Boca Tanning Club salons bronze clients with the help of super tanning beds and booths, as well as UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. Clients walk past the painted vines, rocks, and rainforest-themed decor before stepping into the spray-tanning booths, which gild limbs in 60 seconds, or into a super bed, which caramelizes skin in less time than a traditional bed. In private rooms, technicians wielding airbrush systems custom shade and contour muscles while de-emphasizing vestigial tails.
Township Laser Center’s specialists blast unwanted hair with pulsed light in speedy sessions that provide an escape from the purgatory of endless waxing, shaving, and tweezing. Cooling systems keep clients and skin comfortable as pulsed light sweeps over skin, softly humming disco tunes to itself. By altering settings on the Palomar pulsed-light system, technicians can refresh time-ravaged skin with photofacials, which tackle sun damage, age spots, rosacea, and visible veins.
In the early 20th century, you might be able to identify patients coming from a reflexology appointment by the clothespins on their fingertips. Today’s reflexologists generally carry out their treatments by hand in a wellness clinic or a massage studio, but the principle remains the same: apply pressure to specific points on the hands, feet, or ears, prompting responses in organs throughout the body.
The practice is similar to acupuncture and acupressure in positing energy pathways running through the body, although the scheme is a little simpler than Chinese medicine’s system of meridians. Envision vertical lines running from each toe up through the leg, joining lines running from each finger up the arm toward the neck and coming together in the head, and you have the body divided into 10 attractively slimming reflexology zones. Within each zone on the palm or—most common in reflexology sessions today—the sole, certain pressure points are thought to correspond to organs, joints, or other tissues elsewhere in the same zone.
Dr. William Fitzgerald—originator of the clothespin technique—began practicing what he called “zone therapy” in 1915. While research has yet to find a concrete link between modern medical thought and the millennia-old idea of imperceptible bodily energy, that doesn't mean reflexology can't be relaxing. Patients can expect the benefits of a treatment to include at least those of a good foot massage: increased circulation, relieved muscle tension, and decreased stress and susceptibility to tickle attacks. Even early proponents of the technique accepted that results might vary from person to person. Writing in 1928, physician Bernard Lust was content with claiming that “the adoption of the method is attended with absolutely no danger or disagreeable results, and may be the means of lengthening short lives and making good health catching.”
Distinction Salon owners Shawn Durant and Kelly Larkin pride themselves on providing their staff with plentiful educational opportunities to enable them to enhance locks with the best precision cuts and multi-tonal color. A specialist in razor cuts, Durant's own styling touch can toggle between subtle and edgy with a simple flick of his artistic wrist, and his modern, yet classic approach makes him popular among clients who received a bad cut elsewhere. Using products from Aquage and Wella, his styling team adds dimensional color to update dull locks and can smooth frizzy, unruly manes with Brazilian keratin treatments that leave hair as silky as Bing Crosby's pajamas for up to four months.
While waiting to add length and volume with natural-looking hair extensions by Euro-So.Cap and Aqua Hair Extensions or pops of bright color with feathers, clients may sink into the plush couch guarding Distinction Salon's waiting area, where they may also enjoy the light, sweet aroma of fresh cut flowers and vases filled with fragrant shampoo.
The varnish artists at Tokyo Nails work in a variety of media, including gel, acrylic, and regular old nail polish. They skillfully trim and shape nails or soften paws with lotions, paraffin dips, or oven mitts full of petroleum jelly. Children are welcome at their salon—they even have a special menu of services for tykes aged 10 and younger.