Effective hair- and skincare requires two things: talented, well-trained beauty professionals and quality products. Elayne James Salon and Spa, named in Salon Today's list for 200 of the country’s fastest growing salons, thrives with a staff of Redken- and Wella-trained hairstylists who wield French-made herbal formulas from Privé as they cut, color, and style strands. They also lengthen short ‘dos with Italian SoCap hair extensions, block frizz with a keratin smoothing system, and scare strands straight with barks from a drill sergeant. The salon’s aestheticians use preservative-free A Natural Difference skincare products to cleanse and exfoliate skin during facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and red-light-therapy sessions. Beyond hair and skin, Elayne James’s service menu includes indulgent Swedish and deep-tissue massages, mani-pedis, and waxing.
Videll’s Day Spa’s eponymous massage therapist, Videll Long, oversees a staff of professional aestheticians, nail techs, and massage therapists who work together to break new ground in beauty and relaxation. Private rooms replete with plush chairs and pillowy massage tables serve as the background to services such as facials, mani-pedis, waxing, massages, and microphototherapy treatments that tighten and tone skin to reduce age spots. Whether treating patrons one-on-one or alongside friends at group parties, the spa’s specialists pamper bodies with products from top brands such as Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and Dermalogica.
Each of Hollywood Tans' 140-plus locations, scattered from coast to coast, houses UV tanning booths that allow patrons to tan while standing for 8–11 minutes. With an average of 15 hygienic booths per salon, patrons rarely encounter waiting times and can stop in without an appointment. Hollywood Tans also offers UV-free methods of adding color to one's skin, including Mystic Tan's DHA-infused spray tans, tanning lotions, and public readings of guests' teenage diary entries.
Heated cloths dipped in a blend of essential oils enhance the healing herbal therapy as specialized massage techniques to eradicate muscle tension and melt stress. That's just one of the modalities at A Magical Escape, where massage therapists relieve physical pain and stress as skilled aestheticians replenish and heal skin with facials. The menu of body treatments also includes wraps designed to detoxify, moisturize, or tighten skin. Anti-aging LED light therapy boosts collagen and elastin production to erase blemishes formed on faces and permanent records.
The image gurus at Body Images command a fleet of tanning beds in five different levels and the skills to artfully apply a custom, airbrushed glow. They stock their shelves with an array of lotions, balms, and gravies, including the entire MR International line of professional skincare products, such as iCandi and iTease, for a spectrum of desired results. To complement newly darkened skin tones, the team also offers slimming sauna capsules, teeth-whitening services, and a collagen bed, to encourage more youthful-looking skin.
Each guest who walks through the door at Michael Christopher Salon & Day Spa is personally greeted by a staff member, just the start to the client's pampering experience. Clients enter the comfortable salon lobby, where gourmet coffee and magazines await. The salon, which has garnered a number of awards, treats clients to haircuts, highlights, and perms. Private rooms host massages and facial treatments, and nail technicians offer traditional and Shellac mani-pedis.