KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Botox
Kiss those wrinkles goodbye with Botox. A highly purified form of botulinum toxin A, Botox is injected in very small amounts into specific muscles and acts by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles to paralyze them. Many states stipulate that only medical doctors may administer Botox; some states allow registered nurses or physician’s assistants to deliver Botox with doctor supervision. In addition to using Botox for wrinkles, Botox has been proven to help with migraines and excessive sweating. Medical spas are generally a hybrid of a medical office and a day spa operated under a physician’s license and care. With treatments and products that are stronger, medical-grade or physician-strength, a medical spa is more about dramatic visible results and less about relaxing and pampering treatments, though many make an effort to combine the two, offering medical treatments in a spa-like environment. Be sure to ask questions of spa management before booking.
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Kiss those wrinkles goodbye with Botox. A highly purified form of botulinum toxin A, Botox is injected in very small amounts into specific muscles and acts by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles to paralyze them. Many states stipulate that only medical doctors may administer Botox; some states allow registered nurses or physician’s assistants to deliver Botox with doctor supervision. In addition to using Botox for wrinkles, Botox has been proven to help with migraines and excessive sweating. Medical spas are generally a hybrid of a medical office and a day spa operated under a physician’s license and care. With treatments and products that are stronger, medical-grade or physician-strength, a medical spa is more about dramatic visible results and less about relaxing and pampering treatments, though many make an effort to combine the two, offering medical treatments in a spa-like environment. Be sure to ask questions of spa management before booking.
Detox
Are you feeling sluggish or lacking energy? A detox might be just what you need. Benefits of a detox include: clearer skin, better sleep, a flatter stomach, less toxins, reduced stress and improved digestion. Whether you choose 3 days, or 3 weeks, a detox has the power to change your eating habits and cravings. While there are many benefits to undergoing a cleanse, during the actual program you may experience difficult symptoms. During the first few days of a juice cleanse, for example, you might feel accumulated toxins releasing from your body. Achy limbs, flu-like symptoms and hunger are very common side effects. To help you persevere through the first stages of a detox, we recommend that you drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses per day), and treat yourself to an indulgent bath each night. Fill the bath with Epsom salts or a few drops of essential oils to help draw the toxins out of your body and ease your aching limbs. Herbal teas also help. Treat yourself to a massage mid-way through or after your detox as a way to reward yourself for your efforts. The massage will also help draw toxins out of your body.
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Are you feeling sluggish or lacking energy? A detox might be just what you need. Benefits of a detox include: clearer skin, better sleep, a flatter stomach, less toxins, reduced stress and improved digestion. Whether you choose 3 days, or 3 weeks, a detox has the power to change your eating habits and cravings. While there are many benefits to undergoing a cleanse, during the actual program you may experience difficult symptoms. During the first few days of a juice cleanse, for example, you might feel accumulated toxins releasing from your body. Achy limbs, flu-like symptoms and hunger are very common side effects. To help you persevere through the first stages of a detox, we recommend that you drink lots of water (at least 8 glasses per day), and treat yourself to an indulgent bath each night. Fill the bath with Epsom salts or a few drops of essential oils to help draw the toxins out of your body and ease your aching limbs. Herbal teas also help. Treat yourself to a massage mid-way through or after your detox as a way to reward yourself for your efforts. The massage will also help draw toxins out of your body.
Facial
Making your dreams for beautiful, radiant skin come true is possible with a facial. Not only are facials necessary for maintaining healthy skin, they are also a wonderful way to relax during your day at the spa. This skin saving regimen may include a facial mask or two and is often customized to your specific skin type and skin concerns. Whether you have dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or normal skin, you can find a facial that is perfect for you. Facials give pores a much needed deep cleanse, while injecting nutrients and hydration back into the skin. Facials begin with a consultation between you and your esthetician to figure out exactly what your skin needs to look its best. Worried about extractions or exfoliation on your sensitive skin? Skip it! Lay back, relax, and prepare to look radiant. To learn more about facials of all types and what might be right for your skin, read Spafinder's guide to Which Facial is Right For Your Skin. To find a treatment provider near you or to get more information on treatment types, click one of the Facial Services on this page.
