At Delight Beauty and Day Spa, aestheticians strive to give patients a retreat from everyday stressors. They stock the waiting room with complimentary beverages and snacks, and while new clients wait, they fill out a form that helps tailor services to their skin and body issues. The spa's private rooms are as quiet and tranquil as a mouse in a library. Clients lie on crisp linens while aestheticians explain their treatments, from facials targeted to skin type to massages that aim to simply relax, reduce chronic muscle aches, or assuage the discomfort of pregnancy. If they are interested, clients can also have staffers inform them about the latest beauty services, such as eyelash extensions or permanent makeup. The team is so experienced in the latter, they train future techs onsite.
The staff members at Anaya Skin Care have a big job to take on—the body’s biggest, in fact. They tend to its largest organ with facials and body scrubs that cleanse pores and remove dead cells to reveal youthful, soft skin. During waxing services, they unveil even more skin by removing unwanted hair from the root. Spray-tanning services darken complexions for a sun-kissed glow during months when the sun is on vacation in the Oort cloud. Meanwhile, permanent-makeup services enhance facial features by lining eyes, filling in brows, and creating full lips.
Brandi Nuttall, the owner of Dolce Salon & Spa, must believe that you can never have too much of a good thing. Expanding upon her first and second Dolce locations, which measure in at 12,000 and 13,000 square feet, respectively, she opened the third hub in 2007, and now there is a fourth. The 30,000-square-foot behemoth built in 2007 houses 62 styling stations, 21 spa rooms, 14 pedicure thrones, a makeup counter, a brow bar, and manicure stations. All four locations boast the same services—though at different scales—as well as men’s hair and spa treatments and bridal styling. Unlike hotels that charge extra for doorknobs and oxygen, the salons have a generous streak. They provide hairstyling services to those who donate to Locks of Love, spa services to local foster children, and hair clippings to areas affected by oil spills.
Massage Haven's name is a bit deceiving. Though both locations make good on the haven part, neither limits its services to just massages. Inside the Peoria and Scottsdale retreats, expert staff oversee facials, waxes, and various other beauty-boosting treatments, including hand and foot scrubs. Still, due to their therapeutic and relaxing benefits, massages manage to rise to the top of the services list. The team—which includes more than 20 licensed therapists— is skilled in seven different types of massage, including Swedish, prenatal, and trigger point. And each session can be as short or as long as the patient needs; those looking for a quick pick-me-up can book a 30-minute express massage, while those looking for longer kneading or an inconspicuous place to nap can escape for a full two hours.
Vitality Medical's staff of Doctors and Nurse Practitioners help to reveal shapely figures with weight-loss programs and body-contouring treatments. Specialists listen with an understanding ear as they steer patients onto the proper treatment path, answer questions, and keep tabs on their progress. As the med spa's marquee treatment, the HCG weight-loss program revolves around injections of an all-natural fat-burning solution that seeks to fire up the metabolism, combating unwanted adipose with a combination of vitamins and microscopic trebuchets. Vein therapy, VelaShape body contouring, and laser hair-removal treatments perfect the skin that covered former curves as Botox and FotoFacial treatments forge more youthful complexions.
Inside Devine's Salon Spa, clients aren't greeted with the thick chemical odor of formaldehyde, ammonia, or some laboratory's version of lavender. What they do smell are natural, aromatic botanicals wafting from a line of Aveda products. The team of stylists and aestheticians utilize these products throughout their full menu of men's and women's haircuts, facials, and body treatments, including complementary Aveda sensory rituals designed to put stressed minds and bodies at ease. And since Aveda products are manufactured with environmentally friendly wind power, it's not unusual for guests to emerge from Devine's looking and feeling beautified, and greeted with a hug from a tree.