Style Xpress Salon and Spa's goal is to beautify folks inside and out. To that end, a team of hairstylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians work together under one roof. Clients can enlist a stylist for a new cut and color, get pampered with a mani-pedi, or undergo a deep cleansing facial to pare down blemishes and other signs of aging or sleeping face down in a pine forest.
At Healthy Land Massage Therapy, the massage therapist knows the flowing strokes of Swedish massage, the intense pressure of deep-tissue massage, and the proper layout of stones for hot-stone massage. But she fights more than pain and stress—she also wages war against pockets of fat and disgruntled tummies with weight-loss and cellulite massages. Whereas weight-loss massages work on the thighs, glutes, and abs—where manipulation of the intestines promotes better digestion—cellulite massages focus specifically on boosting circulation and flushing toxins to shrink cellulite-riddled parts of the body.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
The massage therapists at Healthy Body Massage strive to help clients better understand their bodies both mentally and physically. They work to promote a sense of wholeness and self-awareness, employing specialized modalities depending on each visitor’s particular needs. Swedish and lomi-lomi techniques may foster a deep sense of relaxation, and neuromuscular therapy and lymphatic drainage aim to encourage the body’s natural healing process. During some treatments, the staff rubs skin with moisturizing salves mixed in-house from organic coconut oils.
Massage isn’t the studio’s only soothing service: the staff also pampers its clients with other spa treatments. Facials can incorporate everything from antioxidant-rich serums to scented essential oils, and body scrubs use Dead Sea salts or organic brown sugar to gently exfoliate the skin. To help firm and tone torsos, the staff also applies wraps of natural, mineral-rich seaweed harvested from the dwelling-places of the world’s sveltest manatees.
The stylists at Rock Stars Kids Hair Salon look to turn the monotony of the barber chair into an entertaining experience. To achieve this, they’ve outfitted the salon with toys, books, and a video-game station to keep young minds occupied between cuts. Once cuts are underway, kids can pick between customized motorcycle or car chairs. Parents can share the experience with a haircut in their own comfortable salon chair, and watch as their child’s eyes appear from behind a curtain of hair and open for the first time—or simply watch movies on the salon’s flat-screen TVs.