The friendly stylists at Xanadu Salon deftly shape, tint, and smooth bedraggled locks in a welcoming, canary-hued parlor filled with professional products. Owner Andrea Patterson, whose services are backed by a Master’s in business at Springfield College and an education at the American Beauty Academy, leads a team of stylists that caters to each client's individual hair needs. They accomplish this by vigilantly keeping gum away from locks, and, secondarily, by rendering an array of salon services. Massage therapists also pamper customers with oils from Arbonne and Therapro before bodywork sessions.
The owner of Ecocentric Salon & Spa understands that different haircuts require different kinds of stylists; a basic trim isn’t the same as a complete makeover. To make finding the right stylist easier, the owner has created a four-tier ranking system that positions stylists by their level of education, experience, and client satisfaction. All stylists use Aveda products plucked from dark wooden shelves, and natural light from a wall of towering windows helps stylists blend flattering shades of hair color and keep away nocturnal raccoons. Clients receive free neck and bang trims between regular services.
Down the hall, private treatment rooms admit clients for Aveda customized massages and botanically based mani-pedis. Before reentering the real world, clients can receive a makeup touchup with Aveda’s environmentally conscious line of cosmetics.
As a student athlete, Shannon Pannell often helped teammates ease their aches with a massage. It wasn’t until she spent nearly 20 years in the medical and business fields that she decided to switch careers and go to massage school. Now a licensed therapist, she unfurls Swedish, sports, and prenatal techniques to help her patients find relief from pain and stress.
Led by experienced acupuncturist and Doctor of Chiropractic Ronald Miller, Rehab and Wellness’s staff custom tailors treatments to guide patients toward good health. The specialists address individual aches and pains through massage services, rehab programs, and hydrotherapy sessions. They also support wellness during exercise-training programs, including an introductory class that shares basic workouts for beginners or recovering sneaker-phobes.
By transforming homes into relaxing retreats, The Pamper Perfect Mobile Spa adds even more comfort to familiarity. Their staff of certified technicians travels to clients with all of the fixings of a luxury day spa in tow, including massage tables, manicure stations, and products made from fresh botanicals. They also bring the ambiance—soft music and aromatherapy set a calming mood as candles cast flickering shadows, and custom product blends release enticing scents such as chocolate or spiced apples. For certain packages, employees even provide plush robes and a complimentary bottle of wine.
Once they've converted the room into a soothing sanctuary, they treat groups to a variety of packaged services. The Pamper Perfect Mani & Pedi Package covers a signature mani-pedi as well as a hand and foot massage for each guest. Alternatively, the Pamper Perfect Princess Package gears the experience toward a younger crowd—6- to 12-year-olds—with mini mani-pedis and pizza, rather than a massage that therapists administer around backpacks. The mobile spa scales its services so that patrons can plan most any event, from large-scale parties to romantic dates.
Though Planet Beach Contempo Spa employs two spa consultants, neither lifts a finger to perform any treatments. That’s because all of the spa’s services—massage, teeth whitening, tanning, skincare, and even weight management—are taken care of by a fleet of automated booths and capsules. Clients slip into the calorie-burning SlimCapsule or the bronzing Mystic spray-tanning booth in complete privacy, and many of the machines feature voice instructions to guide them through each treatment.