Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
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 trained staff at Asonipse Spa & Salon—an Aveda-concept salon—revamp patrons’ appearances and foster full-body relaxation via a menu of pampering services. Throughout the day, the hairstyling crew bustles about their stations doling out haircuts, all of which include aromatherapy, a scalp-ritual treatment, and a makeup-refresh service. Aestheticians host pre-treatment consultations with patrons to create a facial customized to address individual skin types and problem spots, and a variety of manicures and pedicures soothe hands and feet aching from challenging smug sloths to hang-offs. Staffers also perform custom pre-natal, Swedish, and deep-tissue massages to erase muscular tension, along with waxing treatments to evict unwanted hair from bodies and faces.
Studio 210 Salon founder Sohelia has more than 15 years of experience behind her, but still she shines the spotlight on her coworkers, gushing on the staff page about her salon's "house full of energetic and enthusiastic hair stylists." Her team of makeup artists bring with them their own distinctions, including Catherine, a former model and theatrical costume designer, and Casey, a makeup and hair department head for E! Entertainment. The entire beauty team, working in conjunction with massage expert Kim, devotes themselves to subtle, feature-flattering makeovers or aesthetic overhauls on par with Picasso's shift from his blue period to his burndt-sienna phase.
At Crush Tan Spa's three locations, a very knowledgeable staff administers dozens of tanning beds and spray tan systems, including UV-free options. Their four different levels of tanning boast such features as Ergoline equipment, air conditioning, and standup tanners. On top of beds and spray-tan systems, each Crush Tan Spa location presents a variety tanning accessories including Designer Skin tanning lotions, Chynna Dolls bikinis, and a spray that protects skin from really severe TV glare.
Behind an exposed brick wall, clients at David Andrew Hair Salon & Skin Care Center perch on black styling chairs as stylists clip their locks. The skilled staff does more than basic haircuts, though; their service menu includes full highlights, deep-conditioning treatments, smoothing keratin treatments, and hair extensions. Equally as skilled are the aestheticians who man the salon’s skincare branch, where clients seek out waxing services, chemical peels, and intricate facials such as the collagen facial, which tightens the skin’s surface to fight the signs of aging.