Squares of sunlight filter into Wild Hare Salon & Spa through floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating black salon chairs resting on a tan floor of the 6,500-square-foot studio. For the past 25 years Wild Hare stylists have cut, color, and smoothed out frizzy strands with a special ventilation system and OHSA-approved formulas, while clients gaze outside at a serene lake or glance into a free standing mirror which lets them check the progress. In addition to hair services, the skilled staff also offer mani-pedis, waxing treatments, and facials. Yet no matter the service they are performing, seven days a week the multi-national staff of 45-plus employees is dedicated to giving clients a relaxing, positive experience that results in a transformed look.
A short walk from Hillsborough Bay, Alternatives in Healthcare pampers muscles with 14 different types of massage. In the comfort of a private room, a skilled massage therapist can relieve tension with flowing Swedish strokes and aromatherapy oils or sideline chronic aches with firm deep-tissue techniques. Alternatives in Healthcare also performs restorative reiki treatments for clients with clogged energy channels and couples massages for superheroes seeking amends with their evil nemeses.
The Europa Medi Spa's staff includes a medical doctor who performs aesthetic services and employs the 100% vegan line Nayked Botanicals to render a more effective natural treatment than rubbing clients' faces in organic lettuce. Nail technicians pamper fingers and toes with manicures and pedicures and soften skin with paraffin dips, and massage therapists relieve stress and release muscle knots with hot lava stones and aromatherapy. The menu of services also presents anti-aging treatments, such as the signature 24-karat-gold facial, which covers faces in wrinkle-fighting gold-infused masks inspired by recently uncovered photos of King Midas pinching his own cheeks.
B-tan Tanning Salons have a sleek, modern look that starts immediately in the reception area. There, modern chairs, a streamlined reception desk, and a flat-screen television foreshadow the 15 pieces of advanced tanning equipment waiting out of sight. These stainless-steel booths wrap around clients to evenly bronze with nonacrylic bulbs that, like the most ineffective beach umbrellas, let as much light as possible hit the skin. The beds and booths also keep UVB rays to a minimum, reducing the chances of burns. Yet clients can forgo UV altogether with spray tans from the Mystic Tan booth, which lets clients customize their shade and reap a beach-worthy glow in just 60 seconds.
Doctor of Chiropractic Lance Wald has integrated acupuncture and nutrition into his practice at Deerfield Health and Wellness Center since opening its doors in 2000. Dr. Wald earned his degree at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, thereafter developing what he calls a "structural" approach to health. Balancing a patient's diet and energy complements a traditional approach to pathology, in which palpation, x-rays, and biting criticism from the doctor's mother-in-law quickly reveal old wounds that may be healed with adjustments and massage therapy. He and his team use this system to alleviate symptoms and set up maintenance plans for long-term health. In addition to his focus on holistic care, Dr. Wald specializes in relieving injuries from car accidents and athletics.
Ani Miryala started learning ancient-Indian skincare techniques at an age when most people think "acne" is the misspelling of a Road-Runner plot. Surrounded by uncles who were practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, Miryala immersed herself in the noninvasive organic methods taught at the family beauty school, eventually opening a spa with her three sisters. As Kate Hamilton of Skin Inc. magazine reported in 2008, Miryala now owns one of the largest female-operated companies in southern India and has brought time-honored Indian traditions to the United States at Anoo's Herbal Day Spa and a dozen other locations worldwide.
The aesthetician and published author has amassed a team of licensed specialists that rejuvenates minds and bodies with chemical-free treatments. Hair-removal technicians refine 80–120 eyebrows per day with signature threading services, leaving behind more clearly defined arches than a freshly poured sidewalk. Pesticide-free fruits and vegetables nourish skin during Indian facials, and natural peels and herbal-microdermabrasion techniques leave faces smooth and glowing. To combat stress, the crew massages muscles with an ancient herbal-wheat-dough method that turns muscles into soft, buttery loaves of relaxation.
The Beauty Spot’s European-trained aestheticians refresh faces with a bevy of beautifying treatments, ensuring customers look exponentially more radiant during sidewalk strolls and smiling glances. A 60-minute European facial ($90 value) infuses an array of rejuvenating agents deep into pores to empty pockets of dirt. A restoring exfoliation pulls back a curtain of dulled dermis to reveal a fresh new face, while an extraction shoos away blackheads, whiteheads, and Deadheads jamming beneath the skin. The facial then ends with a massage. The 30-minute microdermabrasion ($90 value) bids further farewell to dull, dying skin with a noninvasive resurfacing treatment that reduces large pores and diminishes fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and remnants from face-first interstellar trips through asteroid belts. Treatments also help diminish hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, and age spots.