Amazing Tans, celebrating its 18-year anniversary, furnishes its interiors with a range of cutting-edge tanning beds and booths. The studio's Matrix, Sun Board, and Velocity beds filter out 98% of UVB rays—the rays responsible for reddening skin. Aside from tanning beds, Magic Tan and Mystic Tan standup tanning booths mist bodies in UV-free sunless tanning formulas, transforming pasty hues into even, natural-looking bronze tones. Tanning and skincare products are available for purchase, including Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Amazing Face bronzers and moisturizers.
House of Chang pleases palates with an assortment of Mandarin, Szechuan, and Hunan specialties for lunch and dinner. Midday morsels such as sesame chicken ($5.75) and bean curd with vegetables ($5.75) come sidekicked with an egg roll, a fried won ton, fried rice, and fresh fruit. Or practice intimacy by sharing a Bo Bo tray for two, which features fried prawns, barbecued spareribs, optional truth serum, paper-wrapped chicken, beef sticks, and egg rolls ($9.25). For dinner, load up on savory specialties such as the vanilla-battered shrimp drizzled with honey-glazed walnuts ($9.20), or keep mouths guessing with a combination dish of chicken chow mein, an egg roll, a fried won ton, steamed rice, and broccoli beef ($8).
Within Lil' Bit Sassy Salon's sunny, elegant interior, stylists coddle follicles and tame unruly tresses with shampoo, highlights, and a blow-dry. After rubbing invigorating shampoo into scalps, scissor wielders snip split ends and reframe faces, accenting cheekbones and freeing long-forgotten pencils tucked behind ears. A smoothing keratin treatment expels poof-inducing moisture, leaving cranial carpets as slick and glossy as a slip ‘n slide made out of hair. Once relayered and silky, locks bask in a heated blow-dry before settling into a well-styled ‘do. For extra luster, guests can emblazon heads with partial highlights, enhancing natural hair color with luminous strands.
Strands Salon and Spa's founder, Jacquelyn Crabtree, is like a magnet for creativity, and she draws in all sorts of beauty professionals. She works on fashion shows, does editorial work for Sactown Magazine, and has styled the hair of television personalities—her primary areas of expertise being extensions and straightening. But unlike the security guard at a hall of mirrors, the hair expert can't be in all places at once. To that end, she's assembled a crack beauty team, each person having his or her unique specialties.
Its ranks include Tony Moreno, the salon's in-house color educator. Mr. Moreno has exhausted Aveda's curriculum of advanced education classes; he's even helped the well-known company develop products for its men's line. Along with Ms. Crabtree, Mr. Moreno keeps his fellow stylists up to date on the latest techniques. Massage therapist Mathew Abeyta, meanwhile, covers the spa side of the business.
Combined, the experts form an Aveda salon and spa that covers the full gamut of beauty services. Aveda hair rituals unfold at salon chairs, with perms, color services, scalp treatments, and other options. Nail rituals pamper hands and feet, while facials provide very specific benefits, such as clearing acne. Salon and spa treatments come together during packages such as the bride-focused A Day To Remember. The name is actually a bit of a misnomer, since it incorporates two separate visits with hairstyling, makeup, massages, and waxes that prepare wives-to-be for their trips down the aisle.
Nastran Organic Skincare Center's mission is to provide healthy and natural treatments to clients for their daily skin care routines. That's why all of their skin care treatments are free of side effects and their line of products are handcrafted, vegan, organic, and free of animal testing. Their threading service removes hairs at the root, giving the results of waxing but with more precision and potentially with fewer complications. The boutique's vitamin-infused facials help keep skin radiant, and bridal services prep brides to look their best and help them warmup their bouquet-hurling arm.
Under the supervision of Dr. Jon Dresser, a staff of nurse practitioners and registered nurses bolsters client confidence and boosts well-being with noninvasive aesthetic services. Qualified medical staff employ the Palomar StarLux 500 laser—which is outfitted with broadband light energy, a vacuum, and a cooling system—to optimize laser hair-removal treatments and acne or anti-aging facials. Qualified medical staff administer all laser therapies and inject dermal fillers such as Botox, reassuring patients with expert medical advice about their results, aftercare, and probability of attaining immortality. The space's capacious waiting room is painted an energizing shade of lime green, and scattered sofas and oriental rugs exude a welcoming, homey feel.