At SNS Salon and Spa, skin therapists polish visages with a slate of facial treatments. Epidermal experts begin the deep-cleansing facial by assessing clients' skin type, then compose a regimen that jettisons dirt and recharges skin's natural glow-in-the-dark capabilities. Throughout the 90-minute session, therapists also dispense tips for proper skin care at home. Alternatively, the treatment facial provides an in-depth regimen for more serious skin concerns, such as acne, sun damage, or a scuba mask that won't come off. To help guests relax, SNS's eclectic interior engages the senses as sunlight channelled through stained glass spills onto painted brick and an asymmetrically patterned tile floor.
For The Look Salon & Spa encompasses today's awareness of health and the environment. Eufora shampoos, conditioners and styling products utilize Certified Organic Aloe Vera gel. Schwarzkopf Essensity 100% Performance Colours are 'Free From' Ammonia, Artificial Fragrances, Silicones, Parrafins, Parabens and PEG Derivates.
At both Tahiti Breeze Sun Spa and Tantrum Sun Spa, a fleet of tanning beds and stand-up booths infuses skin with a golden glow. Alternatively, the Versa Spa spray-tan booth mists physiques with a UV-free tan, giving skin a natural beach-goer look without putting six tropical birds on it. Elsewhere in the spa, a solid basswood infrared sauna purges patrons' bodies of up to 600 calories, and teeth whitening stations turn pearly whites even pearlier.
Housed within an Aveda Concept Salon, Ritual Esthetics stands apart from its peers thanks to owner Melyssa Shoemaker and her years of rigorous training, which began at the Pebec School of Esthetics and continued during her apprenticeship as a nail technician at Gallery 295. Melyssa’s extensive experience culminated in 2001, when she earned master nail technician status at Creative Nail Design Academy and soon afterward embarked on her own business in London’s ultra-modern, multi-level Wabi Sabi Hair Artistry salon.
Today, Melyssa continues to perform waxing services and mani-pedis with the care and precision one might expect from a master. Tucked away in private pedicure rooms replete with black stone floors and colourful art, she whittles away at calluses as warm water swirls around toes, evoking nostalgia for childhood baths in tubs of chicken soup. Among shelves stocked with Aveda products sit bottles of OPI’s gel nail polish, which cures faster than OPI’s Axxium soak-off gel and can stay chip-free for weeks.
A full service spa and salon, Merle Norman Cosmetics & Day Spa pampers and beautifies guests with an extensive slate of services. Sunless spray tans anoint pale hides with organic, UV-free solutions, bronzing whole bodies or specific areas, such as the face, upper body, or one buttock. Meanwhile, nail techs manicure and pedicure hands and feet, shaping nails and cuticles before applying a choice of OPI nail colour. Waxes deftly remove unwanted hair from lips, chins, and arms, as facial treatments do the same to dead and dry skin. Additionally, patrons can opt to select from a list of makeup and skin care products, to take home mascaras, glosses, or moisturizers.
Take a look at Naila's Spa's menu, and you won't find anything too out of the ordinary. All of the usual suspects—manicures, massages, facials, and waxing—are there, along with a few specialty services such as Shellac mani-pedis and intricate nail art.
The spa itself, however, is anything but ordinary. Streaked in white and cerulean, the interior whisks clients away to a cloud-like landscape—an impression that's only strengthened by the pillowy pedicure chairs. It's a welcome relief from the bustle of downtown London, which is located only a few streets away.