Belle Vie Skin Care's staff’s singular aim is to help their clients live the "belle vie," or beautiful life. They do so by focusing on the body's biggest organ, the skin, using DermaQuest Skin Therapy products. Naturally, they present a wide range of facials: there are 14 in all—enough to make each head of a 14-headed monster marginally less terrifying. These range from a quick 30-minute basic facial to more powerful treatments such as microdermabrasion, LED therapy, and chemical peels. As epidermis experts, they also specialize in waxing. Inside a private treatment room, a trained professional delicately removes the hair from bikini areas, the face, the back, and legs.
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.
A honeycomb of private treatment rooms and 12 hairstyling stations at True Salon and Spa receive clients with open arms. Owners Sharon and Whitney Breault aim to please customers with hair services powered by Pureology and Dermalogica skincare products. As an added bonus, Sharon keeps the lobby stocked with the oldest of hospitality strategies: food. The scent of fresh coffee wafts through the air from its perch alongside a plate of cookies, and the rotating variety is based on "whatever I'm hungry for," Sharon laughs.
As clients sip wine and munch on hors d'oeuvres during after-hours appointments, a team of more than 20 stylists and aestheticians go to work on hair, skin, and disobedient wings. Skilled hands beautify tresses, smooth skin during aromatherapy body treatments, and customize botanical facials with skin analyses. "It's one of the higher-end salons in Elk Grove," Sharon says, referencing her top-notch aestheticians and pearl-gray decor.
Salon owner Deborah Nava and husband Michael draw upon more than 40 years of combined of experience and wisdom gleaned from Deborah's stints with Sebastian of Beverly Hills and Allen Edwards of Newport Beach and Michael's training at the International Dior Academy to curate customized, face-flattering coifs. Though stylists customize cuts to flatter each client’s style or conceal budding antlers, the shearing team specializes in youthful hairstyles, sculpting asymmetric looks, and applying vivid highlights. Stylists also festoon strands with the latest flourishes such as keratin treatments and feather extensions. Additionally, hair gurus happily instruct clients in ways to re-create trend-savvy styles at home while furnishing tips for extending the look’s lifespan.
The stylists of Envy Salon & Spa have partnered with the high-end Kérastase haircare line to bring their clients effective treatments that leave hair shining. Stylists utilize their training from top schools such as Vidal Sassoon to design flattering coifs, add subtle highlights, or lengthen natural hair with weaves. When they’re not grooming strands, beauty specialists wax away unwanted hair and milk moustaches and help clients manage acne and wrinkles with Dermologica and Jan Marini facials.
Founded on the idea that guests are "treated as royalty," DQ Salon, short for Drama Queen, fields a staff of stylists that crafts new hairstyles atop clients, whose reflection is already festooned with giant, iron crowns that rest above salon mirrors. Using natural and organic products and Rapunzel's self-help book, the salon’s experts trim tresses, change hues, remove unwanted stubble, and meticulously groom fingers and toes with hair and nail services.