Sassy Sheek Salon & Barber Shop?s raspberry-pink and lime-green walls are just as vibrant as the looks its staff creates. The stylists specialize in precision cuts, vivid color, smoothing keratin treatments, and artistic formal styles. They also lengthen locks with extensions made from 100% human hair. On the spa end of the business, the staff pampers clients with mani-pedis and facials and slims physiques with body wraps.
Ashley’s Hair Design doubles down on beauty with hair services and massages. Chic cuts and highlights take care of revamping visages, while massages work on refreshing bodies. Therapists unfurl Swedish and deep-tissue techniques with upgrades that includes cupping and brush or hedgehog exfoliation.
The friendly stylists at Hair Junkie create a welcoming environment in which they cut locks and color tresses. Each new 'do they create brings out the best in their clients features and garners compliments from friends and traveling comb salesmen alike.
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.
Like artists, stylists often learn tricks of the trade from mentors, continuing a rich tradition and forming a solid base from which to grow. Kara Staats, for instance, draws upon the knowledge and fashion savvy of stylist Tricia Anderson, who, according to Forum magazine, studied at the Vidal Sassoon Academy. Staats is also an alumna of that renowned hair-design school, and since tossing her graduation cap into the air has undergone further training to become certified as a GKhair educator. In addition to leaving hair silky and smooth with GKhair's protein-rich formula, Staats transforms looks with cuts and highlights, airbrush makeup, and DreamCatcher extensions that prevent hair from having nightmares about bear traps mistaken for barrettes.