An episode of Seinfeld once poked fun at the concept of “double-dipping” a chip, adamantly comparing the unforgiveable act to “putting your whole mouth right in the dip!” Though LunchBox (A Waxing Salon) doesn’t serve party snacks, when it comes to waxing, the spa’s waxologists steadfastly adhere to the “no double-dipping” rule. After all, it is their mission to provide a comfortable, safe, and hygienic experience, and double-dipping tools into a clean vat of wax only spreads germs.
Their commitment to hygiene also includes the use of disposable table and body covers, and when it comes to keeping clients comfortable, the staff has a few more tricks up their sleeves. First, they employ speed waxing, a method that cuts time on the table nearly in half. Second, they use wax infused with azulene—an agent of chamomile—that has anti-inflammatory properties that make it possible for even those with sensitive skin to undergo facial or body waxing with minimal irritation. The staff can also add a little frill to freshly smoothed and sculpted areas with glitzy add-ons such as glitter tattoos and eyebrow tinting.
New Healthy Ways' relaxation gurus beckon passersby to abandon the rustle and bustle of the outside world and indulge in a menu of spa services geared toward calming frazzled gray matter and embellishing human hides. The spa's aestheticians uproot unwanted fuzz from head to talon using Cirepil Blue hard wax and quick flicks of the wrist, and revive waning complexions with facials aided by Dermalogica and Image Skincare serums. New Healthy Ways' ionic footbaths and collection of vitamins and supplements help bodies flush out harmful toxins acquired through watching too much reality television, while a certified massage therapist negates troublesome aches with calculated kneads.
Spa35's friendly, certified staff enlivens fatigued faces with chemical peels that smooth tough skin and work to reverse the signs of aging. A Visia Skinscan surveys the surface and subsurface of skin for wrinkles, UV damage, and vestigial feathers to determine the appropriate peel, and it also tracks the progress of the exfoliating treatment with before and after photos (a $50 value). A licensed aesthetician then shellacs façades with a customized chemical peel that dedicates 45 minutes to improving dull complexion, reducing fine lines and age spots, and rejuvenating skin cells ($85–$135). Since the treatment results in little to no downtime, faces can quickly return to fake mustache modeling or Marlon Brando impersonations.
Endless Summer Tanning & Wellness encourages its clients to bring their own music with them; several of the tanning salon’s beds have individual speaker systems that can connect to a personal mp3 player. The commitment to combining entertainment and relaxation doesn't end there: the HydroMassage system kneads away aches and tight muscles as guests watch movies or listen to tunes, and the hydration stations can increase circulation while nourishing the skin with wildly funny algae extract. The Silver Bullet bed features a relaxing misting system, and tingle lotions help to deepen tans while adding a soothing sensation to invigorate weary limbs.
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As someone who worked in the fashion and beauty industry, surrounded by those seeking physical perfection at any cost, Susan J. C. Alveshere was well aware of the risks associated with plastic surgery. In an effort to avoid scalpels, pain, and unflattering hospital gowns, she sought out the noninvasive slimming technologies of laser lipo and ultrasound. Alveshere founded Body Rejuvenate as a welcoming place where clients could take advantage of these nonsurgical solutions to deal with stubborn bulges and drooping derrières. The master laser-lipo technician and her med-spa team also use their tools for face-lifts, wrinkle reduction, hair removal, and tattoo removal.
The body sugaring method of hair removal is The Wicked Hair's specialty. A mixture of organic cane sugar, lemon juice, and water creates an effective alternative to wax, and, finally, is also a hair-removal option you can eat. Both men and women can nix fuzz with the gentle, long-lasting treatment, whether they wish to manicure their eyebrows, chin, chest, or nether regions. The Wicked Hair staffers have also concocted The Wicked Hair Removal Formula, a sugar paste clients can use at home. The Sugaring School video instructs clients how to use the paste to become a self-sugarist.