Great Clips Salon's stylists stay up to date on the latest styles and techniques, snipping and reshaping masses of hair into sleek headpieces worthy of mounting above handsome brows or on the hood of a Cadillac. Clients can walk in any time for the next available appointment, or take advantage of the online check-in system, which queues soon-to-be-styled customers and notifies them when they are next in line. Appointments open with a consultation, in which stylists learn a client's personal style answer burning questions such as the proper number of times to water hair with coca-cola daily. Afterward, stylists bring expertly wielded shears to bear on hairdos, sculpting bold new shapes out of raw keratin. While not included in today's Groupon, Great Clips Salons provides cornucopia of products to keep all hair types nourished and looking their best.
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 of 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 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.
The staff at Spa Soma treats clients with a varied menu of aesthetic, weight-loss, and medical beauty services. They work to pair a gentle, warm environment with high-quality medical treatments, such as laser hair removal. They also offer seven different types of massage, dispelling the notion that beauty procedures backed by scientific research must be performed in a cold, sterile environment devoid of human life. These effective treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, injectables, and dermal fillers, which reduce telltale signs of age, such as wrinkles or tattoos written in Sanskrit.
A full-service salon complements the center's aesthetic medical services. Here, staff members perform customized haircuts and clip nails during express and spa mani-pedis.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
Each location offers the regenerative properties of various varieties of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 10 minutes are set aside for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
Dr. Lisa Gulcher, M.D. manages a staff of aestheticians who use advanced cosmetic technology to perform nonsurgical treatments for men and women. A one-hour Laser Genesis skin-therapy treatment commences with a consultation and brief prep work. Sure-handed staff members then wield a laser handpiece, showering dermal layers with cascades of laser-light energy in an attempt to minimize the appearance of the fine lines, large pores, and "Fifty-Four Forty or Fight" tattoos indicative of aging skin. The gentle heat caused by the procedure is designed to stimulate collagen formation beneath the skin's surface and reduce skin redness. Sessions conclude with the application of an SPF moisturizer and entail a minimal amount of downtime, ensuring that patients have ample time to recover before they must put their faces back to work as portable dry-erase boards.