It's quiet in Aqua the Day Spa. No cell phones or pagers are allowed to remain active in either of the two locations, so all you hear is your pulse slowing to a steady, soothing beat and the tiny noises made as expert hands open bottles of designer beauty products. Open since 1998, owners Susan and Ralph Barnette struck the right, Enya-like chord in 2003, when they first earned the title of Best Day Spa in the Jackson Free Press's annual "Best Of" roundup. The team of aestheticians and massage therapists have swept that title every year since, deflating the competition in proportion to lifting spirits. Paraben-free Skin Authority and scented Tokyomilk tonics nourish skin with vitamin-rich Moroccan clay and soothing mango, or exfoliate dead cells with bamboo salves scented with ylang-ylang. The staff's nimble hands blend these into custom treatments, including those to combat aging and the strange shadows creeping over men's skin, and work aromatherapeutic elixirs into muscles with nine different massage modalities. OPI and Shellac nail polish transform hands and feet into fashion accessories, a project helped along by smoothing wax.
At Spa Beca, award-winning aestheticians and massage therapists tend to bodies in a tranquil spa exclusively devoted to massage and body-therapy services. A staff member ushers guests into private treatment rooms, where low lighting casts a warm glow on blond terra-cotta walls and soothing decor, such as bronze sculptures and landscape murals. The spa's treatments range from individual services?such as massage, nail services, facials, and body wraps?to packages that stretch across an entire day and combine several detoxification and rejuvenation treatments typically reserved for returning cosmonauts.
Skin on the neck ages seven times as quickly as the skin on the face. The team at Body Anew Medical Spa are all knowledgeable skin experts, whose collective passion for skincare extends all over the body. They also use nonsurgical services, including facials and chemical peels, as ways to combat acne, sun spots, and fine lines. To refine the rest of the body, the team calls on non-wax depilatories to whisk away unwanted hair and lasers to zap spider veins while leaving surrounding skin as undisturbed as a kitten napping in a baseball glove.
Voted “one of the best salons in the state” in 2010 by Mississippi Magazine readers, Kosmos Hair Designers offers a jellybean-jar variety of beautifying spa and salon services. Your straightening treatment infuses keratin—a protein naturally found in skin, hair, and nails—deep into hair follicles, eviscerating frizz and curl from your head space and leaving hair smooth, shiny, and temptingly touchable. Unlike alternative salon processes, keratin treatment boosts hair health instead of knocking it down with a steel wrecking ball. Results last three to five months, depending on your hair’s texture and its propensity for running away with seductive Don Juan mop tops.
• For $99, you get 20 units of Botox, which is usually enough to treat lines around the eyes and the frown line between the eyebrows (a $240 value). • For $50, you get an On-The-Go facial with microdermabrasion (a $100 value).
Pampered Princess Mini Day Spa welcomes kids age 3 and up into its luxurious confines with a full set of salon services for adult and pint-size glamazons. Beverage service accompanies all services, priming parched tongues and larynxes for an afternoon of gossiping about Dan, Tony, Josh, Brad, Tim, and Johnny. The dual spa package dignifies digits with a manicure, imbuing them with a shade, shine, and improved wagging ability. The facials cleanse frontispieces of varying sizes, leaving them supple, moisturized, and devoid of pudding residue. A customized makeup application concludes the pampering episode, prettifying countenances for a photograph that will permanently preserve the bonding experience in digital format. Tiny, coddled hands leave with a goodie bag brimming with pleasant surprises, unlike albino toilet alligators.