A day at the spa is designed to be relaxing, and yet the hassle of getting to the salon can be just the opposite. That’s why Judy Chen, the owner and aesthetician of Luminous Spa Studio, designed her services to be undertaken anywhere—whether at her welcoming salon or, thanks to her mobile service menu, at the place of her client’s choosing. Wherever clients decide, she flaunts her skincare skills with facials that use the power of enzymes and anti-aging ingredients to keep faces looking as fresh as the day their parents first removed their protective wrapping. She uses products from brands such as Jan Marini, Dermalogica, Clarisonic, and Perricone MD, and goes beyond the scope of the face to improve the health of the skin on the back and décolletage. Outside of skincare, she works to enhance her clients’ beauty with brow and lash treatments, using Xtreme Lashes to add drama to eyes or warm wax to sculpt brows or depilate faces.
Owner Teri Lynne Crandall combines her decades of industry experience with the skills of aestheticians Dayna Raeside and Kaitlin McCoy and certified massage therapists Cody Lam, Indra Castillo, and Stephanie Pedro to help clients to pamper and beautify their bodies. With its Asian–inspired art, Serenity Day Spa provides a relaxing atmosphere where guests can enjoy services ranging from deep pore-cleansing facials to reflexology massages to permanent makeup applications. The spa's exclusive selection of products, including those from Jan Marini Skin Research, Pevonia Botanica, and Image Skincare, leaves faces immaculate enough to infiltrate even the highest-security porcelain-doll factories.
Three thriving locations and a slew of press from outlets such as Teen Vogue and Fox News make a strong case for the success of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons. But the true testament to the salon and spa's success lies, quite literally, in the hands of owner and skincare specialist Bella Schneider. Bella is the winner of the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques Crystal Award and has spent almost four decades helping clients including Audrey Hepburn and Michelle Pfeiffer, obtain healthy, glowing complexions.
Her humble European background led her to the salon where she would receive an apprenticeship at the young age of 14. This moment became the catalyst to her skincare career, which included earning an Economics degree in the States before opening the first LaBelle Day Spa and Salon in 1976. And even though she added two more locations by the late 1980's, the mission for each beauty haven has remained the same: to provide European-quality treatments that are science-based.
Bella and her team—which includes her daughter and grandson—use her personally-formulated line of products to ensure effective results during each service, which range from vitamin-infused facials to mani-pedis enhanced by essential oils and advanced body-contouring Endermologie treatments. LaBella's team also guarantees an exceptional experience by offering spa guests a relaxing foot soak. In the salons, master stylists and colorists customized hair services by using advanced balayage and precision cutting techniques, while Pilates instructors teach private lessons so clients can perfect their posture, alignment, and grace.
Having planned and executed massage therapy for the Tennessee Titans and competitors in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, the muscle menders at Athletic Edge know how to help the body recover from physical trauma and athletic exertion. Their highly individualized treatments pull from more than 15 modalities—soothing muscles with gliding Swedish strokes, targeting the deeper connective tissue with neuromuscular therapy, and even combining salutary techniques to treat the underlying causes of aches. Although the gentle or directed kneading can have a distinctively relaxing effect, the therapists specialize in jump-starting clients' natural healing processes and helping them overcome the soft-tissue pains that athletic activity, auto accidents, and full-contact charades can cause. The studios also partner with chiropractors and physical therapists to form a one-stop treatment center for athletes, with particular modalities complementing the strains incurred by particular sports.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
The physicians and skincare experts at SkinSpirit concentrate their nonsurgical beautifying powers on restoring and rejuvenating every corporeal form in sight. During the signature facial, a medical-grade microdermabrasion first breaks through the skin's outer shell, forever quieting the dull conversations of expired skin cells and replacing them with the polished banter of a youthful façade. Then the skilled staff paves freshly smoothed veneers with a warm enzyme exfoliant before applying a double-layer antioxidant mask. Once the mask has finished uploading a brand-new personality to your face, a layer of enzyme serum gives your mug a hug while a copper-peptide-rich moisturizer refuels subdermal collagen generators and pampers sensitive skin to the point of looking, feeling, and acting younger than it did yesterday or the day before yesterday, but not two days after the day before yesterday.
Bianca de Jong launched her first spa boutique in the Netherlands. After helming it for more than 10 years, she hopped the pond and landed in California, where she opened Forest Spa Boutique. To keep her services aligned with European standards, de Jong regularly returns to the Old World, learning new skills and expanding her collection of Big Ben key chains. She specializes in facial treatments related to aging, and can enhance each appointment with add-ons including peels, massages, and paraffin dips. During a customized massage, she blends essential oils with carrier oils to create a soothing aroma that is rubbed and kneaded into the skin. De Jong also grooms body hair with a gentle Italian wax that quickly ousts unwanted strands and vermicelli noodles.