Walking through the minimal, dimly lit interiors of Invidia Salon and Spa may feel like walking through a dream. Ultramodern floral wall sconces and chandeliers fashioned from branches illuminate hardwood-floored hallways that split off into dark rooms filled with plush couches. In the central hall, studio lights cast dramatic beams onto swiveling salon chairs positioned in front of floor-to-ceiling mirrors, each aligned in two rows flanking a central stone fireplace.
Here in the multimillion dollar 10,000-square-foot facility, stylists sculpt new ’dos and colorists add hues to locks. Aestheticians smooth skin with customizable facials rich in vitamins and natural extracts, and laser technicians boost collagen with LED light therapy and laser facials.
In private spa rooms, equipped with fireplaces and temperature-controlled beds, therapists imbue a sense of calm with massages and Reiki. In the Vichy shower, clients treated with mud or fruit body wraps recline on a cushioned bed while multiple showerheads work to clean their skin.
Beyond just relaxing massages, the team at Healing Hands Massage & Esthetics want to provide a retreat from daily life, and a place to allow both body and mind to decompress. Personalized to each client, visits vary depending on their needs, whether an individual is hoping to lose weight or simply get a tan before hitting the tans-only beach. Massages range from the long, flowing strokes of restorative Swedish massage to the gentle, all-over kneading of a lymphatic drainage treatment, which works to detoxify the body and lessen the appearance of cellulite.
Inside Ultrasalon, talented staffers break out Dermalogica, Murad, and Éminence beauty products in the pursuit of fantastic-looking skin. In addition to restorative facials, patrons can spruce up nails with manicures and pedicures and decorate digits with nail art such as colorful stripes or silhouettes of The Addams Family’s Thing.
Licensed massage therapist Rachel Leggett studied her craft at Spa Tech Institute. As a well-versed professional, Rachel can knead sore sinews with therapeutic, deep-tissue, integrative, Swedish, and sports techniques. In addition to easing painful knots, she also wields first-aid certification from the American Heart Association.
Mineral makeup free of talc, parabens, and carmine—a product derived from insects that live on cacti. Shimmery eye shadows in 119 shades. Sunless-tanning lotion packed with jojoba oil. These are just a few of the offerings from The All Natural Face, a makeup company dedicated to creating safe, effective, and cruelty-free cosmetics. Each of its products brims with natural ingredients such as organic argan oil, candelilla wax, and organic raw turbinado cane sugar, the last of which simultaneously exfoliates lips and adds sweetness to one’s morning coffee. In light of the plethora of chemicals and toxins in mainstream products, the cosmetics specialists take a natural approach to makeup: “We … care more about our customers,” they assert on their website, “than we do the bottom line.”
Maria Martin may not be Santa’s Vice President of Presentation, but she can certainly wrap. She applies this talent in assisting clients in their efforts to look and feel slimmer. As owner of Forever Slender and a certified fitness and nutrition specialist, she focuses on weight loss, using wraps and sauna cocoons to help clients detoxify, burn calories, and loose up to 15 inches. She presents a number of wraps, such as seaweed clay, aloe-herb solution, or infrared blankets—which are what NASA scientists cuddle under during movies. She places clients in Alpha 2010 sauna massages, enabling them to sweat out toxins and burn many calories. Maria also offers an ionic foot detox, which activates a mild microcurrent to pull toxins from thousands of foot pores soaking in sea-salt water. As a further testament to Maria’s diverse range of beauty-focused services, she offers custom airbrush tans to bronze skin and further reduce the appearance of cellulite.