Put These 7 Unique Spas and Salons on Your Summer Travel List
While a glass of champagne with your blowout can be an extra treat at most salons and spas, there are a few that go the extra mile with truly creative services—and we're not talking about a free manicure thrown in. From hair salon and flower studio hybrids, to spas that will custom-blend a perfect foundation match for you, keep reading to find out more about seven salons and spas around the world that offer up a unique extra element. Combined with their innovative treatments, we'd make a trip for the experience alone.
1. Patrick Melville Salon’s In-House Psychic, New York
As if a cut from the famed Patrick Melville or flawless color by Rick Wellman aren't reason enough to hit up Melville's salon—located in the heart of New York City's Rockefeller Center—we predict that a psychic reading by Vanessa Facciola will make the trip an extra-insightful treat. As you're letting your color set in, swing by her station for a 30-minute reading to see what the cards have in store for you. Facciola will begin by giving you a general reading, outlining your past, present, and what is to come, and can give you the lowdown on a specific person in your life just by being told their hair color. You'll also have the opportunity to have three of your most-pressing questions answered by the pro, so choose wisely. Who knew getting a hair makeover could be so Raven?
2. A Salon and Flower Studio Hybrid at Fleuremedy, New York
In one of the most unique concepts we've seen yet, Fleuremedy merges the beautiful worlds of floral design and haircare into one chic Upper East Side salon. Celebrity hairstylist Richard Stein, who was a mentee to Vidal Sassoon, will tend to your strands with gorgeous cuts and multi-dimensional color, and you can even pick up a bouquet from flower pro Lauren Farrell on your way out! Farrell also does weddings and special events, so brides-to-be take note: Fleuremedy may be the answer to a few of your planning needs. The salon also boasts an in-house line of products, which are formulated using natural flower essences, allowing you to revisit the experience every time you lather up.
There's nothing like a blowout to take the edge off of a long day, but just in case you need to look extra rested, the Blowtox Salon in Palm Beach, Fla., has you covered. In addition to the blow-dry bar's menu of styles, the salon also offers airbrush tanning, eyebrow shaping, and yes, Botox. "The concept of Blowtox is to address your complete beauty desires in a one-stop shop," co-owner Lesley Keenan tells us. "We want customers to leave feeling beautiful from the inside out." Blowtox has a board-certified physician assistant to conduct the procedures, so you're in good hands, and you can get a free consultation to see if either Botox, Juvederm, or Voluma will be right for you. If injectables aren't your thing, one of the effortless down or updos from the salon's lookbook will be!
4. Custom-Blended Foundation at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, Nationwide
One of the coveted facials from Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spas will certainly get you glowing, and what better way to complement that glow than with a bottle of tailor-made foundation? After your treatment, make sure to swing by the spa's makeup bar, where one of Arden's pros will use an innovative skin tool to analyze your undertones and pigment levels. You can also customize your foundation based on your coverage preferences, and adjust the amount of mattifyers and moisturizers used in the formula to address your complexion's specific needs. You'll be sent home with a 1-oz. bottle of your bespoke product ($59), and all of your results will be saved in the system for whenever you need a top-up.
Calling all busy moms: Go ahead and cancel the sitter, because your wish of getting a day of beauty indulgence while your child is entertained has just been answered. Located in the Yarraville area of Melbourne, Pampered Mummies is a full-service salon and spa that also ensures your little one has just as much fun as you do. Your son or daughter will be treated to rhythym and movement classes, as well as arts and crafts activities while you get a facial, highlights, haircut, or all of the above! Even better, the salon can host children's birthday parties, meaning you and the rest of the chaperones can get some TLC as the presents are opened.
6. Couture Color at fUSION Color Bar, Yorktown, N.Y.
Eager to shift your shade? Look no further than Westchester's fUSION Color Bar, which takes a unique approach to the art of hair color. In terms of highlights and double-processing, many claim you get what you pay for, but fUSION is the exception—their wallet-friendly prices start at $45, and you'll get a full consultation with one of the pro colorists, and if you don't have time for the treatments, an expert can custom-blend a DIY kit for you to take home and apply at your own convenience. Vegan detox options are also offered in case your strands are in need of a little mending, and since the salon operates on a walk-in only basis, you can drop by whenever you have a moment for a touch up, quick change, or some corrective help after a botched job—no judgement!
If you really want to get away, why not retreat to your own private island spa? No, you don't have to be an A-list celebrity to get the luxe treatment, thanks to Amsterdam's Floating Gardens/Spa Wellness center. While the spa is still in its conceptual phase and was exhibited back in 2010 for a few weeks, we're keeping our fingers crossed that Floating Gardens/Spa Wellness becomes a reality sooner than later so we can take full advantage of the center's treatments, as well as the saunas and healing baths. The retreat truly lives up to its "Floating Gardens" moniker, and will be eco-friendly to boot, as the island is built on recycled polystyrene and uses sustainable materials for the interior. The spa is the brainchild of Studio Noach, a Dutch architecture firm, Anne Holtrop, and botanist Patrick Blanc, who designs vertical gardens and living walls. The center will boast major benefits for wildlife in the area, as the abundance of greenery is expected to be perfect living space for birds, insects, and butterflies.