The aestheticians at Skincare at Melange Hair Studio slather Sircuit Cosmeceuticals and Dermalogica products onto mugs in the pursuit of better-looking skin. They also slough off retired skin cells with a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand, wax brows into shapely arches, and tint lashes to match clients’ favorite sports-team colors.
Amid the cozy decor of Salon Deon, expert stylist Kristal Perry can engineer bold highlights, condition the scalp, or sew in an elegant weave to flatter a client's features. Though she specializes in ethnic hair, Kristal styles coifs of every length and texture. Once their hair has been styled, clients can dip their toes into the salon's other beautification services, such as lash extensions that give eyes a more voluminous look without the mess of mascara.
Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams—comprised of at least two people—vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race–style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.