The hair artisans at Fantastic Sams’ more than 1,300 nationwide locations sculpt locks on both men and women with precision and skill. Along with creating updos for special occasions and performing facial waxing and mustache trims, the artisans accompany haircuts by shampooing strands and bolstering circulation with three-minute scalp massages that feature nourishing serum. Deep-conditioning treatments repair damage and bolster shine, and full-color services paint heads in subtle hues or shades as vibrant as a bouquet of light bulbs. A lineup of hair products rounds out the services, treating heads to restorative mixtures from brands such as Moroccanoil, Bamboo, and Fantastic Sams' own in-house line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling aids.
Tanglz Massage Therapy's expert therapist, Patty Tierney, kneads tension and stress out of tightly wound bodies with a suite of muscle manipulations. The one-hour Swedish massage starts with broad strokes, loosening tension's white-knuckle grip on the dorsal muscles. As bodies melt into relaxation, more intense moves bring increased pressure to bear on extra-tense spots, handily untying knots like a Boy Scout's evil doppelganger. Optional oil or lotion keeps back-stroking motions as smooth as buttered glass while hydrating the skin. Warm towels further relax backs and necks as arms and legs demand attention.
A salon of friends. That’s what the welcoming staff at Salon di Amici calls its home base. The tight-knit group makes a genuine effort to extend its bond to clients as it caters to all their haircare, skincare, and nailcare needs. Soothing green walls and rustic stone accents flank talented hairstylists in the styling area, where they treat strands to Redken, Pureology, and Moroccanoil products while trimming overgrown lengths and boosting dull color. Inside a cozy spa room, specialists indulge skin with facials and mineral-makeup applications, and therapists ease tension with massages. Cushy pedicure chairs beckon sore backs to the nail corner, where hot stones melt tension during relaxing mani-pedis.
After stints cutting hair in London and Hawaii, Kay now shuttles between three Bay Area salons to create alluring 'dos using knowledge garnered from 25 years of strand-snipping. Her menu of hair services includes cuts for ladies and gentlemen along with tints and highlights for neglected coloring books. Clients can come to Kay for a desired look or indulge tresses in her personal specialty, sculpting long layers and festooning locks with highlights that appear to be brightened by sunrays and highly coveted Halley's Comet rays.
The stone accent wall and cherry-wood counter in Agea Spa's lobby form a barrier against the stresses of the outside world. Upon entering, clients are encouraged to cast aside their cell phones and laptops before enjoying a relaxing shower in one of the private changing areas. This is only the first step, though—within the spa proper, a team of aestheticians and stylists stands ready to pamper visitors from crown to ankle.
The aestheticians' facial treatments incorporate organically sourced skincare ingredients—including anti-inflammatory plant extracts, natural fruit acids, and aromatic steam—formulated to hydrate the skin and imbue it with a healthy glow. The massage therapists target knotted muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone modalities, and they can also use reflexology or reiki techniques to promote holistic balance. The stylists pamper clients' tresses, designing flattering new looks with a combination of well-placed snips, coloring products, and texturizing treatments.
Though tanning can be relaxing, it can also be time-consuming. Tanning on the Edge's service menu was designed for people who want to tan but may have limited time. During 12- to 15-minute sessions in the tanning beds, guests stay cool and relaxed with circulating air and a satellite radio. A vertical booth accommodates patrons who prefer to tan while standing or who don’t understand how to turn the party sub they are carrying lengthwise.
Nearby, a full lineup of spa services make sure guests are radiant from head to toe. Cosmetologists use Pharmagel and Repêchage products in spa facials designed to clear up acne, firm aging faces, or simply boost radiance. Nail experts turn up the luxury on manicures and pedicures with add-ons such as paraffin dips, acrylic tips, and nail gems, while waxing specialists remove fuzz from nearly any area of the body to make tans stand out.