Amid live greenery and plentiful sunlight, Lucia C. Salon's talented stylists prune quick-growing hair into sculpted coifs with the latest cut and color techniques. The crew sinks dry or damaged strands into a helping of reparative conditioning treatments before cutting excess length or straightening curlicues. Their color treatments bless hair with new hues, as quick foil sessions help hair absorb shimmering highlights and patrons practice for school musicals in which they play baked potatoes. In the privacy of a secluded room, the crew wields warm wax to swiftly strip away fuzz from the face and body and infuse skin with a natural-looking glow with the help of airbrush-tanning solutions.
Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.
When it comes to finding the right hair stylist, it's not just their experience that matters, but the type of experience. That's where Mina Floros and Kristin Sarzosa come in. With more than 40 years of styling between them, Mina and Kristin are regulars behind the scenes at Fashion Week in New York, Miami, and L.A. This keeps them on the pulse of trends, as do their continual trainings with renowned product lines Kerastase, Wella, and Arrojo. Amidst the brick and hardwood of their loft space, Lounge Hair Studio, they apply their hands-on experience to clients via cuts, highlights, and keratin treatments, the last of which pumps protein into hair more effectively than feeding it hamburgers.
The two tiers of Fusion Spa stack up with an elegance matched only, perhaps, by that of a wedding cake. Yet this haven for relaxation brings all the happiness of that sweet feast without the calories or the food fight between grandparents. Through a service menu that blends the modern sophistication of a med spa with the traditional indulgences of a spa, the double-decker retreat coddles both minds and bodies. On the main level, a roomy, open-concept sweeps guests across hardwoods, under high ceilings. Upstairs, in private rooms the color of a southwestern sunset, bodies are pampered with relaxing massages, rejuvenating facials, and stunning spray tannings.
The specialists at Urelax Oriental Natural Therapy have a simple goal: to turn the spa’s name into reality. Facial massage, foot reflexology, and anti-stress back massage target troubled regions directly, easing tension in ways specific to that area's needs. Alternatively, the whole-body massage aims to treat the complete human form and the baseball cap sitting directly above it. But whether the haven’s therapists release knots with acupressure techniques, or soothe aches with hot stones, they work to balance the body and ensure the flow of “qi”—life energy.
Hot stones, warm paraffin wax, and aromatherapy oils are just a few examples of how a treatment at Jennifer Day Spa goes above and beyond what you might expect. Here, therapists unwind muscle tension with everything from Swedish massages to foot reflexology, while aestheticians brighten and revitalize bodies with an array of customized skin treatments. Some of the more traditional spa mainstays, such as waxing, are complemented by newer treatments such as ultrasonic facials and DeLorean-assisted reverse-aging experiments.