At The Wax Parlor, staffers spend their entire day primarily focused on only one thing: waxing. While whisking away hair on the body or face during one of their services, they uphold rigid sanitary standards, never double dipping or flat-out licking a wax stick once they?ve used it. They also stock their salon and online boutique with numbing cream for those looking to diminish as much discomfort as possible.
The only non-waxing service they offer is airbrush tanning, which can put the finishing touch on a new, hair-free look.
A wave of white and cream colors washes over visitors as they step onto the dark wooden floors and enter the brightly lit confines of A Little Touch of Heaven. Inside the tranquil studio, aestheticians and makeup artists are hard at work, rejuvenating skin from head to toe with nearly a dozen facial treatments, as well as waxing treatments for the face and body. Microdermabrasion sessions gently exfoliate skin to combat signs of aging such as fine lines, and the Diamond Detox treatment purges blackheads from pores. Waxing specialists remove unwanted hair from the faces and bodies of both men and women, and makeup artists prep brides for their big day.
It’s hard to capture photos of a straight-from-the-salon look without hiring a personal stylist to follow you to a photo shoot. But luckily for its clients, Basin Street Hair has figured out it's easier to take the opposite approach—the salon hosts a photography studio where clients can pose for corporate and modeling headshots. Before they say "cheese" or scream "cheetahs!," though, clients enlist Basin Street’s beauty professionals to accentuate their natural features with makeup or shape their hair into new styles. They also turn to a licensed aesthetician, who draws on 10 years of experience to treat skin imperfections with custom facials and exfoliating enzymes and peels.
Mermaids are known for their flawless beauty, which, if they were real, would most likely be the result of spending all day soaking in an ocean full of seaweed. At Seaweed Sok, clients can take a beauty tip from these captivating beauties by soaking in elegant, claw-footed tubs filled with water and undulating sheets of translucent, green seaweed from the west of Ireland. For further proof of the botanical baths’ efficacy, a chalkboard sign lists the touted benefits, including detoxification, relaxation, and softer skin for those with eczema or psoriasis. Seaweed soaks are the spa's specialty, but an infrared sauna continues the detoxification and relaxation long after patrons towel off.
Yvette Owens graduated with honors from Career Network Institute for Massage Therapy??a rigorous program that calls for more than 1000 hours of hands-on practice. Now a massage therapist, she runs her own private room at Coastal Body wellness where she combines custom bodywork, relaxing aromatherapy, and photographs of kittens wrestling to ease tension. Clients can draw on a variety of massage modalities such as long flowing Swedish strokes or deep-tissue techniques, or request a specialty sports massage to temper the pain for an athletic injury.
Health & Beauty Holistic Institute relies on a wide array of treatments to address skin concerns, promote healthy weight loss, and just help you relax a little. The institute's licensed therapists are fluent in nine massage modalities, including a hot-stone massage that eases tension with heated rocks and a lymphatic-drainage technique that detoxifies with gentle strokes.
Armed with professional skincare products by Yon-Ka and Dermalogica, the team of aestheticians restores skin's youthful glow with pampering, aromatic facials. While the therapists can help clients shed pounds with body wraps and non-surgical cavitation sessions, they also encourage them to take a more active role with weekly yoga, Zumba, and bear-wrestling classes.