After 11 years beautifying clients as coworkers, best friends Renee and Amber can now call themselves business partners. The pair took over the salon that first brought them together, added some powder-pink paint and white Victorian mirrors, hired a team of seasoned beauty professionals, and dubbed their new studio Lavish Hair & Nail Salon. There, hairstylists craft face-flattering cuts and add vibrant color as nail technicians treat hands and feet to filing, moisturizing, and nail art designed to resemble footballs, flowers, and smaller fingernails emblazoned with still smaller fingernails going on into infinity.
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.
Vogue Hair Salon's experienced stylists snip, shape, and accentuate hair of all dispositions with skills gleaned from Vidal Sassoon training. A bounty of services await any follicle need, from expertly-executed cuts ($35+ for women; $20+ for men) to intricate updos ($45+), perfect for weddings, proms, or more formal monster mashes. Tresses left brittle and dry from the stresses of a well-coiffed life can take a replenishing dip in a deep-conditioning treatment ($25), while hair seeking bolder changes can shift hues with Vogue’s coloring services ($55+) or add length with extensions ($6/strand). The soft undulations of permanent waves ($60–$110) make it easy for strands to emulate oceans or other disturbances that travel through space and time.
Within the sun-drenched walls of dAverille Salon & Spa, Aesthetic Accent owner and licensed aesthetician Shauna Smith carefully lures inner beauty outward by calling on more than 20 years of experience. The skin specialist leads an expert team in harnessing microdermabrasion's and chemical peels' exfoliating powers to whisk away dead-skin-cell layers until healthy complexions shine through more brightly than the sun's ill-fated attempts at winning hide-and-seek. The spa's three signature corrective facials further restore faces with Ayur-Medic skincare products, which brim with pigment-reducing and collagen-stimulating antioxidants and vitamins. When she's not nourishing faces or bolstering bodies with waxing and massage, Shauna shares her seasoned beauty knowledge by providing consultations and training developing aestheticians.
The list of things to do while waiting for your color to set is short: read, stare at the wall, add your shoes' soles to the salon's walk of fame. Cut Loose Salons, however, offers a much better option. Clients may use any of the salon's electronic tablets, each of which is outfitted with Netflix streaming.
But that's just the cherry on top at this Paul Mitchell Signature salon. Using Paul Mitchell products, as well as products by Redken, TIGI's Bed Head, and Johnny B., skilled stylists create sleek scissor cuts, brighten strands with full or partial highlights, and craft elegant updos for special occasions. In addition, the salon's technicians remove unwanted facial fuzz.
Inspired by the resilience, purity, and beauty of its namesake bloom, Lotus Hair Spa aims to relax and rejuvenate patrons with detailed salon services conducted in chic, calm environs. Stylists and makeup artists tend to locks and fa?ades with premium Sojourn, Alfaparf Milano, and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics products. Services typically begin with a complimentary consultation to ensure that each guest understands the cut, color, or lightning-bolt goatee that they'll be receiving. Guests receive numerous perks throughout their visit, including a complimentary shampoo with scalp massage, cosmetic touchups, and beverage service.