Tan ’n Time's staff of skin bronzers maintains clean, quality Tan America equipment, bestowing patrons with consistently superb epidermal bronzing. Five levels of premium beds come universally equipped with facial bulbs and cool airflow, which cuffs its air jeans and strums an air guitar. At the Colonial Heights location, Ergoline 600 beds ($19/session) douse skin suits in the rays of 52 bulbs, four facial lamps, and shoulder tanners for maximum umber tones. Refusing to be outdone, the Chester and Hopewell locations house high-pressure Matrix booths ($25/session), which dole out 12-minute sessions that leave skin tints darker than Katie Couric's nightmares. For strengthened base-tans, a month in a super bed ($42.95) gradually piles on russet affectations, and one session in a VersaSpa sunless tanner ($25) voice-guides customers to UV-free bronzing. To keep tans from stressing out about extinction, Tan ’n Time's three locations provide customers with convenient tanning options all over town.
The fully glass exterior of Aroma Spa exposes the glowing dispositions of staff members bustling between a reception desk and coffee-hued armchairs in the waiting area. Dark cherry cabinetry contrasts polished wood floors and shelves loaded with products from Matrix, OPI, and Bioelements. Dreamy sighs drift from private rooms for body wraps and massages, serving as an aural backdrop to black salon chairs standing in front of mirrors as though they were filled with vain ghosts. Throughout pampering services, patrons sip piping-hot coffee, and full-day spa-goers nibble on a complimentary lunch or dinner amid mint-green walls.
The staff at Hawaiian Bronze makes sure that clients use the right bed and products for their skin with a level of care that hasn't gone unnoticed. Playboy and Maxim model Nikki Cantell, an occasional customer, says, "I love Hawaiian Bronze, I've tried so many salons over the years and all I did was burn. At HB, they clearly use top-of-the-line machines and offer the best lotions for my sensitive skin."
The salon's collection of beds includes lie-down and standup units, tanning contraptions just for the legs or face, and a powerful 360-degree Italian-made model. Airbrush artists spritz on natural-looking hues in less than three minutes, and red light therapy stimulates skin to produce natural smoothing collagen. Infrared body wraps also help get bodies ready for trips to the beach or attempts to climb through silhouette-shaped holes in the wall from high school.
The experienced team of multicultural stylists at Vielka Morgan Hair Studio helps to add pizzazz to messy mop-tops with a strand-straightening keratin treatment. Each treatment tames misbehaving hair with a formaldehyde-free concoction, uncoiling kinks and sculpting coiffures into bouffants, bobs, or busts of Martin Van Buren. After Medusa-esque manes are sluiced with an enlivening elixir, a flatiron fuses the substance into the hair with intense heat for a shiny, straight, and smooth finish that typically lasts for at least three months. An inviting atmosphere peppered with lush plants relaxes patrons as large, elegant mirrors emanate an aura of spaciousness and clients prep noodle nests for a romantic date or an attempt to quickly woo a highway tollbooth attendant.
Inside Le Rouge Hair Lounge, there's a portrait of a woman in Marie-Antoinette-style garb with a tall gray wig and a powdered face. This old-fashioned glamour extends to the rest of the salon's decor: A gold chandelier hangs overhead, and near the portrait, a French-style sofa and two vintage wingback chairs surround a curio cabinet. The cabinet is stocked with Redken products, and there's a boutique area featuring a collection of baubles and handbags. Step into one of the styling stations, and you can watch as a skilled stylist does up your hair in an ornately framed mirror. At the back of the salon, there's a vanity table filled with glo minerals makeup products, and you can roast plastic marshmallows over a faux fireplace.
In English, Bella Corpo translates to “beautiful body,” and that’s exactly what the spa and salon’s staffers hope to help patients achieve. Their services range from traditional skincare—facials, anti-aging peels, and microdermabrasion—to infrared body wraps, which can flatten cellulite and tighten skin as patrons lie within a cozy, cocoon-like encapsulation.