A former staff sergeant in the Air Force. An airplane mechanic who repaired oxygen masks. A master massage therapist, registered medical assistant, and certified laser technician. Tina Long is all of these things and more. As the owner of Parker Med Spa, she combines her unique background with innovative technology to offer clients the latest anti-aging and beauty solutions.
Long helps her clients to deal with the frustration of weight loss with body-contouring treatments such as the Zerona and Yolo laser systems, having herself lost pounds, inches, and degrees of insulation with the fat-emulsifying devices. The historical ambiance, array of facial and body treatments, and advanced technology earned her spa recognition on ABC 7 and CityVoter's 2011 A-List; it was named a finalist in the Best Day Spa category and nominated in the Best Medical Spa category.
The practice is located within the charming yellow Hoskins House, a century-old Victorian landmark surrounded by cottonwood trees, complete with a porch swing. Inside, massage therapists and aestheticians perform relaxing massages, hot-stone pedicures, and skin-rejuvenating chemical peels in 15 private rooms. Technicians use seven different lasers to perform procedures ranging from vein and hair removal to nonsurgical face-lifts.
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 of 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 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.
Upon entering Shear Bella Salon and Spa, clients are met with clean, minimalist décor and a complimentary glass of wine or cup of coffee. After settling in, they are then greeted by owner Nichole Wiese and her team of hair designers and aestheticians, who collectively transform and pamper clients with body and hair services. Skin services cater to both men and women with six different kinds of cleansing facials and peels. Waxing treatments keep hairs from spreading too thick across arms, lips, brows, bikini zones, and defunct Wooly Willy games, and soothing massage-therapy sessions curb tension with hot-stone and aromatherapy techniques. Each service culminates in a complimentary makeup touchup.
Whether it's a manicure in advance of a big date or a pedicure that caps off a "me day" at the spa, Gina has seen it all. With more 25 years of experience as a nail technician, three years as an OPI educator, and a stint as the owner of her own successful salon, she beautifies fingers and toes with treatments ranging from traditional mani-pedis to treatments involving acrylic add-ons and Shellac polish.
Custom facials ($65 for 60-minute treatment) polish pores with cleansing, exfoliation, and a customized mask treatment. The licensed, friendly aesthetician will dote on high-maintenance facial terrain, such as dry patches, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and frowns. Woo door-to-door salesmen with a set of eyes complete with tinted brows and lashes ($35). Couture Create LLC also offers chemical peels ($75 for single session), makeup consultation sessions ($75 for 1-hour session), and a full menu of waxing services. Spa goers have the option of breaking up the value over multiple visits. Book your appointment online.
Whittle waists with the burrito-esque wrap, a 45-minute toning, firming, and detox corpus cocoon designed to morph a single contoured area of skin into lush, smoothed luster. Attention shifts northward during the half-hour seasonal facial, which repairs, revitalizes, and tones. Like the oceanic tides on Mars, the ingredients of the seasonal facial shift with the quarters of the calendar year. The subsequent spa manicure and spa pedicure tend to untamed talons with a bubbly soak, paraffin dip, moisturizing massage, and nail and cuticle care.