Since 1996, the staff at The Sun Oasis Tanning Center has cultivated radiant skin through light therapy and a collection of skincare products. The team members have earned certifications from the American Tanning Institute, which enables them to offer visitors five levels of UV tanning and explain how different types of light can infuse tans with red, gold, or political undertones. Each staff member also bears a certification in Norvell spray tanning, and can reveal the chemical alchemy behind a sunless glow as they airbrush on bronzer. The center stocks lotions to develop and deepen color—such as paraben-free tonics from Swedish Beauty and the aloe-enriched Love DS line from Designer Skin—as well as makeup and products for general skin maintenance. During the winter, the staff welcomes guests to the center for an extra hour five days a week in response to shorter days and homes occupied by hibernating bears.
Breaking apart a ray of sunlight seems impossible, but at Beaches Tanning, the high-pressure Ultrabronz tanning beds do just that. Their patented bulbs and filters primarily project UVA rays, neutralizing most of the harsh UVB and UVC rays found in sunlight and dragon mouths. Outfitted with linen-draped mattresses, the beds produce even, natural-looking tans, as do the studio’s sunless spray tans. Airbrush technicians apply the tans by hand, misting Norvell tanning solution across the body in broad strokes that yield rich, balanced color.
Smart Tan–certified Image Sun staff uses of a free skin-type analysis to determine the best tanning methods for every customer's natural coloring. The trained staffers then suggest which of the salon’s four levels of tanning beds possess the intensity to achieve the client's desired hue without burning their skin or angering the other person who showed up wearing a lobster costume. For clients wary of UV rays, the salon's spray-tanning options equip skin with bronze hues that last up to seven days or potentially longer with the aid of Norvell self-tanner, moisturizer, and tan-extender products available for purchase. Also on the shelves, a variety of Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty tanning products infuse skin with natural botanicals that keep bodies softer than an alligator’s security blanket, and enhance tans’ lifespans.
The stylists at Violet’s Salon use Redken hair products to sculpt manes and layer or color locks. Staff members also supplement natural tresses with perms, straightening, or updos for weddings or sittings for a commemorative plate portrait. Clients can also enjoy spa services such glycolic-acid peels, Shellac manicures, and waxing.
In 1989, Glitz Salons' founder decided to open a salon with a philosophy rooted in working with others to make clients feel good. Twenty years later, the staff at Glitz Salons still mans their stations and lives out that goal. When not performing services such as haircuts and waxing, the crew at Glitz Salons gives back to its community by helping local high schools put on prom fashion shows and hosting fundraising events. A cohesive, supportive unit, the salons' stylists and aestheticians receive continuous encouragement to express their own creativity and implement innovative ideas into their workday. This freedom allows customers to reap the benefits of a staff that thinks outside the box, paints the box, then folds it into a mesmerizing mobile sculpture.
La Dolce Vita Spa fills its ranks with beauty specialists that combine their specialized expertise to devise a full-body menu of beautifying treatments. Hands and feet find renewal with a variety of therapies, from cooling dollops of spearmint scrub to the ache-melting warmth of hot stones. Ten facials cater to different complexions, with regimes that encourage elasticity with seaweed extract or calm active blemishes with sulfur masks. Meanwhile, stylists untangle tresses with shampoos and cuts, and spa therapists loosen muscles' fancy half-windsors with half- or full-hour massages.