For more than 30 years, patrons have augmented their skin's natural color with tanning services at Sunshine Tan. Six levels of UV beds range from gentle to intense—regular beds build base tans, whereas turbo beds catalyze the deepest possible color by encouraging melanin with inspirational speeches. As an alternative to UV tanning, the company offers three sunless options: VersaSpa, Mystic Tan, and Infinity Sun airbrush tanning. Among these options, Mystic Tan booths dispense a bronzer with polarized particles that adhere to the skin's natural magnetic properties and thereby prevent streaks.
Cindy German-Day, Nuance Skin Boutique's master cosmetologist, has more than 25 years of skincare experience, so it's no surprise that she's been asked to share her knowledge as the aesthetics instructor at Athens Technical College. When she's not busy teaching, she's providing her clients with skincare services that emphasize a clinical approach: microdermabrasion, natural skin peels, and European facials. Her center also carries such cosmeceutical lines as Image Skincare and Agera Laboratories so that clients can continue caring for their skin at home or inside a locked chifforobe.
In a styling area dotted with lime accents and filled with Paul Mitchell products, a team including master cosmetologists Beth Emery and Jessica Mathis calls upon specialized techniques to create custom hairstyles. The stylists color locks to reinvent appearances and shape them with techniques developed by international stylist Wayne Grund. The staff frequently attends classes and workshops to stay abreast of trendy styles and industry innovations, such as new products or techniques for taming hyperevolved cowlicks.
Silver Sun Tan's variety of UV- and sunless-tanning equipment earned it the title of No. 1 Tanning Salon in the Athens Banner-Herald's 2013 Best of Athens Readers’ Choice awards. Certified staffers point patrons to traditional beds or the open design of the high-pressure SunBoard XTT system, which allows tanners to move limbs freely or practice levitating, and Mystic Tans as a UV-free option. The team also enhances self-confidence with the InShapeMD doctor-guided medical weight-loss program.
City Salon & Spa enhances beauty with a full range of more than 20 academy-trained stylists, massage technicians, and aestheticians. With the blow-dry and style (a $45 value), the stalwart stylistas wield their arsenal of hair-harnessing tools to artfully arrange clients’ coifs. Weary digits will enjoy a renewal hand treatment, which polishes away dead cells and tickle-prone barnacles, and smothers skin in a warm, antioxidant-rich repairing mask (a $15 value). A massage with warm oil ousts any remaining tension from all thumb-nook and wrist-valley colonies.
The Artisan Hair Salon's originator and chief tress-tamer, Marie Clark, whips feral manes into well-mannered coifs with attentive, personalized care. Inside a one-chair emporium of style, she utilizes more than 12 years of pate-pleasing practice to sculpt accentuating face-frames in fashions both classic and contemporary. Surrender locks to her skilled scissors and relax while well-aimed snips leave hair as sleek and brilliant as Einstein on a moped. Stressed men will enjoy the scalp massage, which melts away tension and clears minds of excess Golden Girls quotes, while women can edit Mother Nature's palette selection with a color glaze. Due to limited salon space, call ahead to avoid long waits.