When Steffani Kemp thinks about her future, she can't imagine being in a place where she isn't beautifying nails with manicures, pedicures, and artful applications of polish. Her online portfolio includes creative nail designs that pay homage to cupcakes, holidays, cartoon characters, animals, and entire novels by Proust. Steffani’s services include manicures and pedicures that she upgrades with french tips and chip-resistant gel polish. All of Steffani's pedicures include a foot massage, and she also offers seasonal services such as lemon manicures and pumpkin pedicures.
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, 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.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
Licensed aesthetician Louise Rhodes loves to make clients feel great. Her favorite moment is at the end of treatment, when she gets to see the pleased expression on clients' faces as they see promising results. Along with facial treatments and body wraps, she provides waxing services, brow and eyelash tinting, and reflexology.
Part of the team at Sinful Beauty, massage therapist Tani addresses muscle and joint pain so clients can heal and attain relaxation. Her expertise extends to both traditional bodywork, such as deep-tissue and hot-stone massage, and specialty modalities, such as prenatal and Hawaiian lomilomi massage. She's also a consultant for doTerra; she enhances her massage strokes with the company's essential oils and offers tips for at-home therapy, such as how to set up an aromatherapy slip 'n' slide.
The staff of Panache Aveda Hair Studio & Day Spa is proud to be an Aveda Lifestyle spa?a name only bestowed on select spas that exemplify the Aveda company standards for professional services and refined beauty practices. Armed with Aveda's advanced haircare and skincare products, the seasoned specialists administer a variety of services, from soothing facials to chic haircuts to luxurious hot-stone massages. And during many of their decadent spa packages, they treat clients to freshly made lunches of sandwiches, wraps, and cheese trays in between massages, scrubs, and pedicures. The atmosphere at Panache reflects the studio's name, too. Inside, you'll find textured glass, a wall of stones chipped from the boulder of Sisyphus, and a circular tufted chair that sits boldly, defiantly, beneath a grand chandelier's quiver of purple-and-green icicles.
Committed to helping clients maintain both healthy and attractive selves, the staff also hosts regular fitness and yoga classes. Certified instructors lead the classes in a fully equipped studio behind the spa.