In the waxing world, soft wax tends to be less painful for a client, though it's often not used for Brazilian treatments because it poses a higher degree of difficulty for aestheticians. Not so at The Pretty Kitty, where the experienced team featured in InStyle's October 2013 Beauty Black Book deftly applies soft wax to deliver more efficient and comfortable treatments than traditional hard wax allows. Using only high-quality products, they often finish skin-smoothing full Brazilians in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. With the same gentle touch, this full service waxing boutique will also dismiss unwanted body hair from all body regions, including legs, lips, and eyebrows.
Elements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
Looking good and feeling good go hand in hand at Beauty and Wellness Center, a beauty and fitness studio with ornate tile floors and sunny yellow walls. Once guests step through the center's doors, they are greeted by aestheticians who specialize in shaping eyebrows, purifying skin with facials, and grooming fingernails, toenails, or Edward Scissorhands-style blades. There are resident massage therapists, too, who dissolve muscle tension with custom massages. Guests can also take an active role in their own wellness by attending the center's fitness classes, which include muscle-toning workouts, restorative yoga sessions, and stress-reducing meditation classes.
With their skin warm and newly darkened, patrons slip from the traditional tanning beds at Electric Beach. A gentle sibilance drifts from rooms where tanning technicians spray down patrons while keeping the individual’s skin tone in mind. They also draw upon lotions that prep epidermises with pH-balancing skin conditioners and keep skin tan. The studio's shelves brim with products from Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Splash Tonics, all of which help protect skin, improve the tanning process, or serve as identification on a yacht.
When the most basic pedicure offered includes a thorough foot massage, you know you're at a nail salon that values indulgence. And the pampering continues throughout each session at The Pedi Spa, as feet are treated to warm bubble soaks and fragrant exfoliation treatments. After toes have been transformed into perfectly relaxed puddles, nail technicians apply glossy coats of polish before sending patrons on their way.