Spa Spying

Is there any time in the calendar year more deserving of some self-pampering than the summer? First, one has to conquer the New Orleans heat. Add in a little humidity and the dreaded frizz and sweat duo start to make an appearance before you even arrive at work in the morning. Summer also means the kids are out of school for a few months. Everyone’s super-parent abilities multiply when keeping the kiddos organized between camp, music lessons, summer tutoring, play dates and other numerous activities that never seem to end.

For all those that need a break, whether it be a quick 30-minute Keratine treatment or full day of relaxation, here’s our annual guide featuring some of our favorite spas and salons around the city. Pamper yourself!

The Roosevelt New Orleans combines luxury with beauty at the Guerlain Spa located in the hotel. One of only three locations in the country, the Guerlain Spa at The Roosevelt New Orleans (123 Baronne St., 648-1200,, offers a full line of spa services using products from the famed Paris perfume and cosmetic house. Treat yourself to total body relaxation and rejuvenation with the Waldorf Impériale.

This two-hour therapy service offers a massage and facial to stimulate all your senses. While enjoying pleasurable scents and sounds, the technician will use top-of-the-line products from Guerlain’s age-defying skincare line, Orchidée Impériale.

If you want to concentrate more on your face, The Complete Facial is for you. This 90-minute procedure revives devitalized skin. The facial massage deep cleanses and uses active skincare concentrates and masks to round off the service. Both services can be followed by a makeup application using Guerlain’s delicately enhancing products with fragrance and texture designed to make every woman glow. Customers who make appointments Monday through Thursday will receive a “Locals Discount” of 20 percent.

The battle of the frizz takes center stage every summer due to the Crescent City’s humidity. Uptown’s newest transport, Hair Loft (5300 Tchoupitoulas St., F-4, Riverside Market, 895-2911,, can help by offering a Keratine treatment for your hair, and all of the salon’s stylists are certified for this process. For those on the go, one can get the express process, which takes 30 to 45 minutes from shampoo to flat iron. The express treatment can last four to six weeks, while the regular process last four to six months. Keratine treatments can also be combined with coloring and other chemical service. The salon also carries Kérastase including its “Sun Exposed” line that protects hair from salt-water and chlorine. The Hair Loft has been in the business for more than 30 years, but is new to the Uptown area.

Also using the Kérastase products, Studio E (819 Canal St., 525-3096, customizes a wide-range of treatments for each customer’s hair type and condition. Science and technology come together at this salon for services that can help texturize, decrease volume, lock-in hair coloring, decrease frizz and more. “The days of one specific hair treatment for everybody are over,” says owner Earl Joyner. “It’s more like skincare for hair.” In addition to Kérastase products and services, the salon also uses ammonia-free Inoa for hair coloring.

Men are also welcomed at the salon with Studio E’s scalp treatment for men. The line of products can help with oily hair and increase density. Now through August, mention this article and receive a free deluxe masque with the purchase of any service. During the masque, a Micro Mister uses water to diffuse a conditioning treatment throughout the hair. The salon also offers validated valet parking at the nearby Chateau Bourbon Hotel, wine or drinks during service, and “there’s never an old magazine in the place,” Joyner says.

For those looking for a summer glow that doesn’t involve sweat, try Spa Reyna’s (5221 Magazine St., 899-4171, fruit enzyme peel. This service takes off the dead layer of skin to reveal a nice, natural glow. This process allows for more hydration of the skin, important for the summer heat. Every facial at the spa is customized to match specific needs using products from DermaQuest. Aesthetician Tracy Brenes is also certified to work on cancer patients of all stages with doctor’s approval. The extra training allows Brenes to provide a safe environment and to know how they will react to certain products.

Another unique service the spa offers is massage cupping. Described as a “massage in reverse,” the cups are lit on fire and the smoke creates suction. Then the cups are moved around, which pulls up on the skin to break up tense areas and soften tissue. The massage does leave temporary markings, but these fade after time. This deep tissue process can be booked for 50, 80 or 110 minutes.

Spa Isbell’s (1245 Magazine St., 595-5009, “European Rose Mud” is a great treatment for the summer time. The two-hour treatment relaxes and hydrates the skin. “A lot of people get this before they go on vacation because it acts as an exfoliate and moisturizer,” says Angela Isbell. The service involves a body wrap where rose clay, containing apricot and wheat amino acids, dries on the skin, followed by a shower to remove the dead cells. “It’s like a clay masque for the body,” she says.

In addition to the body treatments, the full-service day spa offers an array of other fine treatments from massages to facials to manicures and pedicures. The three-story location also specializes in complete makeovers for individuals to wedding parties. Different packages and gift services are available.

The staff at Le Visage Day Spa (8110 Hampson St., 265-8018) takes time to treat each customer’s specific problems, for example blemishes, dry and oily skin, dull skin, etc., but will also look at the skin, body and lifestyle holistically. Each facial is personalized to figure out the needs of the day. “Our focus is on targeting the problem, not just with topical products, but also with a deep inside analysis with recommendations,” co-owner Marlen Almendares says. The staff will consult on beauty buys from area stores like Walgreens and Whole Foods, and on lifestyle choices, such as drinking more water. The goal of the spa is to have everyone look better by treating for the short-term and long-term.

The full-service spa specializes in facial rejuvenation using the Age Intervention Regeneration line from Jan Marini skin care. These topical agents boost the skin’s ability to repair damage and prevent certain inflammatory actions.

Products like Vitamin C-Esta Serum improves muscle tone to reduce the appearance of fine lines. The brand’s popular Age Intervention Regeneration Facial treats sun damage, fine lines, texture and more. By combining a group of products, from cleanser to sunscreen, the facial provides immediate skin resurfacing
and rejuvenation.

If you don’t have time to make it to the spa, stop by Tisa Beauty Bar on Magazine Street. (5421 Magazine St., 891-8992). Sharing space with Angelique Shoe, professional make-up artist Tisa Camet offers great beauty products for every occasion. For the summer, Camet recommends purchasing True Cosmetics refining body cleaner and the active body peel. The non-oil based scrub and peel removes old, dehydrated skin and speeds up cell renewal. Another great product is Moroccanoil for hair. Not only does the oil nourish the hair, but it also acts as an SPF and protects hair from the sun, even on the beach. In addition to make-up application and cosmetics, Tisa also specializes in brow shaping and airbrush tanning.

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