Knockouts Haircuts for Men amps up the classic barbershop experience with a lavish, sports-themed approach to men's styling that has been featured on Today and CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. At a still-growing number of locations throughout the country, the company's all-female staff of stylists quarterbacks a full playbook of services ranging from bare-essential to spa-worthy. First and foremost, they clip shaggy locks, but they also administer facials, manicures, massages, and waxes. Complimentary beverages are included with every visit, giving patrons something to sip on while watching a sports game on TV or contemplating how they would fend off a lion using just a comb.
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.
Touch of Pure Joy Massage & Day Spa situates itself as an oasis for physical relaxation, and has relaxed clients with its signature therapies since 1999. A one-hour hot-stone massage gives stressed clients the opportunity to unwind and enjoy an utterly unrushed experience as aromatherapeutic oils perfume the air and stones send warmth deep into muscles. For those experiencing chronic pain or the discomforts of pregnancy, deep-tissue, applied kinesiology, and prenatal massages forge a truce between muscles caught in a tug-of-war match between the office chair and that recliner in the office lobby. When they've explored the spa's extensive repertoire of relaxing massages, clients can extend their day spa mini vacations with a skin-perfecting facial, or bid adieu to sandpaper skin with hand and foot salt scrubs.
Tell us about your business.
I have been an esthetician for 3+ years and I've now opened my own suite. I love to make people relax while I give them the skincare that makes them feel fresh and beautiful. I use all-natural products because it is better to know exactly what is going into the largest organ of your body.
Do you offer your customers any extra perks?
There are magazines to read outside of my room, and I like to give water for when the service is over.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
I keep it calm and relaxing in my room, I always tell my clients to be as comfortable as they can, and if they fall asleep then I have done my job.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a client?
I was told that I have healing hands. They said that I bring comfort and take away the stress from the world and that I helped them to forget their problems while they were with me.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Facials and body wraps
Brands Used: Skin2skin products
Seasoned aesthetician Debra Andrus customizes a full slate of skincare services, such as waxing sessions, permanent-makeup applications, and state-of-the-art HydraFacials, to beautify epidermal landscapes. During treatments, Andrus' team eschews over-the-counter cosmetics for professional, all-natural products from brands such as Jane Iredale and Osmosis Skincare. Wrinkles Away Skincare is also home to a licensed massage therapist who uses several modalities—including hot- and cold-stone therapy and bamboo techniques—along with a cadre of catchy protest slogans to oust tyrannous tension from backsides.