Experience is everything at Chez Elle Salon & Spa. Just seven staff members boast more than 100 years of combined experience on their collective resumé. Kathryn Hill, the salon's master stylist, claims 37 years in the biz, and thanks to her expertise and a full stock of Unite Eurotherapy and Kevin.Murphy haircare products, the salon earned a nomination in the Best Hair Salon category from CityVoter in 2012. On the spa side, Chez Elle's master aesthetician has been customizing facials in Hungary and America for close to four decades.
The full-service salon and spa leaves no aesthetic stone unturned, offering body waxes, Shellac and Minx nail treatments, massages, and tans delivered via airbrush UV bed—all within upscale environs. A stone fireplace welcomes clients, and the waiting area's ornate glass fixture reflects an eye-catching pattern on the red ceiling. In the nailcare area, metallic decals offer uplifting advice such as "Cherish Yesterday," "Dream Tomorrow," and "Let your fingernails dry before running them through your new do."
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.
Aestheticians specialize in depilating and decorating the nether regions, working in private treatment rooms lined with marble counters. Photos of hairless cats hang on the walls in cheeky commentary as aestheticians use lasers, electrolysis, and sugaring?a gentle, unheated medium?to remove unwanted fuzz. Clients can choose from an array of modified Brazilians to customize their looks, which they can also do with the help of hair tinting, temporary tattoos, vadazzling. Other services include facial peels, microdermabrasions, photo facials, and spray tans. Each of the Studio's treatments are administered under the supervision of Dr. Ken Oleszek, who emphasizes clients' safety.
When it comes to a good manicure, experience counts. That’s why all polished tips point to Elite Nails owner Elisa Garcia, who has spent the last 19 years perfecting her nail-polishing technique. Beyond basic polish changes and mani-pedis for both men and women, she specializes in acrylic enhancements, which come natural, French tipped, capped in colorful glitter, or rolled in fresh powdered sugar. To prevent lifting, she uses acrylic products from Creative Nail Design, which also guard against yellowing to keep nails looking new for longer.
Ange de La Mer Spa promotes whole-body health through holistic treatments that clear cluttered bodies and minds. The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians comfort patients throughout the duration of their detoxifying services with attentive care. Patients can be hydrated and soothed with body wraps, salt scrubs, and massages, or cleared of internal toxins with colon hydrotherapies. Custom facial treatments restore the best qualities of youthful countenances and chase acne off the face and back into high-school yearbook photos.
Inside a large lofted facility, clients recline and develop their bronzy hues in tanning beds for up to 20 minutes per session, depending on UV levels. VersaSpa booths are also on hand, equipped with automated sprayers that emit a DHA-based tanning mist. The solution works naturally with skin to form deep and even tans that span from clients' heads to their toes, much like the warmest ski hats.