Salon Tua Nails & Spa's tranquil environs and accommodating staff help visitors abandon the stresses of the week as they indulge their bodies in relaxing spa treatments. During the 80-minute optimizer facial, an aesthetician daubs faces with a mixed solution of phytobiological actives to tighten skin and improve slumping facial posture better than a pair of cheek crutches. The facial's ingredients also work to strengthen complexions and improve skin tone. Body beautification extends to appendage enders with the cuccio naturale spa manicure and pedicure, which moisturizes skin on the hands and feet with a wrinkle-reducing formula comprised of papaya enzymes and guava nectar anti-oxidants. A callus treatment and scrub then smoothes out rough skin before a mask and lotion hydrates epidermises like a Gatorade bubble bath.
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 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 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.
Owner, stylist, and 22-year industry veteran Ray Caballero helms Casa R. Caballero Salon, Spa & Boutique with an eye for style and a preference for experienced team members. Ray's styling chairs are flanked by numerous beauty and wellness experts, including stylist 25-year veteran stylist Yolie Kelly, 15-year veteran massage therapist and master aesthetician Stacy Glass and 10-year veteran nail tech Mickie Trieu. Leveraging products from Lanza Healing Haircare, Pravana, Redken OPI, and Essie, team members assist clients in achieving their aesthetic aspirations with salon and spa services ranging from waxing to feather extensions to facials. They also keep the door open until as late as 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to accommodate those who work, sleep, or sleepwork during the day.
Essentials Massage & Facials' Spa professionals relax weary bodies with a collection of therapeutic services. Soothing massages employ a collection of kneads, strokes, and manipulations to reduce tension and disentangle body knots, with luxurious add-ons such as paraffin treatments and aromatherapy. The skin-savvy techs also rid frames of unwanted stubble with waxing services, smooth out wrinkles with chemical peels and microdermabrasion, and soften countenances with professional skincare products during facials.
The name says it all. At Tampa Bay’s Best Skin and Massage, the staff caters to each client’s specific needs to leave skin refreshed or to massage away pain and stress. Facials such as a chocolate-antioxidant treatment replenish and repair skin and save clients from laborious swims in the chocolate river. Alternatively, the staff uses gentle waxing techniques to rid clients of facial or body hair, and soft, heated sheets and candle-lit rooms enhance the relaxing massage services.
Tru Beaute Med Spa boasts a staff of three heroines whose primary nemeses are stress and Father Time. The spa's partner in crime, Uchenna, also combats aging with the help of cosmetic injections. She uses wrinkle relaxers such as Botox and dermal fillers such as Restylane and Perlane to firm up the skin, fading frown lines without mandating that clients only watch sitcoms from now on. Their leader and spa manager, licensed massage therapist Valerie, fends off stress and muscle ache with specialized massages to address each client's therapeutic and relaxation needs. Lead medical esthetician Elizabeth's noninvasive HydraFacials simultaneously moisturize, exfoliate, and protect the skin through hydradermabrasion, and her dermaplaning procedures gently clear away dead skin cells to reveal luminous complexions.
Rounding out the team roster, medical esthetician Tasha specializes in the application of permanent makeup and eyelash extensions. Tasha applies permanent makeup by hand, which allows for a softer look for her clients. She works carefully with each client to achieve the look they desire, and follows up with her permanent makeup clients for a touchup after 4 weeks. Cups of coffee and wine, served beneath the waiting room's sphere of hanging crystals, contribute to the spa's aura of relaxation.