Andropolis Hair Salon & Color Spa's strand-slayers coax slumping hair into more attractive postures with an assortment of techniques and products. With a cut and style (a $35 value), mane manipulators Kendall Gill or Sarah Jordan will bring each hair down to size and weave locks into a beautiful basket, perfect for toting the multitudinous love notes from amorous suitors. A protein treatment (a $25 value) infuses strands with a fuller body and the necessary strength to withstand daily abuse from vengeful toxins.
In winter, the sun spends days hidden behind gray clouds, but clients of Always Tan & Skin Care stay glowing and bronzed. Voted Best Tanning Salon by viewers of NewsChannel 11 and users of KCBD and continually placed at the top in the Best of Lubbock awards by readers of Lubbock Avalanche Journal, the spacious tanning center is home to five levels of tanning beds. These powerful sunlight simulators hum within private rooms while elsewhere in the salon VersaSpa booths spray bodies with custom, sunless DHA formulas to create a natural-looking, moisturizing tan. In addition to shade alterations, Always Tan offers beautifying services such as teeth whitening and reinvigorating red-light facials.
Before their sessions, guests relax in the salon's elegant lobby, where a glimmering chandelier illuminates cushy chairs and pillows. Spread across the walls, shelves hold a rainbow of colorfully packaged lotions and skincare products so patrons can keep up their skincare routines at home.
Boston Wellness offers a wide variety of fitness, spa, and massage-therapy services. A month of unlimited workouts on one of the center's nine Curves machines will help bodies achieve that svelte figure that was lost to years of bird watching. Or, spring your back from tension prison with a stress-relieving, 60-minute massage. Warriors in the fight against cellulite can opt for six sessions of VelaShape body contouring. An FDA-approved, noninvasive cellulite-reduction treatment, VelaShape's combination of light, energy, and specially designed rollers de-rumple the skin's surface, forming figures into smooth, well-sculpted versions of their former selves. This option also includes a nutritional consultation to help fleshoskeletons stay healthy and resist the eerie siren song of the deep fryer.
The certified tanning techs at iBeach Tan aid clients with a range of UV and sunless bronzing treatments that gild bodies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Housed in brightly colored private rooms, four levels of UV beds leave visitors with warm, sun-spritzed skin. During spray-tan sessions, custom combinations of Norvell bronzing agents and hydration formulas imbue skin with a healthy glow, helping to disguise fine lines caused by sun exposure and hugs from corduroy salesmen. A variety of memberships offer frequent access to iBeach Tan's facilities, and moisturizers and tanning lotions help deepen and extend the life of tans.
At 8 feet long and 5 feet wide, the spacious i-sopod float tanks at Escape Your Body Float Center give clients plenty of room to stretch out during sessions. This extra space goes a long way toward simulating the feeling of floating in free space—a feeling assisted by total quiet and buoyant salt water that's warmed to the temperature of the skin. The deep relaxation of floating has been shown to help with injury recovery, reduced stress, and increased energy.
The certified laser technicians at Laser Dynamics Skin Care zap away unwanted strands under the direction of board-certified dermatologists Dr. Hope and Dr. Clark. Steady hands guide the GentleLase system under arms or over lips, sending pulses past outer skin layers to heat follicles and render them unable to sprout future fringe. Goggles shield eyes from the light, and a Dynamic cooling device keeps epidermises cool with a spray of cryogen. After the one-hour session, aerodynamic bodies may immediately resume work or leisure, as side effects are limited to puffiness, redness, and a faster 50-meter crawl stroke.
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 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 in order 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.