Between the demands of work and family, it's easy for the body to get off balance. That's why licensed massage therapist Jean Buchanan keeps the senses in check with her holistic healing services. Jean is a multi-skilled therapist with specialties ranging from accident rehabilitation to spa relaxation techniques. Clients may also seek her expertise for an exfoliating body wrap to slim and tighten the physique.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.
Vue Spa & Salon soothes dorsal surfaces with services such as the customized massage, during which tension-excavating hands traipse over musculature, focusing on aches and pains unique to the client's daily stresses and proneness to wild-typewriter attacks. During the bamboo-fusion treatment, massage therapists augment Swedish strokes with wooden tools, rhythmically stroking backs with heated bamboo and rattan wands to melt away residual tension. The spa's soothing blue roomscape and draped windows lend privacy to the massage rooms, letting guests unwind or rehearse karaoke medleys in a serene space.
Mia Anderson––known to most as Mz. Mia––knew she was destined to be a hairdresser at the tender age of 6. In those days, her pretend clients were her cousins and aunts, who weren't the least bit surprised when the adult Mia decided to leave her job as an acquisitions manager and pursue her passion for hair full-time. The experience in the corporate world paid off, though, and today Mz. Mia is the proud owner of Mi Amor Hair Studios Inc., a collection of private suites staffed by independent cosmetologists.
Instead of renting a booth, stylists operate their studios like mini salons and are free to set their own hours and decorate to their taste. Despite their demure size, the private suites have all the amenities of a larger salon, including styling and shampoo stations, dryer chairs, and chic hardwood floors; a communal waiting room allows clients to mingle around a flat-screen TV and arm-wrestle for ownership of the remote control.
There's more than one way to get bronzed at Mandalay Mist, and none of them involve the sun's rays. Mist tanning booths take just 60 seconds to coat the body in a choice of three different darkness levels. Custom airbrush tans go beyond a spray-down from a professional technician, incorporating an exfoliation and skin-balancing treatment as well. Coats of fresh nail polish set off golden skin tones, and the scented lotions used in these mani-pedis make birthday suits smell as tasty as they look.
A specialist in hair health, cuts, styles, and up-dos, Sindica Young has been cutting hair for over 15 years. Though a fan of vintage and conservative cuts and looks, Sindica is no stranger to the latest styles, and relishes the chance to craft creative styles for her clients. She offers natural cuts, shampoo and styling services, straightening treatments, and color services, such as full or partial highlights.
When stylist Gigi Schools was fresh out of beauty school more than three decades ago, she beautified her clients without the use of keratin, Chi thermal straightening, or many of today’s top brands. Now—sprinkling scalps with professional Bed Head, Matrix, and Paul Mitchell products—she makes use of these modern techniques to achieve a wide variety of classic and trendy looks. Precision cuts, iron works, and coloring services also fall from Gigi’s versatile fingers, with her skill honed over years of conducting hair shows in New York.