Under the direction of board-certified spa owner and nurse practitioner Gerald F. Dornhecker, the certified laser technicians at Skin Essentials work to smooth skin and eliminate unwanted hair. The technicians also employ Elos Plus advanced laser systems to treat redness, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. Their microdermabrasion and chemical-peel facials firm and clarify visages by lifting away dead skin cells and allowing lower layers to absorb nourishment and all compliments. During massage sessions, therapists utilize Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massage to help alleviate tension.
Inside an old house converted into Tangles Hair Salon, hairstylists and nail technicians beautify their clients. All nail and pedicure services take place inside a private room. Additionally, the stylists use organic haircare products as part of their commitment to the environment.
Long mirrors wrap around the red-and-black walls like a racing stripe, reflecting polished wood floors and glowing flat-screen TVs. Amid these relaxing accents, the shop's skilled barbers offer sleek scissor cuts to flatter the features. Straight-razor lather shaves pair with a relaxing hot-towel treatment or botanical tea-tree oil mask to refresh the complexion. The shop also features a complementary women's salon for coloring and formal styling needs.
Every element of Tranquility at Doral contributes to its status as a great place to relax. The 2,000-square-foot facility looks every bit the part of a harmonious sanctuary: it’s filled with feng shui–inspired decor, elegant plants, and Buddha statues, and even includes a lotus garden and a patio for special events. Flickering candles illuminate the center's 10 treatment rooms, where aestheticians brighten and firm dry, oily, and aging skin with a handful of facial treatments and body wraps infused with chocolate, sea algae, and black pearl. The spa also offers advanced ultrasound therapy and electrical stimulation for the skin, as well as tanning sessions in a standup SunDash 252 Radius booth. To relax before or after their treatments, clients can sip a glass of house wine as a technician sings a really slow version of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Licensed aesthetician Nicole Lyons opened Seven Layer Skin to treat clients with private, one-on-one sessions to fortify and repair their skin. By appointment only, she restores the epidermis to its youthful vigor with facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and paraffin dips for the face and hands. Her chemical peels harness the power of lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid to slough away dead skin cells and old Dukakis for President bumper stickers still plastered across foreheads. Nicole also performs specialty services including waxing, ear coning, and eyelash-extension application. The only time she eschews one-on-one attention with her clients is when she plays host to spa parties, during which groups convene to snack on appetizers while lathering their faces in Dermalogica products.
Aching athletes, overstressed moms, and exhausted office workers. The massage therapists at Healing Hands Massage Therapy have seen them all, and offer fives types of full-body massage to help them relax. For those with limited time due to work or work-related movie marathons, Healing Hands offers chair massages that are shorter than traditional treatments.
A private parking lot borders Definitions Salon's newly renovated locale, a one-story home transformed into a welcoming, upscale salon. A dark, wooded front desk—illuminated by a hanging flat-screen TV—greets beauty seekers as they enter the spacious salon draped in contemporary earthy décor and hardwood floors. Natural light spills across the adjacent den, which invites patrons to plop down on the chocolate-brown-leather couch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or provided magazine. Amid the hair salon's yellow-hued walls and black-leather chairs, stylists transform lackluster tendrils into luscious manes with keratin glazing and Pravana Perfection SmoothOut treatments. Two elegant nail stations and one plush pedicure throne provide privacy to techs performing an array of keratin-enhancing services, and an intimate waxing room offers a tranquil setting to defur physiques sprouting unwanted hair along the legs or werewolf tufts across the back.