Before Bessy Lim had her first facial, her life was a succession of stressful, 12-hour shifts. Her first spa experience awakened a latent desire: she wanted to help others find the relaxation she had forgone for so long. With that, she left her stressful career, earned a number of spa certifications, traveled abroad to learn the various therapeutic techniques and ways to pronounce "microdermabrasion" of spas overseas, and finally opened Agua De Vida. There, a corps of certified and licensed massage therapists team up with the spa specialist to mend tense muscles with massage, swaddle bodies in wraps, purify pores with facials, and primp hands and feet with nail services.
The technicians at No Sand Tan have stayed one step ahead of the sun since 1987 through continuing education and gear upgrades that expedite the bronzing process. At the studio or on location, airbrush artists oblige requests to conceal stretch marks or replicate the color of a favorite burlap sack with an organic, nourishing bronzer from Norvell. Automated booths empower clients to customize their own sun-free spray sessions. The studio's six UV modules operate under an innovative design that combines tanning with teeth whitening. Four traditional UV beds radiate at high- and low-pressure intensities to cultivate a rich hue regardless of skin type, and two extra-efficient booths deliver medium-pressure sessions fewer than 10 minutes long.
At Beauty in Motion Studio, professionally trained cosmetic trainers and sisters Crystal and Angela provide makeup training to women and also makeup artists in the field looking to advance their special techniques on custom blending and color theory. With years of combined experience and time as guest speakers, the duo showcases their versatility with an expertise in everyday makeup, fashion runway, and bridal looks. The beauty experts share skincare and makeup tips during small group workshops, in which participants can sip champagne and learn about an array of topics. In addition to workshops, they also offer private one-on-one training. For weddings, the studio’s aestheticians embellish skin with facials and expertly applied makeup, and hairstylists weave tresses into veil-ready updos. The service menu also extends to bridesmaids and flower girls, whose growth depends on their hair being regularly watered and pruned. Beauty in Motion Studio’s mobile bridal packages send staffers on-location to administer makeup touchups, facials, and hair changes at the reception itself.
Inside Ambiance Salon & Day Spa, lavish black leather chairs cocoon forms as stylists flit about crafting new 'dos with products from Goldwell, Joico, and Moroccanoil. Their services include piling hair into dramatic updos, adding color and dimension with highlights, and toning down frizz with Brazilian blowouts.
Past a hallway festooned with white chandeliers, private treatment rooms stand at the ready for the salon's more soothing services. Trigger-point, reflexology, and aromatherapy massages help quiet tightly strung muscles, and ancient cupping techniques boost circulation and decorate the back with handy coasters.
For nearly 20 years, the friendly muscle manipulators at Touché Salon & Spa have eased on-edge muscles in a stylish, relaxing environment of polished tile floors and cushy leather chairs. Put the licensed therapists' nimble knuckles to the test with the Touché's signature relaxation massage, good for any level of tension. For 50 minutes, a chief stress destructor will target enemy tension insurgents using firm but gentle hand-to-muscle combat, easing away aches in the deepest trenches and most hidden helipads. You'll depart the premises with your muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet.
Armed with an arsenal of professional products from Bumble and bumble and Kérastase, the scissor-savvy stylists at Bravo unstress distressed tresses and buttress them into bold new 'dos. Let one of the gracious glamour gurus guide you to a sleek styling station, where you'll sit back and feel your soul tingle as they massage the tension out of neck and shoulder sinews. You can also skip the massage and dive straight into a new haircut or color before training your face-caterpillars to obey your commands with an eyebrow waxing. Dudes in need of dappering, meanwhile, can have their brainboxes manscaped with a timeless trim or a more modern masculine coiffure.