Named after a Sanskrit word that means “disciple of a guru,” Roots Natural Health’s Chelah Marie Vega approaches holistic wellness with passion and devotion. She has strived toward natural health for most of her life, working on organic vegetable farms as she concocted herbal bodycare products for friends, family, and the farms' dedicated scarecrows.
These days, Vega sows the seeds of health for her clients, drawing upon her training in exercise science and homeobotanical therapy to build custom workouts, meal plans, and herbal remedies. As a group workout leader, she fuses Pilates’ core-toning isometrics with Vinyasa yoga’s flowing stretches to sculpt muscles and boost energy. She also leads one-on-one training sessions to help clients master calorie-torching techniques, bringing them closer to reaching their specific weight-loss and fitness goals. To foster naturally healthy lifestyles, Vega matches interested clients with workout partners and crafts supplements designed to ward off colds and lightning bolts. In addition to exercise and dietary assistance, the center's spa treatments, including facials and acupressure, extract stress and impurities, helping clients’ inner beauty shine.
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.
Innovation is the guiding principle at Sil'Vie Hair Studio. Using original balayage coloring techniques, stylists hand paint hair with custom highlights that can range from bold, chunky streaks to subtle, narrow stripes. For all-over color, stylists use odorless, ammonia-free INOA products, which can cover 100% of white hair, allowing clients to look years younger without the traditional camouflage of a sombrero. Infinity Sun airbrush tans bronze skin to a custom, natural-looking glow. Sil’Vie Hair Studio also offers Great Lengths human hair extensions, makeup applications, facial waxes, and products by Davines and Moroccanoil.
The experienced, skin-savvy staff at Bhakti Wellness Center cosset patrons with relaxing spa services designed to rejuvenate bodies and lift spirits. A one-hour salt or sugar scrub compromises on the age-old salty versus sweet debate to deliver a potent-yet-gentle exfoliating treatment that whisks away dead skin cells and reveals smooth epidermal planes. Throughout the treatment, aromatic essential oils stimulate sensory faculties and lure out dormant tension, leaving patrons as relaxed as Stretch Armstrong in a hot tub. Alternatively, during a one-hour clay body wrap, a spa specialist coats skinscapes in a clay customized to each individual's skin type. The wrap escorts toxins out of subcutaneous dens to make way for healthier pelts, and offers physiques the chance to practice their pottery impersonations.
Aesthetician Shelley Sharp has seen a multitude of skin issues in her career, which has ranged from managing the spa at The Grand Hotel to being named the official aesthetician for the Miss Minnesota and Mrs. Iowa pageants. Shelley now puts her skincare knowledge to work at her namesake spa, tucked within the Lifespan Clinic. Five facials for women and men target dehydrated, acneic, and aging skin types, while exfoliating microdermabrasion and AHA chemical peels foster complexions and keep faces smooth enough to glide right down any bowling lanes they come into contact with. Clients can doll up eyes with a lash-tinting service and whisk away stray strands with facial waxing.
From the outside, Cut it Out Salon looks like any other storefront. But nestled between a dry cleaner and Redwing Shoes, the unassuming shop conceals a vibrant, charmingly cartoonish vision of the countryside. Themed murals cover the entire interior, transforming drywall into bay windows with shutters opening onto imaginary seaside breezes.
Surrounded by this tableau, Sandi Crawford and Beth Phillips revamp headscapes with classic cuts, intricate updos, tightly wound perms, or various coloring services. The two also turn their attention to faces, waxing brows, lips, or Mt. Rushmore Chia pets, and blasting away fine lines and uneven complexions with microcurrent facials.