"Just think of us as the Gucci of hair," says Canyon Falls Spa & Salon managing partner Adam Rimmel. "If you want nice hair extensions, you come to me." That's because Adam, who has worked in the extension business for more than six years, works with exclusive suppliers to bring in 100% human hair. He also ensures that a state-accredited company certifies all of his extension master stylists.
But Canyon Falls Spa & Salon's three locations offer more than just extensions—clients can expect attentive, professional service from any hairstylist, aesthetician, or nail technician on the staff. "They're all local, so they're all looking to build their clientele based on their positive customer experiences," Adam says, adding that many of his employees have a following of regular customers. He also calls out his "phenomenal" skincare staff members, who boast an average of 10–12 years of experience. Intent on "improving skin, not just pampering skin," they wield premium beauty products whose quality often makes a strong impression—clients "know the difference as soon as they smell it," Adam says.
All the locations have private rooms for facials and waxing, as well as massage chairs with footbaths for pedicures. The Lake Mead Boulevard and Eastern Avenue locations also employ massage therapists who help clients work out kinks caused by twisting around to look at their newly beautified hair from the back.
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.
With more than 25 years experience under their belt, the staff at Classylash & Spa Services is showing no signs of slowing down. The staff still performs lash and skin services seven days a week, and the processes are as intricate as ever. Using a medical-grade adhesive, technicians adhere synthetic mink to each individual lash, creating longer, fuller lashes that make it easier to flirt or deflect pennies falling from skyscrapers. Other services also benefit from small touches: Staffers can add a pumpkin-based peel rich in glycolic and lactic acids to make the radiant facial more effective or hot stones to a massage, causing aches to melt. The spa even features practitioners of ashiatsu oriental bar therapy, in which massage therapists use their bare feet to knead out tension and open cranberry-sauce containers without a can opener.