The vibrant pink and yellow walls of Hair Ambition not only create a bright and sunny atmosphere, but they also reflect the cheerful personalities of each technician on staff. The salon's stylists include owner Crystal, who boasts 10 years of experience in the industry, and she leads her team in transforming clients’ manes with Matrix color and Keratin Complex by Coppola hair-straightening treatments. Diana, the salon's resident aesthetician, performs custom-tailored facials to keep complexions healthy and glowing brighter than a child prodigy born with sequined skin.
Part of a national chain featured on E!, LA Sunset Tan boasts a legion of Smart Tan–certified staff members who help clients select the perfect UV or UV-free options to give their skin a sun-kissed glow. Amid metallic décor and purple-hued walls, the tanning experts lead each customer into private rooms with standup or lie-down beds, aromatherapy, and iPod plug-ins so tanners can listen to their favorite prerecorded static. Spray-tan artists wield airbrushes to accent muscular lines in one of eight custom shades.
Although the decor of many tanning salons takes inspiration from the beach, Euro Tans' waiting room speaks to an elegant spa experience. Upon stepping into the beauty haven, customers are greeted by marble tile, white-leather couches, and Grecian columns framing the entrance to the tanning area. Within, clients bronze their skin via tanning beds and booths, Mystic and airbrush tanning, and solar flares sealed inside of mason jars. Apart from tanning, the Clifton location offers waxing services for both men and women using hard-wax systems made to improve comfort during waxing. The spa also provides relaxing facials for clients seeking to unwind.
Though only one accent wall drenched in lilac disrupts Paris Skin Care Center of Hoboken’s all-white décor, you won’t be missing color. It appears within the kaleidoscopic palettes at the cosmetics counter, manned by professional makeup artist and owner, Sofia. Using both airbrush and traditional techniques, she makes eyes pop with shadow, gives lips a glossy sheen, and contours cheekbones worthy of a ventriloquist’s dummy—all while masking blemishes. Semi-permanent lash extensions, in either basic or dramatic styles, complete freshly made faces. And though makeup is Sofia’s forte, clients will also want to check out her other spa services. She uses an extra-gentle blend of beeswax and cotton-oil, for example, to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs during full-body waxes, and shoos away stress and muscle pain with deep-tissue and aromatherapy massages.
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