Service: Express Manicure
Where it’s at: Lather Spa in New York
Who performs it: nail technician
Products used: hand crème, shea butter dry skin treatment, honey moisture masque, polish and the standard manicure tools and products
Length of service: 30 minutes
Average sold: 300
Why it’s the best: While Lather cuts out all the extra massage techniques to pare the service down to 30 minutes, it doesn’t skimp on the special touches. “It’s a fantastic service that still incorporates our most popular products, and we offer complimentary wine or champagne,” says Melendrez. “Our clients relax in our custom stations, which feature personal DVD players that play the selection the client chooses from our DVD library.”
Best Standout Service
While some spas focus on being all things to all people, others distinguish themselves with an expertise in a specific area. While they still offer the spa basics, their clients are drawn to them for what they offer that others can’t.
Service: Fatburner Wrap
Where it’s at: Suddenly Slimmer Wellness Center and Day Spa in Phoenix, Arizona
Menu description: This wrap is designed to target “hard fat/resistant fat areas” such as hips and thighs. During this wrap you are wrapped with ace bandages soaked in an enzyme that helps to break down fat (lipo). After 30 minutes, we unwrap and then wrap you in the mineral solution for 30 minutes, which will help to remove toxins. You can lose 6 to 30 inches with the fat burner body wrap.
Products used: lipase enzyme, mineral solution, ace bandages, impact gel
Length of service: Two hours
Average sold: 80 per month
Why it’s the best: Spa director Jeannie Gard says the spa has been performing the wraps for more than a decade, and has collected hundreds of pages of testimonials from satisfied clients along the way. “This is a wrap that slenderizes without dehydrating the body—and there’s a science to the way our technicians wrap the body that can specifically target problem areas,” says Gard. “The technicians measure the clients before and following the service, and the spa offers a guarantee—we promise female clients that they’ll see six inches of reduction and men four inches.
“We live in a society where we are oriented by instant gratification. We want a nicely toned body and we want to see results,” says Gard. “We definitely advocate a healthy diet and exercise. But, when a client starts a weight loss program and is discouraged by the lack of results, this service can offer a boost of encouragement and motivate them to get back in the gym.”