Beauty Couture Boutique Salon's stylists believe that beauty doesn't have to harm the environment, animals, or clients. Organic products have nearly monopolized the store's shelf space, including ammonia-free hair color and completely vegan, toxin-free products that aren't tested on animals. Stylists brandish these products like gadgets from a superhero's belt as they deftly perform a complete roster of salon services. They also perform makeup, spray-tanning, and nail-care services, and offer health-conscious alternatives to traditional hair care. A Chi Enviro smoothing treatment, for instance, leaves hair soft and shiny without the harmful effects of keratin or constantly wearing a Cleopatra wig.
SunBreeze operates at two extremes. In one wing of the business, clients relax beneath the warm lights of tanning beds. But temperatures drop drastically in the frozen yogurt section. Here, hot pink walls surround self-service stations that dispense a rotating lineup of frozen treats. The week's flavor selection might include classics such as alpine vanilla or unexpected options including sugar-free strawberry-banana and peanut butter, which is the same flavor fed to movies stars so it looks like they're talking. Candy, fruit, and other morsels populate a full toppings bar, where customers can sprinkle finishing touches over their custom desserts.
The technicians at Natural Color Spray Tans burnish skin with beach-worthy hues without exposure to UV rays. The salon offers three levels of tanning: the original sunless tan, which requires clients to wait 8–12 hours before showering; the express sunless tan, which requires 4–6 hours; and the “30 Minutes to Miami” tan, which allows clients to shower after only 30 minutes. Check out the company’s recommendations before sessions to ensure an even, natural-looking tan.
In a studio brimming with what New York magazine calls a “relaxed, residential vibe,” walls of slate gray and exposed brick ensconce the cutting-edge equipment dwelling within each of Pacific Tanning Salon's seven private bronzing rooms. Clients garner sun-kissed glows from an array of machines such as the Ambition 300, equipped with turbo and superpower lamps and high-pressure facial tanners. During sessions that last a maximum of 15 minutes, clients punch easy-to-navigate buttons to control their experiences, and ventilation systems ensure that they, and the casseroles they are warming, do not overheat.
Walking through the doors of Park Slope Tanning, visitors know what the business is about. The rows of brand-name accelerating lotions, the arsenal of UV beds, and even the ochre-colored walls hint at the sultry color of a day spent lounging under the sun. To get that color, the salon furnishes six tiers of UV beds that range from the no-frills tanning of the 35 100-watt bulbs on the Level 1 beds to the 650-watt high-pressure bulbs of the Level 6 beds, which are augmented with reflectors that ensure tanning rays can hit every corner of the body and still check their blind spots. Since clients don’t always have the time to build up a golden tan with UV rays, the salon also offers VersaSpa spray tanning booths that imbue skin with one of three shades in minutes, and custom airbrush tans that skilled technicians apply to bring out their clients' best features.
Malibu Tanz's amicable staff of spectrum shifters assists clients as they imbue their skin with a sun-smooched look in 15 minutes or less within a selection of UV-tanning devices. Banish pigment the shade of terrified marshmallows by relaxing beneath the 120-watt lamps in the Soltron X2-35 Kiss, or bask in the glow of the slightly more intense 140-watt bulbs found within the Ergoline Advantage 400, a sleek tanning divan equipped with easy, intuitive panels and built-in facial tanners. Otherwise, the Sun Capsule standup booth bronzifies clients comfortably without requiring them to lie down or recite arcane incantations, boasting 360-degree tanning and an integrated cooling system. Meanwhile, the three 2,000-watt lamps within the face-tanning machine work to enliven mugs in a mere 10 minutes, imparting cheeks and brows with a lasting glow for the achromatic winter season.