The highly trained stylists at Barnette’s Salon are accustomed to hearing compliments from satisfied clients, but in the past few years they've also had to get used to reading praise in print. Along with being named a "Top 100 Salon 2011" by Elle Magazine and "Reader's Choice for Best Salon 2012" by Mississippi Magazine, the salon––which boasts three locations––has also earned the title of "Best Beauty Shop of Jackson 2012" from the Jackson Free Press](http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/best-of-jackson-2012-urban-living/), who proclaimed, "the staff is not only friendly and professional, but also immensely talented, consisting of some of the top stylists in town."
Those top stylists owe much of their success to the salon's training program, which divvies the staff into five levels, according to experience, and inducts new stylists only after they have endured at least one year of extensive training and learned to identify each hair color by its smell. Specialists if precision cuts and custom color, the team reaches for products from Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, MoroccanOil, and CareTrico, and add instant length and volume using 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths. For tresses in need of a new texture, they can also calm unruly curls with Keratin smoothing treatments or set strands with permanent waves to help cut down on time spent dealing with hot curling irons or hot rollers.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
Bright-lime-colored walls create an atmosphere of healthful exuberance inside Five Star Spa & Nails, mirroring the spa’s commitment to keeping bodies healthy and groomed with scientifically influenced skincare and up-to-date trends. Aestheticians are trained to perfect complexions, gently buffing away wrinkles and spots with microdermabrasion wands and removing brown spots or moles impulsively grown during the beauty-mark craze. When not grooming skin, whisking away body hair, or lengthening lashes, technicians flex their relaxation chops with a range of massages that can be augmented with exfoliating scrubs and tension-melting hot stones. Sitting amongst rows of Avon and OPI products, the spa’s nail technicians work to groom nails with tiers of mani-pedi treatments that make feet feel more special than being picked first to kick the moon.
Dr. Mike Foster, a board-certified surgeon, keeps a cool-headed watch over the team at DeSoto Laser Aesthetics as it delivers a roster of rejuvenating med-spa services. Brandishing late-model lasers and Victorian-era laser cozies, the medical aestheticians blast away all manner of blemish, from spider veins and body hair to tattoos and nail fungus, to treat every shade in the skin-tone choir. Nonlaser treatments include crease-fighting injectables and chemical peels, as well as ultrasonic Vaser liposuction. Patients relax in the clinic's olive-toned treatment rooms, admiring the framed floral prints on the walls as their physical flaws melt, vaporize, or crabwalk away.
Voted Best Tanning in 2009 by Jackson CityVoters for its Ridgeland location, Solar 51 bronzes winter-weary bodies with more than 50 tanning beds. For a tawny complexion free of UV rays, Mystic Tan spray-tan booths cover the entire corpus with a fine mist and a custom solution infused with aloe vera to keep skin hydrated. To facilitate traditional tans, the staff curate a selection of popular tanning lotions, including White 2 Black, Hot Mess, and Reborn Couture. Each of the salon’s employees are Smart Tan–certified, which prepares them to help clients achieve coppery hues while practicing long division.