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Making your dreams for beautiful, radiant skin come true is possible with a facial. Not only are facials necessary for maintaining healthy skin, they are also a wonderful way to relax during your day at the spa. This skin saving regimen may include a facial mask or two and is often customized to your specific skin type and skin concerns. Whether you have dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or normal skin, you can find a facial that is perfect for you. Facials give pores a much needed deep cleanse, while injecting nutrients and hydration back into the skin. Facials begin with a consultation between you and your esthetician to figure out exactly what your skin needs to look its best. Worried about extractions or exfoliation on your sensitive skin? Skip it! Lay back, relax, and prepare to look radiant. To learn more about facials of all types and what might be right for your skin, read Spafinder's guide to Which Facial is Right For Your Skin. To find a treatment provider near you or to get more information on treatment types, click one of the Facial Services on this page.
Haircuts & Color
If you’re looking for a fabulous stylist to add some bold bangs or face-framing layers, Spafinder has a salon and stylist near you. Find the perfect master colorist to give you a natural balayage or a full-head of highlights and lowlights. Start here to find special offers in your area or review our comprehensive list of hair salon partners in your neighborhood looking to provide any hairstyle you may desire. Use these tips from Fabian Lliguin, famed hair stylist and founder of vegan hair care line, Rahua, to make the most of your next hair appointment:
  1. Do your research; find a reputable hair salon with an excellent training program.
  2. If your budget allows, make an appointment with the head stylist.
  3. Go au naturale. Come in with your hair dry and in its natural state. This helps the stylist see your “true hair” (wavy, straight, etc.) in order to determine the best cut for you.
  4. Be prompt! Arriving on time allows for a full consultation prior to the shampoo and cut. If you show up late, frequently you’re rushed straight to a sink.
  5. Don’t be shy. Ask the stylist questions during your consultation. Some top questions to keep in mind: is my hair suited for short hairstyles? Will this be easy to maintain? How will the natural hair growth process affect the look? Then, sit back and let the magic happen!
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If you’re looking for a fabulous stylist to add some bold bangs or face-framing layers, Spafinder has a salon and stylist near you. Find the perfect master colorist to give you a natural balayage or a full-head of highlights and lowlights. Start here to find special offers in your area or review our comprehensive list of hair salon partners in your neighborhood looking to provide any hairstyle you may desire. Use these tips from Fabian Lliguin, famed hair stylist and founder of vegan hair care line, Rahua, to make the most of your next hair appointment:
  1. Do your research; find a reputable hair salon with an excellent training program.
  2. If your budget allows, make an appointment with the head stylist.
  3. Go au naturale. Come in with your hair dry and in its natural state. This helps the stylist see your “true hair” (wavy, straight, etc.) in order to determine the best cut for you.
  4. Be prompt! Arriving on time allows for a full consultation prior to the shampoo and cut. If you show up late, frequently you’re rushed straight to a sink.
  5. Don’t be shy. Ask the stylist questions during your consultation. Some top questions to keep in mind: is my hair suited for short hairstyles? Will this be easy to maintain? How will the natural hair growth process affect the look? Then, sit back and let the magic happen!
Blow Dry Bars
Once a week or once a month, stopping in at your local blow-dry bar is an affordable indulgence. When time is short, these pro hair stylists provide convenience whether you need a solo service, or have multiple maids needing bridal party prep. Ask for the “flat iron curl” (lasts for days) or an Oscar-worthy updo with extensions. Here are some tips to get the best out of your blow dry bar experience:
  1. If you know the look you are "blow-ing" for, bring a photo. This will help the stylist and speed up your service.
  2. Speak up if you don’t like hairspray or other styling products. Depending on your hair type they may not be necessary. We’ve tested the flat iron curling technique and it can last up to two days… sans spray!
  3. If booking a group (hello wedding), be sure to do so well in advance. And take note that some blow-dry bars can even set up shop at your home, hotel or other location.
