Skincare and styling come naturally to the staff at Jay Andrews Salon & Spa Aveda. This is true in the most literal sense of nature, as the Aveda Lifestyle salon features Aveda products formulated with 97% plant-derived ingredients. These natural products form the basis for an extensive menu of salon and spa treatments that address different parts of the body but share one thing in common: a customized approach. The stylists can quickly devise a cut or coloring treatment to suit any look—a talent made all the more remarkable by the fact that they spruce up men, women, and children of diverse preferences on a daily basis. The spa’s aestheticians keep busy removing hair with warm wax and moisturizing skin with Aveda custom facials. Their specialty services include chemical peels that trigger rapid cell renewal and a botanical skin-resurfacing treatment that reduces fine lines and gently tends to the aftermath of dressing up as a glue stick for Halloween.
Though their specialties may differ, the aestheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists at Perfect Impact Salon & Spa share a few things in common. Chief among these are a concern for their clients’ comfort and a focus on results-oriented treatments. Before clearing skin with acne facials or reducing the appearance of fine lines with glycolic peels, the aestheticians analyze skin to ensure that it will respond well to the treatment. Similarly, the spa’s hair-removal specialists let their clients choose between two techniques—threading and waxing—that cater to different areas of the body and levels of sensitivity. Though beauty may be skin deep, Perfect Impact’s menu of services extends to the body’s inner systems. The spa’s experienced massage therapists soothe muscles with Swedish and deep-tissue strokes and launch tennis balls at backs to break up adhesions during rehabilitative sports massages.
Cynthia Naef has been transforming hair for more than 20 years. She honed her precision hair-cutting skills at Vidal Sassoon in London, which she displays often on clients’ heads while working at Stylist Studios. The color specialist also bolsters manes with highlights, lowlights, or a crown of holiday lights.
The MVP haircut is reserved for guys who want the brawn of a chiseled cut with the extreme adrenaline rush of a pleasant pampering. Following careful instructions or expert intuition, stylists can clean up the edges without sacrificing any degree of edginess. A thorough shampoo and scalp massage ensures an itch-free walk off, while a neck and shoulder massage with steamed towel leaves cleaned-up batters with the zonal focus to connect on any upcoming office pitch.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
The coif artisans of CoArt Hair skillfully wield scissors and razors to sculpt locks into stylish 'dos. Under the canary-yellow studio's arches and light-launching chandeliers, mane maintenance workers begin each session with a thorough sudsing. The shampoo clears strands of buildup and oils that deflate shapely styles like a steam-filled beret. Stylists then trim noggin fibers into face-flattering cuts while clipping away frayed ends. Women's coif-cuttings conclude with a blow-dry styling, which sets hair into its new shape without the hassle of finding a head-size cookie cutter.
The beauty professionals at Papillion Salon and Spa combine their specialties to revitalize clients from head to toe and from pinky to thumb. Stylists sculpt strands into artful updos and freshly hued bobs, shearing the locks off both male and female clients. The salon's resident massage therapist deepens the sense of relaxation with specialized treatments such as hot-stone massage. For special occasions or everyday glamour, Papillion's aesthetician remains on hand to administer customized facials, waxing treatments, and ear-candling appointments that leave ears almost as clean as an imaginary whistle.