygen and nutrients than a granola-filled balloon. Beyond stocking the shelves with aesthetic aids from such brands as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, and Pravana, Rivas is also the creator of the Ayurveda by Alora skincare line, which includes soap- and- sulfate-free cleansers, as well as body creams infused with white tea and vitamins C and E.
"Fomentation room" might sound like a science-fiction term, but the igneous dry-rock sauna at Sol Mar Day Spa actually evokes a step back in time. The Korean-style space encourages the release of toxins through sweat, boosting the body's circulation and tipping the mind back into balance. And, luckily, a trip into its steamy enclosure is included in many of the spa's other services. Clients can submit their sore spots to a combination massage, during which Swedish and pressure-point shiatsu techniques work to untie muscular knots. Customized facials address specific skincare concerns, from dryness to sensitivity, and an Asian body scrub softens the skin through relaxing exfoliation. The spa also offers nail services, reflexology, and various treatment packages that last for two to three hours, or until each vertebra can be heard softly snoring.
The salon's cherry red walls are painted with gold and blue geometric shapes––circles, square, and rectangles, all overlapping like artful hair layers. Amid these modern accents, On The Cutting Edge lives up to its name and décor by crafting sleek styles on the fringe of today's fashion. After soliciting a stylist for color highlights, clients may request the salon's non-scalp related services ranging from waxing and facials, to Swedish massages with soothing aromatherapy.
Floral wallpaper hints at a reliance on nature at Botanica Day Spa, and the center's staff of skincare professionals fittingly wields seaweed, mediterranean mud, and peppermint. They use the natural elixirs in treatments that complement each client's particular needs, and microdermabrasion and ultrasonic exfoliation prove a willingness to accept technology, much like making an extra house key for RoboCop. Calm exhalations drift upward from patrons cloaked in spa wraps, punctuating the steady rasp of emery boards during manicures and pedicures in the spa.