Bodies emerge shades darker after a visit to Caribbean Breeze Tanning Resort. Five different styles of beds bronze clients at different intensities with a selection of lotions that encourage melanin’s climb to the surface of the skin. Airbrush tanning sessions use a pH-balanced solution that tints limbs with natural-looking shades, and patrons receive the UV-free burnish from a tanning specialist instead of automated machines that won't stop unless the patron invokes the First Law of Robotics.
The stylists at Sanctuary Salon & Spa are committed to creating stylish, fashion-forward haircuts. But they're equally committed to making their clients happy. So before they ever pick up a pair of shears, they consult with each client to learn their hairstyling needs and goals. Then they assess the client's unique facial structure and features. The result? A haircut that's been wholly customized to flatter and please each customer. The stylists can also complement the new cuts with color services and keratin treatments.
Over on the spa side, on-staff aestheticians and massage therapists keep the pampering experience going. Aestheticians offer facials for all skin types?think clarifying, brightening, and anti-aging treatments. And massage therapists customize their therapeutic kneadings to each client, helping them relax while focusing on the most attention-starved muscles.
Friendly stylists at EnVision Hair Studio dedicate their energies nearly exclusively to beautifying locks, serving up a full menu of cuts, as well as coloring and conditioning treatments. Wielding high-quality salon products by the likes of Redken and Paul Mitchell, the clipsters infuse snipping sessions with all the luxury of a velvet-lined swimming pool. Conditioning services such as smoothing keratin therapies treat locks to a feast of calming mango butter, grape seed, and meadowfoam, leaving tresses shinier and frizz-free for up to three months. The team keeps up on the latest trends, including Hotheads and feather hair extensions, maintaining its focus on tailoring treatments to suit each visitor.
When it comes to hair, no strand is left behind at Linda Nessmiller Studio. A stylist for 20 years and educator for Aveda, Wella, and Redken, Nessmiller removes split ends and adds drama with full color, highlights, and live readings of Hamlet. She smoothes hair and removes frizz with Japanese straightening and keratin treatments and enhances features with makeup application and specialized skincare. And, because she owns her own studio, she’s available 24/7—though her boutique's fancy jewelry may not be.
The recently opened Salon Element knows how to cater to each individual's personal hair type. The salon's attentive staff clips and colors both men's and women's tresses, and also provides healing keratin treatments to help manage frizz. Additionally, waxing services remove excess body hair leaving skin smooth enough to make baby dolphins jealous.
With its crystal-laden chandelier and iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jenkins's workspace would probably look different today if not for his career change. "I actually started accounting before [styling] and totally hated it," he says. "I didn't like looking at numbers."
So in 2001, Michael made a "major switch" and embarked on a hairstyling adventure. These days, within a spacious double room rented from Sola Salon, he and his assistant Tabitha Stricklin transform hair with the aid of Keune Haircosmetics colors—which he picks for their vibrancy—and Aquage styling products.
Although Michael loves "fun, funky styles" and bold colors, he makes sure to listen carefully to his clients' desires. "I always do a consultation with the client, no matter if they've been with me 10 years or if they're new," he says. He offers them water to sip when they come in and lavishes scalps with a massage as he shampoos their hair. Dance music keeps the atmosphere upbeat as he adds texture to looks with highlights, banishes frizz with keratin treatments, and politely asks split ends to jump ship.