Often spotted at local fashion shows, bridal expos, and other events, Hair Connoisseurs Salon & MediSpa's assorted stylists, aestheticians, and ache easers coddle bodies with services for hair, nails, and skin in a flower-filled lakefront facility. In the salon, nimble shears create new styles for men and women, perms and relaxers alter hair textures, and highlights and color treatments get head threads to shimmer without weaving a false ponytail from sunbeams. Gauzy fabric hangs from the ceiling of the private room where trained massage therapists aim to reduce stress with soft kneading, direct pressure, or aromatherapy oil blends. At stone-topped manicure stations, technicians beautify fingers and toes with acrylic, fiberglass, and silk wrap nails, which can be tapped on coral stone accent columns to summon the ghosts of dried-out polish bottles.
Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
Dorothy, the experienced aesthetician behind Eternal Youth Skin Care, protects her clients from the dangers of invasive procedures and toxic products with her collection of holistic facials. Among options that clients would be hard-pressed to find on another spa’s menu, the laser-alternative facial combines BioLamp therapy with hyperbaric pressure that pushes minerals deep into the skin. In a similarly innovative vein, Dorothy’s Botox-alternative treatment starts with a light peel and enhances the effects of its ingredients with small electrical currents. Aside from these and other facial treatments, Dorothy heals skin and helps shoulders sprout their nascent wings with infrared body wraps and holistic energy work.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Warm lather dapples the faces of reclined patrons of Capps Barbers. Barbers, their hands steady and sure, pull glinting straight razors across whiskers, flicking aside the foam. During the shaves, hot towels open facial pores, and relaxing neck and shoulder massages ease tension from filling in for a muskrat on a totem pole. Shears purr through hair in short and long cuts beneath shelves laden with Paul Mitchell, Woody's, and Crew styling products. Patrons pivot in crimson barber chairs or wait in leather wingback armchairs in a lounge area, where wedding parties may sip their favorite brews before the big day. Monthly membership packages include unlimited haircuts, free or discounted shaves, and free cuts for kids under 13 years of age.
Captained by Dr. James Young, the Goldfingers Skin Care staff fills the salon-style space with the latest in ultramodern med-spa and anti-aging technologies. Aestheticians enhance skin with treatments ranging from exfoliating microdermabrasion and chemical peels to permanent makeup application and laser hair removal. In private rooms, skilled massage therapists ease spinal pain with effulgent strokes and gentle nuzzles from resident kittens.