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.
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.
Complexions' aesthetician, Diana, spritzes pallid pelts with an all-natural SunFX sunless-tanning formula. Diana airbrushes coats with a butterscotch topping that combines DHA with mineral-salt bronzers culled from the sun's tears. The formula leaves bodies free of alcohol, oils, perfumes, and potentially harmful chemicals and preservatives, and it continues to develop on dermises for 2–4 hours after application. For an extra fee, clients can add a range of skin accessories to their body canvases, including gold or opal glitter ($3), an anti-aging solution ($5), and nose-tempting scents such as orange, pineapple ($3 each), or freshly washed puppy.
Owner Patricia Shirk directs Pure Radiance Salon & Tanning's staff using expertise acquired in 19 years of industry experience. The studio's beauty-industry professionals primp visitors with a complete spread of spa and salon treatments that range from haircare and nailcare to revitalizing facial and massage services. Ornately decorated throughout its interiors, Pure Radiance boasts a pedicure station with a leopard-print throne and privacy drapes for semi-secluded pampering sessions or clandestine conversations with one's toes.