At Downtown Chic, skillful staff unknot tension with therapeutic massages and rehydrate dry mugs with a signature facial. Spines may enter the spa's taupe-hued massage room like stern, unbending iron, but the hands of a certified massage therapist transform even the most ornery vertebrae into pliant clumps of sticky rice. Those desirous of refreshed face-skin can undergo a 45-minute signature facial, where dermal surfaces receive a thorough sudsing, a gentle exfoliation, and a moisturizing treatment that makes visages glow like dew-covered disco balls. A 45-minute stress-relief massage follows, in which a massage therapist seeks to drain tension from the back, neck, shoulders, and feet.
Mimosa Spa Salon takes its name from the mimosa flower, whose beautiful pink and violet blooms signify the arrival of spring. Similarly, the salon and spa incorporates nature into much more than its name. Expert stylists such as Alyshia Brown use high-quality products during haircuts and colors. Meanwhile, spa staffers wax away unwanted hair, massage tense muscles, and trim nails on the hands and feet.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 250 locations blanket 36 states and eight countries—Planet Beach Spa 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. The range of services include total skincare, wellness, weight management, relaxation and renewal treatments. 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.
The color pink dominates Gemz Salon, from the walls and furniture to a glamour girl runway that invites visitors to strut down the catwalk and show off their new looks. The spot's fuchsia interior appeals to both children and adults, as does its menu of prettifying services. Rockstar and glitter toe treatments glamorize feet after aestheticians sprinkle glitter onto a gel base, creating an eye-catching look and reflecting sunlight to scare off wayward cave lizards. Shellac manicures preserve the refined states of fingernails with nail-strengthening shades that remain chip-free for up to two weeks.
In addition to nail care, the staff performs an array of salon services. Gemz Salon's stylists clip hair into chic silhouettes and accessorize strands with feather extensions to make them more appealing to pet parakeets. Organic spray tans leave skin both gilded and firmer as a result of green-tea leaves and coffee-seed extracts, and waxing services rid follicles of unwanted hair.