A Joyous Look's nail technicians camouflage humdrum hand and foot keratins in eye-catching colors during 45- to 60-minute mani-pedis. Patrons kick-back in an airy salon as a paw doter pares-down jagged fingernail edges and coffee-table corners, outfitting mitts with gently sloping pointer peaks. The beautifier brushes fresh hues across digit decks before turning attention to sub-ankle appendages. Piggies relish in a relaxing session during which a staff member sweeps away hangnails and sculpts toe-tips into chic crescents. Clients can get their nails polished in a pulchritudinous shade to beautify feet or to have an upside when looking at toes after stubbing them.
Hanging from Sanctuary 7’s walls are words such as “dream,” “love,” and “laugh.” These words exemplify the spirit of the upbeat staffers, who love to impart inspiration and happiness through transformative beauty treatments. In semiprivate rooms awash in natural light, stylists sculpt hair into new ’dos and nail techs turn nails into colorful vehicles for self-expression. In another room, a massage therapist works away sinewy knots with long, slow strokes as a stone fountain trickles, burning candles emit fragrant aromas, and sparrows play miniature violins.
Artiste' Organic Salon and Spa promotes an art-inspired atmosphere complete with warm lighting, art-covered walls, and draped cloth that together create a welcoming space. In private treatment rooms, amid a water fountain, music, and aromatherapy, guests can relax with services that include haircare, nailcare, and skincare fueled by organic beauty products.
Each of the semiprivate styling nooks at Salon Sein is equipped with shelves of advanced styling tools and haircare products, a comfortable salon chair, and a full-length mirror decorated with colorful pebbles. Within these intimate stations, thoroughly educated stylists administer an array of salon services, from professional cuts to retexturing treatments. As they work, the specialists treat hair to smoothing dollops of Kenra gloss or spritzes of Schwarzkopf Professional spray. They also offer hair extensions, for which they use attachments of real hair to add volume to thin hair or length to goatees. Meanwhile, clients sip on complimentary tea and coffee and nibble on treats.
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, such as 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 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.