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.
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.
Decorated with leather sofas, flat-screen TVs, and The Godfather posters, ManCave for Men provides a masculine getaway, complete with complimentary glasses of cold draft beer. Expert barbers work exclusively with products designed for men, from brands such as The Art of Shaving and L’Oréal Professionnel Homme. Private massage sessions are also available to relieve pain and stress caused by work, injuries, and wresting picnic baskets away from greedy bears.
At Boca Beauty Academy, clients aren’t just getting pampered; they’re helping future beauty professionals hone their skills. At the waterfront campus, students take in thorough classroom instruction, then use what they've learned during hands-on hairstyling, massage, skincare, and nail treatments. Rather than absorbing knowledge in stuffy lecture halls or through uncomfortable naps on textbooks, the licensed vocational school lets students loose in a real salon replete with styling chairs, nail stations, and a spa treatment room, where their clients bask in low-cost indulgence with products from Matrix, OPI, Pevonia, and Biotone.