David A. Grant brings almost 40 years of plastic-surgery experience to his position as medical director of La Forme Chic, overseeing noninvasive treatments to refurbish faces and frames. Under his watch, a small staff of licensed, certified technicians performs more than a dozen services such as clearing skin with clinical facials, plumping lips with dermal fillers, and etching in backup sets of eyebrows with permanent makeup. The tech-savvy staff also harnesses laser technology to expedite hair removal and contour physiques, and La Forme Chic protects clients’ skin with product lines from Colorescience and Theraderm.
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.
The team of certified professionals at Legacy Salons & Day Spa's multiple locations boasts expertise in a comprehensive array of spa treatments for hair, face, and body. Massage therapists purge stress from muscles, aestheticians whisk unwanted hair from bodies, and hairstylists banish unflattering style and color from strands. In-demand spa services such as microdermabrasion and eyelash extensions help clients update their personal style or maintain convincing human disguises. While waiting for their services, clients relax in comfortable lobbies furnished with plush couches and soothing artwork.
Owner Eva Frias knows that sometimes all it takes to rejuvenate a person’s spirit is a flattering new hairstyle. Whether it's through a simple blowout or a bold new color, she enjoys her clients' transformations as much as if they were her own, as she explains in her bio—written in both English and Spanish, representative of her bilingual salon. Her staff includes fellow stylists, massage therapists, and a cosmetologist who happens to also be her son, all of whom uphold the shared goal of making clients feel special by tailoring each service to unique specifications.
The aroma of soothing oils wafts from Beauty and Beyond Personal Enhancement Center, beckoning visitors into serene confines for relaxing spa services or high-energy fitness classes. As muscles melt beneath gliding strokes and warm stones within massage rooms, talons find shapeliness and colorful pizzazz during nail services. After having hair snipped, styled, or colored, patrons can head over to Beauty and Beyond's fitness center to burn through calories in group classes. Fat-fighting options include Zumba and basic yoga, where gurus teach flowing poses that help to improve mastery of complex Twister moves.
Fresco Salon’s five-person team ranges from stylist Desiree, who stays abreast of the latest looks through continuing education, to cosmetologist Candy, who earned the nickname with her sweet disposition. The staff members' diversity reflects their diverse services. Desiree tends locks with custom trims and coloring tailored to clients’ face shapes, aided by products such as Bed Head Superstar or Curls Rock. Cosmetologists, meanwhile, wax away unwanted hair or tend skin with soothing products from brands such as Chi Organics Olive Nutrient Therapy, a botanical-filled line infused with essential oils and olive ingredients. Armed with a full spectrum of polish colors from OPI, Orly, and a bottle of melted Skittles, the two nail techs can paint natural nails or acrylics with vibrant hues.