Sweat pours from foreheads, hearts race, and blood courses. Though these effects are commonly caused by exercising, they are also caused by the detoxifying body wraps offered at Aphrodite. This boutique spa draped in a color scheme of teals and tans employs technicians that foster the toxin-purging process by shining infrared light over fully clothed clients in specialized wraps. Light energy is then able to reach the dermal layer of the skin, where it disrupts fat cells. Along with shrinking waistlines, each 50-minute session aims to relieve aches and pains caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, stress, and attempting to play water polo with a bowling ball.
When the dedicated staff members at Christie Pea say they want to make their clients feel like royalty, they aren't kidding. The salon's menu abounds with regal titles, from the Dutchess and Duke basic treatments to all-purpose pamperings fit for a queen or king. These namesake treatments describe several services, including nail enhancements, waxing, and facials designed to treat acne, sun damage, and rosacea. Replete with photos and videos courtesy of Jessika Alexandra, Christie Pea's spa parties provide a smattering of services for ladies to celebrate their sweet 16, approaching wedding, or decision to wear a polka-dotted prom dress.
Aestheticians at Envidia Nails Spa cheer downtrodden toes and overworked fingers with coats of brightly colored polish and pampering techniques that help reduce stress. The signature mani-pedi begins with an invigorating heel scrub and a hand-and-foot massage, relaxing tense palms, stressed-out soles, and weary retractable claws. Armed with an arsenal of tiny tools, technicians then deftly oil cuticles and file ragged nails into burnished, smooth ovals. Coats of jewel-toned OPI or Essie lacquer then transform digits into mobile fashion accessories capable of dialing the editor of Vogue simply by pointing imperiously at a phone. Spa mani-pedis lavish extremities with the same care as the signature treatment, but further soften and smooth skin by submerging hands in warm paraffin wax and slathering feet in an algae mask.
Lying on her side, her body supported by pillows, the expectant mother begins to relax. Her massage therapist goes to work, kneading the back, legs, and other areas pregnancy tends to put stress on. With benefits ranging from better sleep to increased blood flow, the pregnancy massage at Essence Day Spa is proof that spa treatments can be about more than just escaping from stress or wearing slippers in public; they can be integral to your health.
This isn’t news to Dr. I. Anthony Cardella, the MD who founded and operates the spa. The OB/GYN and former University of Miami professor created Essence Day Spa to be a place where licensed pros could apply their highly technical skills. That’s why, in addition to staples such as European facials and Swedish massages, his center performs services that require training with special equipment, including laser hair removal, bamboo massage, and microdermabrasion.
The Great Clips empire spans more than 3,000 salons across North America, where a collective of over 30,000 stylists wait, ready to tend to hairstyles. At these salons, no appointments are necessary—though an online check-in system aids those who wish to skip any potential lines by adding their names directly to the haircut queue. And to aid their new hairstyles, customers can peruse a line of gels, conditioners, pomades, and tea-tree oil shampoos and body washes.
As with any other modern-day clinical procedure, aesthetic laser treatments tend to yield the best results when administered and supervised by specialists. That's why Go Laser's licensed electrolysis staff and certified laser technicians work under the medical direction of Dr. Diana E. Vargas. Harnessing the power of the GentleMax laser, techs can help clients zap off unwanted hairs, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes, and treat varicose veins. Since the laser treatments only emit noninvasive light energy, patients generally only feel a tingling sensation on their skin similar to that of a snapping rubber band or break-dancing fairy.
Black-and-white snapshots of Marilyn Monroe accent the salon's honey-yellow walls, giving it a modern-museum quality––but the real art happens in the styling chairs. For more than 15 years, the skilled stylists at Milano have rewired hair circuit boards with voluminous layers and innovative coloring techniques. Guests can also request one of the salon's popular keratin treatments, which leave hair straighter and stronger.