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At Sassi Nail and Tanning Lounge, men, women, and teens address beauty and grooming needs with an extensive selection of spa treatments. Custom facials appease individual skin quirks, and six types of massage employ hot stones and deep-tissue techniques to extract tension acquired from giving piggyback rides to lazy shadows. Freshly pampered bodies can imbibe a bronzy glow from spray or UV tanning, and nail techs shape up both natural and artificial nails.

470 Portage Lakes Dr
Akron,
OH
US

Established: 2011

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular service: Gel (Shellac Manicure)

Brands Used: O.P.I Shellac, Gelish, CND

Pro Tip: It's always better to book an appointment in advance.

Telia Anderson, owner of Pink Door Nail & Facial Spa, has been beautifying clients for more than 12 years, though she only opened her own studio a couple of years ago. "I've been doing nails since I was 14," she says. "My hobby turned into my career." She still loves to give a straighforward manicure, citing the service as her favorite part about her job. In addition to shaping and buffing nails, she finishes off her services with a variety of polishes, from durable gels to artificial acrylic sets that add length, colors, and patterns to fingers.

102 Western Ave
Akron,
OH
US

A full-service, upscale salon dedicated to beautifying Cuyahoga Falls residents, Salon Head 2 Toe employs an experienced, six woman-strong crew of stylists and tanning technicians. A large selection of services allows stylists to mine the skin, hair, and nails for natural prettiness reserves, shaping and coloring coiffures or decorating digits with manicures and pedicures. Airbrush tans allow patrons to avoid lying in the sun all day or duct-taping themselves to stadium lights, and waxing sessions remove errant hairs. The team’s friendly, professional habits ensure personable styling sessions, and a selection of tea, coffee, wine, and snacks helps clients relax and unwind while their body is in the shop. Elegant wood accents complement lush green plants and an interior packed with densely cushioned black leather seating.

1714 Portage Trl
Cuyahoga Falls,
OH
US

To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

3265 W Market St.
Akron,
OH
US

The stylists and aestheticians at Bella Bronze Hair Salon and Tanning Studios strive to create a friendly, upbeat environment for clients who drop in for transformative beauty jaunts. Hair gets a time-out as stylists deftly cut or color it, drawing on their continuing education in the latest techniques as they transform coiffures to clients’ specifications. A nail technician stains talons with salon-caliber acrylics or OPI gels and other services to keep hands looking their best. The salon’s facials and peels rejuvenate all types of skin, which can also darken to a sun-kissed bronze in onsite tanning beds from brands such as Ergoline and Wolff. The SolarForce booth lets guests stay upright while gilding, and VersaSpa spray tanning evades both UV rays and beaches’ suit-snatching tidal waves while turning limbs a glowing copper.

1486 N Portage Path
Akron,
OH
US

The stylists and cosmetologists at Studio CEO travel the country attending seminars and trade shows to stay on top of industry trends, a practice that helped the studio to earn nominations for best hair salon and hair color on Fox 8's Hot List. The studio arms its staff with products from top brands, as stylists transform 'dos with Goldwell hair color, and techs spruce up paws with OPI’s UV-cured Shellac and Axxium gel keratin covers. The salon and spa also carries hair-centric brands ranging from Moroccanoil and Bumble and bumble to Keratin Complex by Coppola, so that clients don’t have to maintain shiny locks by sticking their heads under automatic shoe buffers.

77 N Miller Rd.
Fairlawn,
OH
US