The eponymous owner of Clarisa’s Golden Touch specializes in gilding body builders. She wields a professional spray-tanning wand during each treatment, carefully misting the skin to accentuate each patron’s body and skin tone. Whether patrons want full or partial color, Clarisa creates a comfortable environment with in-studio and on-the-go services. She provides thorough instructions for achieving competition color, suggesting that patrons depilate and exfoliate their entire body in advance of the application. By following these steps and also declining double-dog dares to streak through the car wash, patrons achieve tans that last up to ten days.
Once they've entered Tropical Tanning, guests face a choice of three doors, but their decision shouldn't exactly be fraught with suspense—behind each door lies high-tech tanning beds with three levels of tanning pressure waiting to gild bodies to the tunes of a built-in radio or iPod docking station. Tanning associates help newcomers choose the right bed, and can also explain the benefits of the tanning creams that adorn the salon's faux tiki bar. Infrared-sauna treatments send beams of warming light into bodies, inducing the same raised heart rate as moderate exercise or really intense chewing. Murals of tropical sunsets, hammocks, and beaches adorn the salon's walls, and a life-size dashboard hula dancer waves goodbye on the way out.
At California Tanning, clients don't usually find themselves standing in line waiting for a bed. The studio has 15 of them, which baste pale skin in a range of hue-shifting rays, from easy entry-level tans to 25,000 watts of bronzing pressure. Alternatively, Mystic HD spray gets skin glowing without UV rays. Clients have only to step into the booth and follow the voice-assisted instructions, and the automated sprayers coat exteriors with custom micromists of color.
Joanna Corkery calls upon 12 years of experience owning and working at a tanning salon to rid complexions of blemishes and imbue skin with rich, UV-free color. Stationed within the stress-free oasis of Jessi B’s Salon & Boutique, Joanna airbrushes skin of all types and colors with a Norvell solution that achieves the rich, golden hue of King Midas’s pet retriever. Though a master of natural-looking tanning, Joanna’s knowledge also extends to other aspects of skincare and cosmetics. Once an adult-acne sufferer, she channels the lessons learned from her personal experiences to clear skin of fine lines, sun spots, and acne with custom facials that rely on products from trusted brands such as Jan Marini Skin Research and DermaQuest Skin Therapy. A freelance makeup artist at weddings and other special events, Joanna perks up complexions with cosmetic services that include brow and lash tinting, makeup application, and body waxing.
By working in a physical therapy office, a chiropractic office, and a day spa, certified massage therapist Dominique DeBenedetto of Spa Bleu Fonce gained a diverse set of skills. Relying on more than six years of experience as a massage therapist, she combines her comprehensive knowledge to relax bodies and relieve tensions with Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages. Dominique also soothes expecting mothers and pregnant pet fish with prenatal massage and promotes overall health and wellness with reflexology sessions. Aside from massage therapy, Dominique offers UV-free airbrush tanning to imbue skin with an even, natural-looking bronze color.