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Once a week or once a month, stopping in at your local blow-dry bar is an affordable indulgence. When time is short, these pro hair stylists provide convenience whether you need a solo service, or have multiple maids needing bridal party prep. Ask for the “flat iron curl” (lasts for days) or an Oscar-worthy updo with extensions. Here are some tips to get the best out of your blow dry bar experience:
  1. If you know the look you are "blow-ing" for, bring a photo. This will help the stylist and speed up your service.
  2. Speak up if you don’t like hairspray or other styling products. Depending on your hair type they may not be necessary. We’ve tested the flat iron curling technique and it can last up to two days… sans spray!
  3. If booking a group (hello wedding), be sure to do so well in advance. And take note that some blow-dry bars can even set up shop at your home, hotel or other location.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal treatments offer semi-permanent reduction of hair growth by using laser light to target the melanin in hair follicles. It’s important to remember the procedure is most effective on fair-skinned candidates with dark hair. This long-lasting method of hair removal, known as laser hair removal or IPL removal, destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding skin. Does laser hair removal work? It can take up to six sessions to garner desired results, but results can be permanent. Anticipate a larger bill than with other hair removal treatments, but keep in mind that the pros will far outweigh the cons. A handheld device sends a pulsed light to the skin and destroys the hair follicle. Within two weeks following treatment, hair will begin to fall out. You may require up to six sessions, spaced out in monthly intervals, in order to get optimal results since hair is always growing in different stages. Those with dark hair and light skin are prime candidates since the laser seeks out darkness. Thicker hair type tends to lead to more pain; numbing creams can be used to ease the pain.
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Laser hair removal treatments offer semi-permanent reduction of hair growth by using laser light to target the melanin in hair follicles. It’s important to remember the procedure is most effective on fair-skinned candidates with dark hair. This long-lasting method of hair removal, known as laser hair removal or IPL removal, destroys the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding skin. Does laser hair removal work? It can take up to six sessions to garner desired results, but results can be permanent. Anticipate a larger bill than with other hair removal treatments, but keep in mind that the pros will far outweigh the cons. A handheld device sends a pulsed light to the skin and destroys the hair follicle. Within two weeks following treatment, hair will begin to fall out. You may require up to six sessions, spaced out in monthly intervals, in order to get optimal results since hair is always growing in different stages. Those with dark hair and light skin are prime candidates since the laser seeks out darkness. Thicker hair type tends to lead to more pain; numbing creams can be used to ease the pain.
Manicure & Pedicure
With nail salon services ranging from gel, acrylics, paraffin dips, and nail art, there is something for everyone looking for a manicure or pedicure. Whether you just want a basic grooming and polish or want to go all out with 3D art and gradients, manicures are an affordable gift for everyone – including yourself! Mani-Pedis are a fantastic gift idea for anyone who needs a lot of relaxation but doesn’t have a lot of time. They help ensure healthy nails, hands, and feet and are a fun way to change up your look! First select your polish. Whether you select a gel or a regular polish is up to you. Gels last up to two weeks and require you to go back to the nail salon to have them soaked off properly. A regular manicure will last up to a week. During a manicure at your local nail salon, you should expect that your nails are soaked in warm water to soften the cuticle, shaped using sanitized cuticle nippers, filed into a shape you choose, and then polished. During a spa pedicure you should expect for your feet to also be soaked in warm water and nails to be cut and shaped. Your nail spa therapist will then use a pumice stone to buff away dry skin and follow up with an exfoliation and lotion massage of your feet and lower legs before toenails are polished. Many spa pedicures include a paraffin wax treatment where feet are dipped into melted paraffin wax in order to soften and moisturize the skin. Once the wax cools, it becomes hard and is wiped away. Remember to bring your flip flops!
