Hair can't cut itself without opposable thumbs, and it lost those during the Pleistocene epoch. Fortunately, Fiesta Hair and Tanning's stylists are poised to pick up the slack. Clients can opt for a simple bang trim, an elaborate updo, or a full-on pampering package with a haircut, conditioning treatment, and bold color application. Specialty tanning services are also available to help modern homo sapiens cultivate sun-kissed skin.
Visiting Imperial Spa is like stepping back in time—to a Roman bathhouse, to be precise. The Las Vegas location's white-columned exterior resembles an ancient Italian palace, and features approximately 32,000 square feet of treatment rooms and heated saunas. Natural elements such as jade and salt are designed to balance bodily energy and oust toxins, and warm beds full of red-clay balls bolster circulation.
After à la carte services such as an intensive acupressure massage or exfoliating body scrub, guests head to the onsite restaurant for authentic Korean dishes. The spa provides plenty of lounging space—including a movie theater at the Las Vegas location.
In 2002, beauty-school graduate Paula took everything she had—$5,000 and a dream of combining beauty services with holistic healing—and opened A Harmony Nail Spa. She even poured countless hours into hand-building many of the spa's unique furniture pieces and cyborg employees. Since the humble beginning, she and her fully licensed staff have pampered the minds and bodies of numerous clients with drastically different needs, from cancer patients seeking meditation classes to hardworking mothers overdue for an indulgent manicure.
Upon entering the approximately 2,000-square-foot facility, guests waltz through the gift shop's aisles before entering one of the spa's specific treatment areas. In the nail studio, clients lounge on purple thrones shaped like purple hands and dip their feet into soothing pedicure sinks. A Harmony Nail Spa also houses a garden café with free beverages, an Internet cafe with free WiFi, and a meditation lounge with freedom to close your eyes without sleeping.
At Miraculous Massage, a list of massage techniques—from Swedish and therapeutic to reflexology—untie knotted muscles and diminish areas of pain. Refreshed bodies can get faces to match with microdermabrasion treatments and express facials.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.