Tanning beds are strictly outlawed within Sundrops. Instead, owner Laura Downing hires experienced technicians who expertly spritz skin with safe, high-quality tanning solution that results in a streak-free, natural glow, rather than orangey skin. After clients undress to their comfort level, the techs use a high-volume, low-pressure spray gun to mist skin, using extra caution around hands, feet, elbows, and knees to avoid over-darkening those areas.
Their tanning solution contains botanical extract, vitamin E, and green-tea extract, but the bronze comes from two sources. First, a cosmetic bronzer with natural pigment imparts immediate colour to help the technician see where the tan is landing and give skin an instant glow, which washes off after showering. The solution's active ingredient is DHA, which is derived from sugar beets and reacts with skin's top layer. The DHA tan begins to appear about four hours after appointments and fully develops for up to 12 hours, and lasts for 5–10 days, depending on which type of tan technicians apply. The spray tan itself takes about three minutes, and clients can easily get in and out within 15 minutes to resume comedic chase scenes without losing much ground.
A talented cast of stylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians stands at the ready beside the salon chairs and treatment stations that fill Turning Heads Hair & Skin Studio’s chic and elegant space. Soft blues and greys cover nearly every wall in the airy studio, evoking a natural setting somewhat at odds with the hyper-contemporary geometries of several diamond-shaped salon mirrors. This peculiar confluence of nature and cutting-edge fashion finds its reflection in the stylists themselves, all of whom call upon advanced Paul Mitchell formulas to cut locks into styles that stay in place but look effortless.
Sitting just outside the circles of cropped hair that surround the salon chairs, nail technicians pamper hands with manicures and feet with four types of pedicures, each designed to soften skin roughened from walking around in stilettos or hopping around in sandbags. In the salon's secluded spa room, a licensed aesthetician employs hard wax to gently remove hair and treats skin concerns such as acne or aging with eight types of facials.
Medical Director Dr. Parminder Sandhu of Yuva Aesthetics & Wellness helms a team of holistic health coaches, laser techs, smoking-cessation therapists, and skin specialists. Her office’s customized HCG weight-loss programs cater to any body type and gender as they create slimming game plans with prescriptions and nutraceutical products from brands including Metagenics. Yuva’s skin specialists, armed with Environ and Latisse products, concentrate on restoring youthful complexions as they fight fine lines with dermal filler injections and steam rolls cellulite until fat deposits scamper away from the Accent RF’s dermal heating powers like a ant running away from a stale pile of honey. Yuva is also fully equipped to clear troublesome body brush with Cutera Coolglide and LightSheer laser hair-removal systems.
Staffed with registered massage therapists, laser techs, and reflexologists, Target Health treats bodily afflictions by taking a holistic approach. The spa’s massage therapists assuage chronic aches and pains while fostering an inner tranquility that boosts the immune system, revs up circulation, and tickles the notoriously grumpy lumbar spine region. Trained acupuncturists have deep reverence for the ancient healing practice, and aim to restore balance to the body, alleviate symptoms of respiratory disorders, and lessen depression. With a comprehensive laser system, the team clears up unwanted hair, and reflexologists attend to pressure points in the feet and hands to grant relief and assist in postoperative recovery.
Amid a salon with floor-length mirrors, Glow Hair & Nails’ experienced team of certified stylists and aestheticians proves its dedication to high-quality pampering, lavishing salon and spa treatments upon men and women alike. Glow’s coiffeurs flutter about styling stations, sprucing up hair with face-flattering highlights, chic haircuts, and Moroccanoil treatments. Though the staff specializes in hair services, Glow also offers spa services including nail art gilded upon digits by nail technicians and eyelash extensions that, once applied, give lashes a burst of glamour and hummingbirds something to perch on.
Columns of exposed brick rise upward to meet the lofted ceilings of Pink Lime Salon & Spa, an expansive beauty emporium flooded with the natural light that filters in through two-storey windows. Stylists use all this space to spread out as they pace around their salon chairs and bend over sinks to shampoo wet heads of hair. On the other side of the salon, nail technicians brush vibrant coats of polish across nails and aestheticians scrub away blemishes and glued-on masks with restorative facial products. Floral arrangements burst from planters spread throughout the space, adding bright splashes of colour to complement the cozy orange sofa and the shimmering skin of clients fresh from a body polish.