The stylists and aestheticians at Metro Hair Salon and Spa call on years of training and acclaimed beauty brands such as Sadoc, Alfaparf Milano, and Shellac to refine appearances from head to toe. Inside one of three cozy studios, staffers rejuvenate damage and smooth down frizzled follicles with deep-conditioning recovery treatments and Brazilian straightening techniques. Coif artisans carefully steer scissors through strands, cutting and styling hair to frame faces or bypass highly ticklish shoulders. The spa also indulges other bodily regions by dipping hands in silky paraffin, infusing facials with renewing caviar, and unearthing tension with focused deep-tissue massages.
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.
At Malibu Tan and Swimwear, a full-service tanning salon, bronzing artists gild pelts with the light mist of an FDA-approved airbrush tanning solution. During the session, an airbrush and compressor evenly spritzes clean dermises in a DHA solution, which mingles with the skin’s amino acids to form a butterscotch topping. Airbrush tans last about 5–10 days and fully develop within 4–6 hours. Postsession, customers should not shower, sweat, or dive for pearls for at least eight hours.
Founder of MD Skin Effects, Dr. Mona Mangat, saves the skin of her clients with the help of her teammate Karen Larson, a licensed skincare specialist of more than 20 years. The team's advanced medical aesthetic services can address beauty needs ranging from removing unwanted hair by laser to unclogging pores with peels and mini plungers. Beauty injections fight aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines using FDA-approved prescription serums, and microdermabrasion employs aluminum-oxide crystals to shed the skin’s top layer and spur the creation of more collagen.
Josephine Ramos can't turn back time; however, she can restore a healthy, youthful glow to her clients' skin by concealing the blemishes and signs of aging that gradually appear. In addition to performing facials for virtually all ages and skin types—clearing pores, hydrating the epidermal layers, and applying custom masks—Josephine uses microcurrent technology or microdermabrasion wands to dramatically improve tone and texture. She also boosts her clients' confidence in their looks by applying a natural-looking airbrush tan and by waxing unwanted stubble.
At JenSpa, owner Jen and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Diana Elias team up to bolster beauty with a range of aesthetic treatments. Jen employs Image Skincare products—which are entirely petrochemical- and paraben-free—to soothe and nourish skin throughout her facials, while Dr. Elias helps reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging with injectable treatments such as Botox and Juvederm.