Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
Inside Extreme Sun Capsule, customers can easily get a sun-kissed glow in UV tanning beds that span multiple levels of intensity, including 15-minute magnum beds. Unlike low-pressure tanning beds, which require 10-15 visits for a base tan, high-pressure beds save time by only requiring 3-4 sessions that last approximately 12 minutes each. The 360-degree UVA high-pressure bulbs used in each bed's open design also help to decrease the risk of burn in a comfortable space. The salon offers spray tanning, too, in Mystic Tan booths that deliver a custom glow in minutes. After sessions, a cornucopia of lotions helps customers prolong the life of their tan.
Muscle kneader Toveh Zaifert knows that every one of her clients is different. That's why each of her massages is different as well. A graduate of the New York Institute of Massage, Toveh specializes in the customization of her treatments to fit each individual's needs. When she begins a treatment, she'll ask if there are any specific aches, pains, or fears of cowbells she can help allay. Clients then can also choose whether they'd like soothing music played or prefer the serenity of silence. Toveh has trained in a number of massage modalities and is particularly skilled at Swedish, deep-tissue, and medical massage.
Allentan Salon helps clients achieve the bronzed look they desire within a comfortable and controlled setting. The studio caters to individuals by offering sessions in a number of beds?from basic models with 32 body bulbs to advanced units with 54 reflector lamps, which both work better than thousands of glow-in-the-dark stickers. To ensure that these beds constantly operate at peak efficiency, staff members routinely replace bulbs with fresh ones, recycling the used ones rather than simply throwing them away. Allentan Salon also indulges patrons with facials, body wraps, and massages.
Not only do Good to Glow’s tanning artists mist clients in a natural-looking golden hue, they do it with an all-natural, organic solution. It’s also gluten- and paraben-free, while their signature, skin-nourishing Glam Tans can also help fight signs of aging or create slimmer appearances. Besides coating figures in-studio, the team hosts on-site spray tanning parties, as well, replete with champagne and rock candy, ideal for bridal showers and private parties.
Brothers Richard and Philip Samuel operate Maximum Tan, pitching in daily to maintain four levels of tanning equipment at seven salons. A computer system monitors the freshness of lamps in every lie-down and standup UV bed, tracking each bulb's hours so that it can be changed before the standard recommended time. The employees, who are trained in skincare, tanning hygiene, and equipment operation, can bronze bodies with custom airbrush tans or escort guests to self-operated VersaSpa booths. Each store is kept cool so that customers can stay comfortable after tanning sessions or long days babysitting electric blankets.