The beauty specialists at Centennial Hills Salon and Day Spa dedicate their daily beautification efforts to the memory and mission of founder Nancy Jane Shaw. After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1997, Shaw unsuccessfully with her husband for a salon where she could sit comfortably in her wheelchair while having her hair and nails done. Her determined family stepped up to fill Las Vegas's need for an accessible salon and day spa and began construction on the project in 2001. Though Shaw passed away in 2005, her legacy lives on in a place where caring staffers meet the needs of customers regardless of their level of mobility, complete with features such as a wheelchair ramp and an ample spa shower with grab bars.
The natural and organic ingredients and eco-friendly philosophy of the Aveda line proved to match the salon and day spa's vision. In addition to haircuts, deep-conditioning treatments, and extensions, stylists transform hues with 97% naturally derived hair color with sunflower and jojoba oils. The crew also offers custom facials, soothing massages, fragrant mani-pedis, and makeup application for brides-to-be or clowns trying to transition back into civilian life.
Hibiscus Day Spa’s body-treatment menu looks good enough to eat: the pumpkin body soufflé softens skin with enzymes, and the Ultimate Chocolate Indulgence tantalizes the senses with a cocoa scrub and chocolate-butter massage. Though not as epicurean, Hibiscus’s other spa treatments are similarly luxuriant. The dual massage recruits two therapists to work on a client’s muscular tension, and a Caribbean Queen facial slathers skin with an aromatic blend of peptides and hydrators. Specialty treatments for expectant mothers and brides-to-be fill out the selection, as well as teen services; mini facials help instill healthy skincare habits and massages tackle high-school sports injuries and tension from hanging on a flagpole by your underwear.
For maintenance less aesthetic and more energetic, Hibiscus also boasts an onsite health and wellness center. Here, clients can look to traditional Chinese healing therapies such as sliding-scale acupuncture and reiki energy balancing. Custom nutritional counseling helps participants embrace long-term healthful eating habits.
Joshua Lemmens always knew he wanted to help others. Two years of medical school launched Joshua's vocational journey before he decided to join the U.S. Air Force. After eight years of contributing to the health and safety of the country, he again switched gears and became an entertainer, singing and lifting spirits in Vegas and beyond. When Joshua's mother fell ill, however, he immediately stopped his travels and began learning the art of massage in order to help her feel better.
In 2011, Joshua collaborated with Tuscany Suites & Casino to open La Riva Massage and Spa, located inside the hotel's fitness center (between hotel buildings "I" and "K"). In both of La Riva's two massage rooms, guests relax atop heated massage tables as therapists use their nationally certified and state-licensed hands to relieve tension and ease pain. Clients can customize their sessions by choosing a male or female therapist and dialing into their preferred Pandora stations.
Because Joshua puts a big emphasis on relaxation, La Riva Massage and Spa often schedules a 30-minute window between sessions. This way, guests don't feel rushed out the door and therapists have enough time to massage each other's massaging hands.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 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.
In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure.
Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.
Inside the airy interior of Rio Spa & Salon, worries diminish under the influence of relaxing massages, facials, and salon treatments. Leading the charge against stress, the spa’s team of massage therapists eases minds and muscles with several modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, and Thai yoga massage. Each treatment comes with a custom scented lotion in tropical fragrances such as pomegranate, açai berry, and jungle undergrowth. Aestheticians call on organic ingredients, including sugar, fruit, and mud, when performing custom facials and body scrubs. At the salon end, nail treatments such as the Kentucky Bourbon gentlemen’s pedicure fuse primping and pampering, and hair-coloring services and perms come with a complimentary paraffin treatment. The community-friendly salon participates in Locks of Love, offering freebies, discounts, and beatific nods to those who shear their strands for a cause.