"I'm an artist and I started out in cosmetics … I just really enjoy helping people look great," says Alichia Ryan. Whether it is through the application of Extreme Lashes extensions, makeup, or an Infinity Sun airbrush tan, Alichia takes joy in enhancing appearances and boosting confidence levels. She has been a licensed aesthetician since 1997 and once owned her own Merle Norman studio outside of Los Angeles. Always learning about the latest beauty techniques and technologies, she holds certifications in microdermabrasion and permanent cosmetics, as well as an endorsement for Ad Vinci teeth whitening from the Vitruvius Man.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
Margarita Pinkhasova—a.k.a., Rita of Rita's Nail—pretties up fingers and toes from the comforts of Arbach's Goodhair Salon. With long-lasting beauty in mind, Rita artfully applies traditional and shellac polish that can remain chip-free for up to two weeks. She also tames unruly brows and smoothens out other facial areas with swift yet gentle waxing sessions.
Hair guru Christopher Kellams founded The Loft Hair Studio after graduating from Dynamics Hair Academy and training at Dallas’s Tony and Guy Academy. Kellams has stratified his team of stylists into four experience levels, keeping each up to date on modern haircare techniques through continuing-education classes. Stylists tailor hairdos to suit clients' face shape, their hair texture, and the size of the sombrero they refuse to remove. During an appointment, clients are free to sip complimentary glasses of wine and other beverages.
The Palms Tanning Resort helps pale people escape both stress and pallor by inviting them to bask in private tanning bungalows with island-like thatched roofs and hand-cut bamboo walls. German- and Italian-made beds comprise tanning packages named for various tropical destinations, and customers can opt to upgrade their packages for an additional fee. Jamaica-level tanners gain access to the Cobra SX tanning bed, where they can repose beneath powerful fluorescents and listen to the unit’s accompanying soundtrack of snake-charmer remixes. Hopping over Mexico and into the Pacific, Hawaii-level tanning utilizes the adjustable facial rays of the Starflight tanning bed and the Lotus bed, both capable of bombarding cheeks with more or less light to create even distribution of melanin throughout the skin. The spaceship-like P90 pod, available to Tahiti-level users, enhances its powerful lamps with built-in amenities including aromatherapy, dual air conditioners, and quadruple misters that dust dermises with much-needed hydration after constantly rewatching the ending of Old Yeller. Tahiti-level guests also have access to the UV-free Mystic Tan spray tanning system, which uses a streak-free sunless solution to bronze bodies.