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With nail salon services ranging from gel, acrylics, paraffin dips, and nail art, there is something for everyone looking for a manicure or pedicure. Whether you just want a basic grooming and polish or want to go all out with 3D art and gradients, manicures are an affordable gift for everyone – including yourself! Mani-Pedis are a fantastic gift idea for anyone who needs a lot of relaxation but doesn’t have a lot of time. They help ensure healthy nails, hands, and feet and are a fun way to change up your look! First select your polish. Whether you select a gel or a regular polish is up to you. Gels last up to two weeks and require you to go back to the nail salon to have them soaked off properly. A regular manicure will last up to a week. During a manicure at your local nail salon, you should expect that your nails are soaked in warm water to soften the cuticle, shaped using sanitized cuticle nippers, filed into a shape you choose, and then polished. During a spa pedicure you should expect for your feet to also be soaked in warm water and nails to be cut and shaped. Your nail spa therapist will then use a pumice stone to buff away dry skin and follow up with an exfoliation and lotion massage of your feet and lower legs before toenails are polished. Many spa pedicures include a paraffin wax treatment where feet are dipped into melted paraffin wax in order to soften and moisturize the skin. Once the wax cools, it becomes hard and is wiped away. Remember to bring your flip flops!
Massage
Whether you’re just getting started with a Swedish massage or reflexology, enjoying a romantic couple’s massage for two, or healing your body with a sports massage, Spafinder's listings include quality providers with endless modalities and customizations at a spa or wellness locations near you. If you’re going to unwind or you want to work out stubborn kinks, make sure you find the right massage for your needs. Often the massage therapist will customize treatments to address any concerns you may have and to make the massage perfect for you. Wear what feels comfortable to get the most out of your experience and be sure to speak up about what feels good and what doesn’t - this experience is all about you! To help you find the massage that fits your specific needs, read Spafinder's guide to Which Massage is Right For You?
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Whether you’re just getting started with a Swedish massage or reflexology, enjoying a romantic couple’s massage for two, or healing your body with a sports massage, Spafinder's listings include quality providers with endless modalities and customizations at a spa or wellness locations near you. If you’re going to unwind or you want to work out stubborn kinks, make sure you find the right massage for your needs. Often the massage therapist will customize treatments to address any concerns you may have and to make the massage perfect for you. Wear what feels comfortable to get the most out of your experience and be sure to speak up about what feels good and what doesn’t - this experience is all about you! To help you find the massage that fits your specific needs, read Spafinder's guide to Which Massage is Right For You?
Waxing
Waxing is a longer-lasting alternative to shaving for those looking for a hair removal option. The process involves the use of strip wax and hard wax to pull and remove hair from the root. Whether you choose Brazilian waxing, body waxing, eyebrow waxing, or upper-lip waxing, you can expect results to last from two to eight weeks. Where shaving removes just the surface of the hair, leaving the follicle, waxing removes the hair from the root, leaving skin more smooth and hairless much longer. Over time, hair grows back lighter and finer, making the process less painful. To start, the area that will be waxed will be cleaned and disinfected. Soft wax, used for larger areas, is applied thinly and removed with paper or muslin strips. Hard wax, used on smaller areas such as the bikini zone and face, is applied thickly and allowed to dry before the aesthetician removes it. Wax is always removed in the direction opposite the hair growth. After the area is clean of wax residue, a cream is applied. The entire hair follicle should be seen on the strip if done correctly. For those with sensitive skin, waxing can be painful. If you are worried about the pain factor, take two Advil prior to your appointment. You should also exfoliate your skin the day before and avoid using lotions the day of your wax.
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Waxing is a longer-lasting alternative to shaving for those looking for a hair removal option. The process involves the use of strip wax and hard wax to pull and remove hair from the root. Whether you choose Brazilian waxing, body waxing, eyebrow waxing, or upper-lip waxing, you can expect results to last from two to eight weeks. Where shaving removes just the surface of the hair, leaving the follicle, waxing removes the hair from the root, leaving skin more smooth and hairless much longer. Over time, hair grows back lighter and finer, making the process less painful. To start, the area that will be waxed will be cleaned and disinfected. Soft wax, used for larger areas, is applied thinly and removed with paper or muslin strips. Hard wax, used on smaller areas such as the bikini zone and face, is applied thickly and allowed to dry before the aesthetician removes it. Wax is always removed in the direction opposite the hair growth. After the area is clean of wax residue, a cream is applied. The entire hair follicle should be seen on the strip if done correctly. For those with sensitive skin, waxing can be painful. If you are worried about the pain factor, take two Advil prior to your appointment. You should also exfoliate your skin the day before and avoid using lotions the day of your wax.