National Geographic Adventure magazine named Las Vegas the #1 Place to Live + Play, not for its casinos but because it has more outdoor adventure within a 200-mile radius than any other big city in the country. Twenty miles west of Vegas lies Red Rock Canyon, whose awe-inspiring sandstone formations developed millions of years ago. Around the canyon's varied terrain, scraggly shrubs brush against sand dunes that reach up to 3,000 feet high. The area is a favorite spot for hikers, mountain bikers, and hourglass makers.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Hot desert air churns in from the distant dusty hills, but it’s given no quarter at Destination Academy Cosmetology School. Here, turquoise walls and porthole-shaped mirrors evoke the feel of a vessel bobbing in the water of a cool oasis. Though the spa-salon’s windows reveal sweeping views of the mountains, its private treatment rooms shield clients from the desert sun with candlelight, tubs big enough for two, and a choice of seven kinds of aromatherapy including french lavender and new handbag. On the second floor, expert stylists—some of whom may be alumni of Destination Academy, the salon’s nationally accredited training program—use Moroccanoil and Pureology to shape cuts to individual faces and style preferences.
Redken artist Julie Deitrick is a colorful stylist. She offers everything from subtle highlights to color correction to ombre color, and has earned numerous hair-color awards and certifications. But that's not all she does. With every client who sits in her salon chair at Destination Manhattan Spa Salon, Julie displays her vast skills, which include trimming trendy coifs, crafting custom updos, and reciting the entire Declaration of Independence in Pig Latin.
True Aveda Salon Las Vegas is aptly named—owner Amber Canfield posits her philosophy in her bio: “Beauty is being comfortable in your own skin.” The salon's staff helps clients remain true to their natural good looks using exclusive Aveda products chock-full of botanically derived ingredients and wrapped up in environmentally friendly packaging.
The Aveda Lifestyle salon and spa focuses on a menu of simple, unadorned beauty services. Stylists customize cuts and color to flatter a client's natural coloring, face shape, and sense of style. Aestheticians and massage therapists use botanically enriched products to bring out skin's natural glow or relax muscles to a comfortable state.
The entire salon team—including stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians—keeps skills sharp with ongoing training in the latest Aveda salon and spa treatments during regular workshops, which keep techniques sharper than a game of chess played with knives in place of pawns.
Rivi Salon & Boutique's skilled aestheticians evict strand squatters from their dermal domiciles using Dermalogica techniques to minimize discomfort and ensure quality hair removal. During the 20- to 45-minute waxing treatments, patrons recline inside a private room as professionals de-hair underarms or tighten lower body perimeters by eradicating stray bristles with a bikini wax. Alternately, a Brazilian wax comprehensively clears the entire area, extricating hair from the bikini zone’s nethermost nooks to leave skin as smooth as a zambonied basketball court.
There's no shortage of spas in Las Vegas, but Elements Therapeutic Massage has already managed to distinguish itself since its grand opening in June 2013. It's easy to see why—the studio's licensed therapists focus on results above all else, and each of their numerous massage techniques has been carefully selected to alleviate chronic pain and improve muscles' range of motion. Elements divides its service menu into four levels of massage, which range from light Swedish strokes to penetrating trigger-point techniques. The therapists may apply a combination of massage styles depending on your individual needs; sometimes, they even supplement their handiwork with hot stones and soothing tap-dance routines.