The staff at Axis Aveda Salon—formerly known as Natural Rejuvenation Aveda—uses a full line of natural beauty products to gussy up clients from head to toe. The quaint, four-chair salon's stylists offer cuts, color, and a variety of Aveda deep-conditioning treatments, and aestheticians perform body waxing and facials within private rooms. During the Elemental Nature facial, beauticians combine Elemental Nature products with exfoliation and massage techniques to address client skin concerns such as aging, dryness, sensitivity, oiliness, and flaking like a sunburned biscuit. A revitalizing Aveda eye treatment pampers peepers with naturally based products that harness the power of pure plant and flower extracts to help deflate under-eye bags
Guided by socially conscious principles for more than 30 years, Aveda produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular gorgeous-makers such as Shampure shampoo and witch-hazel hairspray deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with eco-friendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach A 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.
A luxurious interior welcomes men to Weldon Barber, which blends a warm, modern aesthetic with rustic accents, such as a fireplace tucked into a stone wall. While waiting for a cut or shave, guests sink into plush leather chairs and sip complimentary coffee, cola, or bottled water while feasting eyes on a flat-screen TV or a selection of men's magazines.
During signature haircuts—the shop’s bread and butter—stylists commence to pamper with a shampoo and a scalp massage before snipping away extraneous strands to craft a custom haircut inspired by a favorite celebrity or janitorial mop. A delicate detailing of brows, ears, and the nose eliminates rogue facial hairs, and a hot face towel and neck shave leave visages smooth. Clients can pair cuts with a timesaver or a signature shave to quickly and comprehensively free jawlines of five o’clock shadows. Throughout the entire andro-aesthetic adventure, stylists lavish clients with Aveda, Jack Black, and American Crew products.
Housed inside Azure Aesthetics, Good Vibrationz specializes in Laser Lipo treatments that work to sculpt bodies without invasive needles or tubes. The Lapex 2000 Laser Lipo reduces the appearance of cellulite and shrinks fat cells with the help of diode lasers and Shrinky Dinks plastic. The paddles send specific wavelengths of light beneath the skin's surface, penetrating cells so they release the fatty acids within. With the help of a whole-body vibration platform and the body's own metabolism, these fatty acids are flushed from the body, and clients can get back to their normal routines with no downtime or long, protracted goodbye letters to their unwanted fat.
The Man Shop experience begins long before clients are led to their styling chair. At this throwback men's salon with a twist, a sign on the door warns that it's "rated PG-13" for attitude, and visits begin with a game of pool, darts, or an arcade game. Once men are seated in the styling chair, they're handed a remote to their own personal TV. As they veg out in front of the tube, stylists get to work with clipper cuts, razor fades, and grey blending. The Man Shop also features classic hot-towel shaves complete with foam, moisturizers, and straight razors.
True Colors Salon's owner recently remodeled the place, adding modern texture and color to all the furnishings. Stylists perform much the same service upon peoples' hair, creating new looks for their clients. Meanwhile, therapists sooth muscular tension with massages, and technicians shape nails and paint them with unique nail art. Chazidie Lane adds even more variety to the services with her specialized skin treatments that restore moisture to winter-weather- or sun-damaged skin. She combines her facials with hair removal, shaping eyebrows or removing lip fuzz with the aid of hot wax.