The stone accent wall and cherry-wood counter in Agea Spa's lobby form a barrier against the stresses of the outside world. Upon entering, clients are encouraged to cast aside their cell phones and laptops before enjoying a relaxing shower in one of the private changing areas. This is only the first step, though—within the spa proper, a team of aestheticians and stylists stands ready to pamper visitors from crown to ankle.
The aestheticians' facial treatments incorporate organically sourced skincare ingredients—including anti-inflammatory plant extracts, natural fruit acids, and aromatic steam—formulated to hydrate the skin and imbue it with a healthy glow. The massage therapists target knotted muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, or hot-stone modalities, and they can also use reflexology or reiki techniques to promote holistic balance. The stylists pamper clients' tresses, designing flattering new looks with a combination of well-placed snips, coloring products, and texturizing treatments.
Though tanning can be relaxing, it can also be time-consuming. Tanning on the Edge's service menu was designed for people who want to tan but may have limited time. During 12- to 15-minute sessions in the tanning beds, guests stay cool and relaxed with circulating air and a satellite radio. A vertical booth accommodates patrons who prefer to tan while standing or who don’t understand how to turn the party sub they are carrying lengthwise.
Nearby, a full lineup of spa services make sure guests are radiant from head to toe. Cosmetologists use Pharmagel and Repêchage products in spa facials designed to clear up acne, firm aging faces, or simply boost radiance. Nail experts turn up the luxury on manicures and pedicures with add-ons such as paraffin dips, acrylic tips, and nail gems, while waxing specialists remove fuzz from nearly any area of the body to make tans stand out.
The hair artisans at Fantastic Sams’ more than 1,300 nationwide locations sculpt locks on both men and women with precision and skill. Along with creating updos for special occasions and performing facial waxing and mustache trims, the artisans accompany haircuts by shampooing strands and bolstering circulation with three-minute scalp massages that feature nourishing serum. Deep-conditioning treatments repair damage and bolster shine, and full-color services paint heads in subtle hues or shades as vibrant as a bouquet of light bulbs. A lineup of hair products rounds out the services, treating heads to restorative mixtures from brands such as Moroccanoil, Bamboo, and Fantastic Sams' own in-house line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling aids.
Spa BenMarNico's is nestled in the lower level of the downtown Copperleaf Boutique Hotel, and its staff renders facial, hair, nail, and waxing services cataloged on an extensive menu. Spa packages such as the Men's Night Out—which unites a massage with a facial or a back facial and a hand or foot soak—or Girlfriend's Getaway—the same treatment as the Men's Night Out package plus a polish—demonstrate Spa BenMarNico's adaptability to the different genders. In addition to each general spa service, guests gain access to complimentary showers, a whirlpool, and a fitness center, named for its location within the universe.
In a private, women's only, and by appointment only space, Christina Marie, the beautician and mastermind behind The Beauty Parlour, helps her clients to look and feel their best with a lengthy menu of hair, skin, waxing, and beauty services. In addition to chic haircuts and vibrant color treatments, The Beauty Parlour offers specialized haircare in a private setting. Wax, enriched with elements of gardenia and water lily, deftly removes hair from limbs, faces, and bathing suit areas, while body treatments, such as monticelli mud, help to detoxify and rejuvenate the skin.
The friendly staff at Zen Spa Lounge—located in The Sedgefield Shoppes between Marisol Restaurant and Blossoms—pampers clients with a lengthy list of massage, skin, and nail treatments. Therapists knead away tension and improve immune systems with deep-tissue massages and reflexology treatments. Aestheticians customize four kinds of facials to combat acne, dehydration, and dullness, perking up treatments with specialty masks full of football-movie pep talks and vitamins A and C.