A well-respected name in the world of hair care, Paul Mitchell the School trains its scissor-clad army of stylists to bestow precision cuts and transformative styles. Grown on Paul Mitchell’s sustainable, solar-powered farm in Hawaii, native awapuhi ginger lends its soothing nature to the repair mantra chanted by Mitchell’s KeraTriplex treatment. Designed to help slow the process of color fade, the triple blend of exclusive keratin proteins also helps rebuild peptide bonds to strengthen fragile curls and cowlicks, infusing each strand with moisture to improve softness, shine, and cactus appeal. Expert tuft wranglers dry and sculpt post-treatment tresses into less frothy renditions of the great waves off the Maui coastline. Those seeking new or newly refined head shapes first submit to a thorough sudsing and 5-minute scalp massage in the school’s Wash House. Brandishing sharpened arbiters of style, hair techs prune head fronds to eliminate errant patches of sawgrass and unsprouted chia seeds. A deep-conditioning treatment follows the shear session, prompting split ends to reconcile their differences for a fresh start.
At Runners Roost, the staff members don’t just outfit athletes with shoes in the right sizes—they make sure the footwear matches each wearer’s individual needs with a thorough gait-and-arch analysis. As discussed during an interview with Colorado and Company, the staff records video of clients’ feet as they jog on a treadmill, then examines still frames to assess whether the shoes are offering proper support. With this method, customers can find the ideal footwear from brands such as New Balance, Saucony, and Nike for both women and men.
Channeling wisdom collected over the company’s 35 years in business, the pros at Runners Roost’s numerous Colorado locations also outfit athletes with accessories and sweat-wicking apparel perfect for triathlons over hot coals. In addition to supporting feet, Runners Roost has supported the local community throughout the years by sponsoring high-school cross-country and track meets, marathons, and other events.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
Licensed medical aesthetician, certified laser technician, and former model Ruth Ford Elward renews skin with an array of customized facials, peels, and other skincare. Her signature facial works with all skin types—even potato—to detoxify and replenish the face, chest, and neck area, and she rebalances skin by applying protective antioxidants and revitalizing conditioners. Ruth plays soothing music during treatment, and during skin consultations, she discusses beneficial nutrition habits and at-home products that can help clients maintain their results.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all of 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 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.
Melony Lowrie knows your face better than you do, and she hasn't even met you. As a licensed and insured aesthetician, she specializes in scrutinizing faces and then applying the ideal treatment for acne, hyperpigmentation, and weathered skin. She's also PCA-certified in chemical peels and microdermabrasion––a crystal-free, diamond peel method designed to remove dead skin and kick-start cellular regeneration. Whatever the treatment, Melony works with clients to ensure that it fits their skin's tone and texture.