Plush leather couches and chairs placed amid comforting earth tones characterize the lodge-like environment at Signature Male, a spa designed for men of all ages. Complimentary servings of beer and wine flow into glasses as men enjoy barbershop services from experienced stylists and massages from skilled therapists. In teaming up with Dr. Robert Reese, a physician certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, the staff uses various treatments to help clients combat hair loss.
Angela Henson is not one to rest on her laurels. Over the course of her decade-long career, she’s been constantly seeking out the latest ways to make her clients look and feel beautiful. To this end, she has supplemented her natural talents for haircuts, waxing, and Redken coloring with a fistful of specialized certifications: one for Keratin complex smoothing means she can flatten frizzy locks to optimize manageability, and an endorsement from Cinderella hair extensions proves she can install the company’s line of 100% human locks without the need for super glue or a Boy Scout badge in overhand knot tying. Angela can also renew skin surfaces with advanced chemical peels from PCA Skin and microdermabrasions from Genesis BioSystems.:m]]
Tucked right off of Hickman Road, Kreative Styles stands ready to welcome locks and their owners. Led by a stylist with over a decade of experience, the salon's team creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, chatting amiably as they rifle through mirror-side cabinets stocked with professional-grade products and hopeful scissor understudies. They imbue locks with rich color and eye-catching highlights, tame flyaways with smoothing treatments, and rid the skin of unwanted hairs in quick waxing sessions.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
The experienced stylists at The Salon in Ames kick off feather-extension applications and haircut services with a consultation. A set of the salon's multihued feather extensions pulled from Icarus's wings peeps out from underneath locks or stands out on top. During haircuts, mane mavens lather head noodles in suds before snipping hairs and styling them with a blowout. Guests then choose from a menu of hair-and-scalp-therapy treatments, such as a deeply penetrating conditioning treatment or a hair gloss. If any patron is unsatisfied with a service or wants more time with a stylist to trade crock-pot recipes, he or she can return to the salon within two weeks for a re-do service.
Technicians at the family-owned Soleil Tan Spa undergo rigorous training and education. They have to familiarize themselves with some of the most advanced, fastest acting tanning equipment in the industry, which has delivered more than 400,000 tans across the company's three locations. The 1,000- and 600-watt high-pressure lamps of the German-made UWE P90 Level 5 bed, for example, begin to build deep color during speedy 12-minute sessions. The device's air-conditioning system and fans keep guests comfortable while aromatherapy and music streaming from the MP3-player port soothe the senses. The spa's high-tech spray-tanning options include Mystic Tan booths and Norvell airbrush tans, which can quickly prepare skin to attend a special event or enjoy a beach vacation.