Kenneth Paul Salon's staff of savvy stylists pampers clients with a bevy of beautifying hair services. Women can tend to unruly head tresses with a cut and style, good for achieving a perfectly buoyant bob or luxurious long layers ($35). Gentlemen can relinquish wild man manes to a scissor-wielding follicle sculptor for a haircut, surrounding rugged mugs with firm strand frames ($17). A root coloring tints threads well below coiffure canopies ($65), and partial-foil highlights decorate head fur with dynamic shocks of color ($75). More than cuts and coloring, Kenneth Paul specializes in keratin treatments (starting at $300) and waxes brows, lips, and chins ($10 each). Customers must call ahead to schedule appointments.
The licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Sammi Gene Salon and Spa delight patrons with relaxing massages and purifying body wraps. During the 60-minute European body massage, a muscle kneader coaxes tension from backs with dedicated strokes, gentle pressure, and promises of trips to the zoo. Clients who opt for the seaweed wrap can choose between two marine-grass modalities. The re-mineralizing seaweed wrap increases skin's capacity for moisture, imbuing it with a refreshed glow and raising the ire of jealous camels, and the detoxifying seaweed wrap first hydrates skin and then siphons away the absorbed fluid, leaving bodies svelte and clean.
As a reward for selling the most Kérastase products while working at Gioia Salon in Texas, Alda Membrino won a trip to Italy. She didn't use it as a vacation from her career, however—nearly every moment was spent studying the hair coloring and cutting techniques of the country's masterful stylists. She flaunts this dedication to her craft at Windsor Salon and Spa, where she rejuvenates hair with Neuma organic shampoo, paraben- and DEA-free AG hair products, and hair color made with a yogurt base and natural ingredients.
For the rest of the body, Alda removes unwanted hair with either standard wax or a sugar formula composed entirely of natural ingredients and Santa's unused candy canes. The expert rounds out her service menu with spa staples such as manicures and pedicures, hot-stone massages, and facials that exfoliate with seaweed or glycolic acids.
Solar Escape Tanning Salon helps clients escape to a tropical state, both mind and body. The solar emporium offers warm tanning beds and spray tans that grant a vacation-worthy glow, and also books real vacations through its partnership with Hemisphere Travel Group. Inside the tanning facility, guests can develop year-round tans in four levels of UV-tanning beds and Mystic Tan booths, which evenly apply a sunless tan in 60 seconds. The Smart Tan–certified salon also sells swimwear to fashion in the tropics, in the tanning bed, or under the food warmers at a favorite restaurant.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
Don't be fooled by its tranquil atmosphere and invigorating scents—Natural Balance LLC is no day spa. Owner Trish Eastwood and her team of seven certified therapists possess years of training in therapeutic massage and take a serious approach to their profession. Each no-nonsense massage incorporates ample communication in order for the specialists to ease their clients' particular knots and painful spots with deep kneads, gliding strokes, and nimble fingers. To enhance relaxation sessions, steamed towels, hot stones, and aromatic essential oils warm the muscles and invigorate the senses much like a nap in a bread oven.