Chocolate Salon & Spa's coiffure clippers reinvent human plumage with custom haircuts, intensive conditioning treatments, and vibrant feather extensions. Spiff up follicles with a set of two multichromatic feather hair extensions available in three lengths. Expertly woven into tresses in fewer than 20 minutes by the salon’s deft stylists, feathers imbue hair with the flair necessary to wow onlookers at weddings or trick bouncers at peacock-only night clubs. Clients can sport the reusable wisps for up to six weeks, safely flat-ironing or curling them for added texture. Or don an alter ego during the salon’s three-part haircut. After infusing hair with strand-softening conditioner, stylists prune split ends, flyaways, and lonely creeper vines with precision snips. A blowdry follows, manipulating manes into wash-and-wear coifs.
"I breathe, sleep, and have an obsession with hairdressing," admits seasoned stylist Susan Hardesty. Susan's passionate enthusiasm serves her well in the salon, where she draws from this intense dedication to transform hair with an array of styling services. She treats clients to luxurious scalp massages before snipping up new styles and taming frizz with conditioning treatments from premium product lines such as Kenra and Pureology. She also adorns hair with colorful feather extensions, lacy ribbons, and glamorous tinsel. To top it all off, Susan can expertly frame faces in both natural-looking and creative highlights, as she is particularly skilled at coloring treatments. The versatile beautician also extends her expertise to makeup, offering application services and makeup lessons that teach her clients how to recreate looks on their own.
Gauzy curtains stretch from floor to ceiling inside Top of the Palms Spa, winnowing soft light out of harsh sunrays. Although these curtains block a sweeping view of Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort's palms and pools, they effectively separate guests from worldly concerns and nosy seagulls. In dimly lit treatment rooms with overstuffed beds, clients undergo botanical treatments that incorporate agave oil, coconut milk, lemongrass, and other natural ingredients. The spa's signature Coconut Palm massage melds the soft strokes and firm kneads of Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, and its signature pure fiji coconut oil softens skin with the help of aloe, chamomile, and seaweed.
Candlelight skips across the vanilla-white walls. Through the dimness, aromatherapy oils release their fragrant scent, tickling the nose with the essence of sweet almond. The room’s warmth multiplies and, the scene set, licensed massage therapist Rey Reyes begins melting muscles, digging deep into knots with flowing Swedish strokes and deep-tissue pressure. In addition to his traditional massages, Rey also champions the use of hot stones and bamboo sticks to quell lingering aches, and improves athletic performance with the foam-finger-based kneads of sports bodywork.
Natural light pours through the Let's Go Salon's front windows and covers nearly every inch of the salon. At the front, the light illuminates stylists' work, which includes myriad color services, such as color correction, color dimension, and gray blending for men, as well as sleek layered cuts and smoothing treatments. The sunlight even reaches the back of the salon, where technicians pamper clients with nail services, such as mani-pedis and french manicures.
From within A New Image Salon & Spa, A New Image Baby invites expectant mothers to glimpse their soon-to-be-born child. Various packages offer photos and video clips, and can determine everything from the gender to the pop-music preferences of little ones. The salon and spa portion of the facility provides services specially designed for prenatal and postpartum states, such as massages, hair coloring, and mani-pedis.