Peppermint and pure sugar cane are on the menu, but they're not for eating. The peppermint fragrances a warm footbath, and the pure sugar cane acts as scrub for lips or tongues with no self-control. These indulgent ingredients appear in various services at Serenity Day Spa and Gifts, where guests can spend up to a full day relaxing and beautifying with spa packages that combine mani-pedis, facials, and massages. Body-contouring wraps detoxify while they tighten and tone skin, and specially designed facials address the common skincare concerns of men, women, and teens.
Calling on skin-safe supplies such as cosmeceutical-grade serums from Image like their Ormedic organic formulas, paramedical aesthetician Michele Gordy tends to clients' faces with services that include facials, peels, and microdermabrasion treatments. From her post within Victoria's Regal Nails, Michele begins every appointment with a consultation and detailed skin analysis to understand the unique issues and individual needs of each client's skin. She then tailors her services to treat conditions ranging from unsightly acne to stubborn paint left on former Blue Man Group members.
Salon Maia owner Melissa Maia and makeup artist Kelly LeBlanc specialize in making brides' wedding-day visions a reality. The duo performs on-location, preceremony transformations and has collaborated on bridal showcases for New Orleans Bride magazine. Within the magazine's pages, Maia and Leblanc have offered tips for brides-to-be, such as trying out a variety of lipstick colors, deep-conditioning hair six weeks before the wedding, and securing updos with a hairspray that is specifically designed to repel rice.
Within the art-covered, bright blue and white walls of the salon itself, Maia and her team of stylists nourish clients' hair with high-quality products. They use the Pureology and Redken lines to cleanse, condition, and color, and the sought-after Agadir Argan oil spray treatment to repair and protect damaged strands.
After experimenting with artistic expression upon sketchpads and canvases, Krystal Burrell Armstrong found her preferred palette: an untouched complexion. The New Orleans native set about perfecting her craft by studying facial anatomy and advanced makeup techniques, earning her prestigious work with Disney and Sprite and for music mogul Kandi Burruss. The passionate and approachable makeup artist's services run the aesthetic gamut, including basic or bridal makeup applications, beauty personal shopping, and avant-garde makeup applications for fashion shows, costume parties, or driver's license photo shoots.
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.
Having outgrown its original tanning-salon space in its first year of operation, Bombshell Waxing now has plenty of space, with a brow bar and an onsite lingerie boutique. The beauty center’s skilled waxologists use the salon’s specially formulated European waxes to evict hairs from all areas of the body, never double-dipping their waxes. The salon’s estheticians also perform vajazzling services. In addition, they apply custom air-brush tans with a natural, sunless tanner made with antioxidants, botanicals, and walnut extracts. For those seeking a little retail therapy, Bombshell’s intimate boutique stocks numerous beautifying numbers, including silk and lace panties, bras, and body products from Booty Parlor, Whish, and SweetSpot Labs.