At Matthews Salon Spa, the staff strives to care for each client's whole self, meaning services work to nurture the body and spirit in addition to merely beautifying skin or hair. Using environmentally friendly Aveda products derived from plants and flowers, the staff cuts, colors, and treats hair as if it were the hair of their favorite news anchor. Spa facials, such as the self-renewal facial, rejuvenate skin while also integrating a foot and scalp treatment, and the staff also pampers clients with massages and spa packages.
At Sunraes Tanning Salon, it can be difficult to decide just how to get that golden bronze glow. The root of this happy problem is the salon’s arsenal of six different tanning bed types, which range from basic level one tanning beds to unparalleled level five beds equipped with a cooling water mist, face and shoulder tanners, and 52 low pressure bulbs. Sunraes also offers UV-free color, misting away paleness with customized, hand-applied airbrush spray tanning.
Melissa Ponce, owner of Face 2 Face Skin Care, is a licensed skin therapist and makeup artist. She augments her skill set with shelves of organic skincare products from Dermalogica, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, and Neal’s Yard Remedies, which are made from plants that have never touched a drop of manmade fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or moonshine. Armed with these naturally occurring tools, she beautifies visitors during makeup services, waxing sessions, and facial treatments.
With an arsenal of traditional beds and sunless-tanning technology from Norvell, the solar skin soothers at Tropics Tanning Salon help build buttery brown skin tones. Choose from one of five different tanning-bed models, such as the Platinum X7 tanning bed ($33 for a three-session pack), featuring facial lamps, CountorPlus surfaces, and an mp3 hookup with surround sound to motivate your skin cells’ sizzling workout. Sun-stain seekers can also take advantage of the Norvell sunless-tanning-spray system ($25 for a single session), providing coppery skin coverage without the risk of UV rays and sandworms.
Donna Lussier got into the skincare business 21 years ago to help busy women like herself attain and maintain healthy, radiant complexions. The owner and licensed aesthetician of Belle Images Skincare is especially adamant about countering the physical signs of aging caused by stress, poor diet, sickness, or excessive time travel. She goes above and beyond one-time facials or microdermabrasion treatments to help clients maintain their results by implementing manageable and effective skincare regimens using botanical products enriched with vitamins, essential oils, and hydroxy acids. Donna is also experienced in oncology aesthetics, which address the specific needs of cancer patients.
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 the 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. Personal spa assistants are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment.
Blue Salon & Spa’s aestheticians and team of master and associate stylists spruce up lethargic locks with flattering cuts and beautify appearances with an array of services. As an Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa, Blue Salon & Spa offers dazzling color retouches from associate designers starting at $45, with touch-ups from rainbow-harnessing master designers starting at $55. Slake your angry scalp with a Damage Remedy hair and scalp renewal ($45) or rid your main mane of greasy strands and dandruff drifters with a cleansing shampoo and blow-dry ($35+). Body-waxing services whip bewhiskered dermises into shape for the skin-baring months of summer. Expel back-fur and chest vests with waxes ($45+), and strut about confidently in a swimsuit with a bikini wax ($35+).