Brandi Nuttall, the owner of Dolce Salon & Spa, must believe that you can never have too much of a good thing. Expanding upon her first and second Dolce locations, which measure in at 12,000 and 13,000 square feet, respectively, she opened the third hub in 2007, and now there is a fourth. The 30,000-square-foot behemoth built in 2007 houses 62 styling stations, 21 spa rooms, 14 pedicure thrones, a makeup counter, a brow bar, and manicure stations. All four locations boast the same services?though at different scales?as well as men?s hair and spa treatments and bridal styling. Unlike hotels that charge extra for doorknobs and oxygen, the salons have a generous streak. They provide hairstyling services to those who donate to Locks of Love, spa services to local foster children, and hair clippings to areas affected by oil spills.
Vitality Medical's staff of Doctors and Nurse Practitioners help to reveal shapely figures with weight-loss programs and body-contouring treatments. Specialists listen with an understanding ear as they steer patients onto the proper treatment path, answer questions, and keep tabs on their progress. As the med spa's marquee treatment, the HCG weight-loss program revolves around injections of an all-natural fat-burning solution that seeks to fire up the metabolism, combating unwanted adipose with a combination of vitamins and microscopic trebuchets. Vein therapy, VelaShape body contouring, and laser hair-removal treatments perfect the skin that covered former curves as Botox and FotoFacial treatments forge more youthful complexions.
Julian Luna and Jim Le opened J Salon in 2006, and have since built up a team of experienced stylists with specialties ranging from Japanese thermal straightening to full-on makeovers. With products from Bumble and bumble and Moroccanoil in tow, they revamp looks with highlights, cuts, and full colors or touchups. Their expertise led the staff to enter a “hair wars” competition, a runway show designed to display the creativity of Phoenix area hair stylists. Along with hair care, J Salon helps clients get rid of the hair they don’t want with lip and eyebrow waxing services.
Microgenesis is a safe, 60-minute facial treatment designed to beautify all skin types by combining the healing powers of Microdermabrasion (a $60 value) and Laser Genesis (a $175 value) treatments into one targeted, customized facial. A skilled aesthetician uses a fine sand tool to gently exfoliate the skin while suctioning dearly departed skin cells and old muffin crumbs from the face's outer layer. Resist the urge to eat the subsequently applied strawberry-spearmint mask, as it will erase the mask's topical benefits, which include improving skin tone, fixing broken capillaries, and hydrating the skin. Like a metaphor for life, once you think it's all over, a bright light in the form of a laser emerges from the mist to heat the upper dermis. This safe, comfortable method stimulates healthy collagen, reduces the appearance of pores, decreases wrinkles, and tightens loose hinges. The strawberry-spearmint Microgenesis process treats uneven skin tone and diffuses redness, leaving skin as silky as a dolphin torpedo.
Massage Haven's name is a bit deceiving. Though both locations make good on the haven part, neither limits its services to just massages. Inside the Peoria and Scottsdale retreats, expert staff oversee facials, waxes, and various other beauty-boosting treatments, including hand and foot scrubs. Still, due to their therapeutic and relaxing benefits, massages manage to rise to the top of the services list. The team—which includes more than 20 licensed therapists— is skilled in seven different types of massage, including Swedish, prenatal, and trigger point. And each session can be as short or as long as the patient needs; those looking for a quick pick-me-up can book a 30-minute express massage, while those looking for longer kneading or an inconspicuous place to nap can escape for a full two hours.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach 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.