No color is too bold and no cut is too creative for the stylists at Fantasy Beauty Palace, a salon where artistry is embraced while tresses are trimmed. With a full palette of hues at their disposal, they create sun-kissed highlights and daring Jessica Rabbit reds, in addition to subtle auburns and cover-ups of grays. The shop shelves are stocked with products to help manage your mane at home and keep it looking lovely until the next appointment.
In one of seven private treatment rooms, guests lie down for 60- to 120-minute massages performed by licensed massage therapists. Both male and female massage therapists help clients relax with massages in a variety of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and reflexology.
The spa experience at Chung Dum Spa & Fitness, a Korean- and Japanese-style spa, is centered around various types of Asian baths, a type of dry sauna. Each has its own temperature and embedded minerals that can provide specific health benefits: The Hot Yellow Clay with Charcoal Room, for example, reaches 120 degrees. Lay down here and it’s said to help you get rid of impurities and improve blood flow. The Warm Jade Room maxes out at 98 degrees, and it is embedded with calcium, iron, and magnesium; according to tradition, it can help with high blood pressure. Botanical fragrances fill the herbal steam sauna; you can also unwind in one of the hot tubs, which dissolve muscle knots while heating any pasta you might keep in your pockets.
The facilities aren’t limited to just the saunas: there’s a fitness center and onsite café if you want to stay a while. Access to these facilities is included in a day pass. Guests can also take advantage of body scrubs and massages.
At Blush Pinups & Salon Blush, a CityVoter 2010 Best Hair Salon finalist, women of all shapes and sizes transform into sultry pinup girls with the help of hair, makeup, and photo services. A visit to the salon begins with vintage hairstyling and the application of makeup, both of which are modeled after WWII–era glamour icons such as Jane Russell or a cross-dressing John Wayne. Next, owner-photographer Alanna Ralph discusses the photo-shoot concept with the vintage vixen before snapping steamy pictures of her coyly playing records on a gramophone or stretched out on a velvet chaise longue. Alanna then retouches the images before adding them to CDs, photo books, and other available formats.
Janet has spent six years plying tension from sore muscles with her tailored therapeutic massages, which incorporate techniques from Swedish, orthopedic, and Thai yoga modalities. But she hasn’t been doing it alone. She receives assistance from specialized massage beds. Each bed is equipped with an amethyst far-infrared biomat that provides soothing heat to the client's body as Janet tends to sore muscles, inflamed joints, and funny bones that only respond to prop comedy. She also offers inversion therapy, which relies on downward body positioning to help correct weak back muscles and misalignments.