Bobby and Alice Caston—he a homeopath and she a cosmetologist—have spent 20 years turning All Natural Health & Beauty Center into a haven for organic foods, natural supplements, and environmentally friendly body products. Freshen up underarms with a Kiss My Face patchouli deodorant stick ($5.99), a blend of odor-fighting liquefied crystal stones that was never tested on animals and never cheated off animals on its tests. Mouths rejoice at the touch of Crazy Rumors juicy lip balm, available in lemon and gumball scents ($3.49). The BioKleen all-purpose cleaner allows eco-conscious houses to look their best ($8.29), and Zuke's Mini Bakes Turkey 'n' Taterz dog treats can be used to reward pups for sorting the recycling ($5.89). Atkins Nutritionals Day Break bars brighten afternoons with bursts of energy packed into flavor slabs in varieties such as cranberry almond and cinnamon bun ($7.69+/five-pack box). Targeted at overstimulated kids, the Abra Therapeutics Aromasaurus Rex calming aromatherapy bath ($12.99) turns tub time into a soothing, scented bit of respite.
When clients visit Emmanuel's Salon, the team of stylists takes extra care to ensure that their experience is as relaxing as possible, whether they're in for a precision haircut or a hot-stone massage. The salon and day spa offers a wide range of pampering services, including haircare and nailcare, facials, and massages.
Inside Barron's Studio, hairstylist Lindsey Stritch crafts new 'dos and nourishes tresses with luxurious Redken products. For the past five years, she's worked alongside other experienced stylists and recently bolstered her repertoire of skills by attending an Italian cut-and-color class. When she isn't arranging strands into sophisticated updos sprinkled with delicate tendrils, Lindsey tears down boundaries with avant-garde colors and glittering tinsel extensions. She also concocts sultry, tousled looks with soft, multidimensional highlights, shaggy layers, and strategically placed fans.
David Michael Salon & Day Spa's aestheticians snip, straighten, and color tresses, relax bodies with spa services, and pamper mitten- and boot-fillers with manicures and pedicures. Beyond the day spa's brick exterior, wood floors and walls brightened with marigold, plum, and sage paint create a stylish, colorful stage where deft fingers can go to work. Massage keeps knotted muscles from tying themselves ever tighter, and strands of leg hair brandish tiny white flags of surrender as they flee from the efficient hands of waxing specialists. Joico, Aquage, Wella, and Dermalogica products gather on David Michael's shelves, ready to hop into an unsuspecting satchel and find a new home.
The true passion of the aestheticians of Glamour Obsession Beauty Studio, which is a member of Associated Skin Care Professionals, lies in luxuriating bodies with anti-aging facials and nourishing therapies. The studio's experienced beauty techs believe that taking care of the body's largest organ is not an indulgence but, rather, a necessary component of overall health and well-being. Aside from nurturing the human husk, the aestheticians can enhance its natural beauty with lush lash extensions, artful makeup applications, and waxing services proven to be more effective for hair removal than fire or wishing.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo 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. 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.