Anticipating the arrival of a client he knows both by name and music preference, Glow Tanning Center co-owner Brandon Kemp strides down to the client’s usual chamber and tunes its Pandora radio to her favorite tunes. Kemp also helps clients navigate the center's three levels of UV tanning by creating custom "game plans" and by unfurling a spool of thread to follow back to the front door. The plans combine the use of tanning lotions with a varying regime of visits to the center’s high-pressure UWE beds and speedy upright booths that clients use in 10-minute increments.
In an adjacent room, co-owner Meg Dewall loads a color cartridge into her airbrush. Dewall has airbrushed the toned abs of fitness models and bodybuilders and the rippling upper lips of Elvis impersonators for a decade. Through years of creating quick, custom tans, she has come to rely on a bronzer from Norvell, a formula that eschews dyes because they can cause skin to look orange. The equipment is minimal, so she can also bring her monochrome art kit and a special tent to hotel rooms and private residences for tanning parties and convenient touchups.
The Salt Suite's halotherapy rooms were carved from 24,000 pounds of salt imported from the Dead Sea, historically noted for its healing and wellness properties. The naturally antibacterial salt lies in layers upon the floor and walls, also flavoring the dry aerosol emissions that circulate within the fresh, temperate air pumped into each room by a halogenerator. Twenty-one minerals found within the salt aim to detoxify, cleanse, and replenish bodies, easing the effects of ailments such as sinusitis, eczema, allergies, asthma, COPD, and flavorless-popcorn syndrome.
The adult suite seats up to seven guests in individual spaces—while relaxing in cushioned chairs, patrons can mind-surf on a wave of soft music, count the number of semicolons in a magazine, or click boldly into unexplored sectors of the Internet. Toys and television entertain little busybodies inside the kids' room, where salt covers the ground and an underwater vista fills the space between floor and ceiling. In addition to salt therapy, The Salt Suite offers Yin, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga sessions in one of its trademark salt chambers.
Erhan Sakaoglu and Ali Batibay had two things in common: Turkish heritage and the dream of opening a hair salon. They became fast friends and supported each other as they forged separate career paths in America. Batibay built his client base as a hairstylist while Sakaoglu went to law school and became an attorney, but found his passion for the beauty industry irrepressible. The duo finally made their dream a reality by launching Studio 34.
They assembled a team of European stylists who use a European-inspired, proprietary technique to cut hair and transform looks with color, foils, extensions, and relaxers. A skincare specialist performs nonsurgical facelifts, addressing facial skin loosened by aging or repeated bungee jumping. The crew also offers nailcare, waxing, and makeup services. As noted by Skip Sheffield in the Coastal Star, the salon offered complimentary makeovers in 2009 to wives of military personnel as a way to give back to the community.
After spending two decades perfecting her ability to cultivate physical beauty and well-being, Nancy Reagan opened Bella Reina Spa to share her wealth of knowledge with a growing number of beneficiaries. An experienced aesthetician, makeup artist, nail professional, and nutrition expert, she has yet to find a specialty she cannot master, and her all-around savvy may explain the bourgeoning popularity of her boutique, spa, and retail shop, which is also a Smart For Life Weight Management Center affiliate.
Visitors to the spa pass through a glistening entryway lit by the reflective crystals of square chandeliers hanging above. Beyond the entrance?s high-gloss black floors and velvet-flecked wallpaper, Nancy and her team of professional aestheticians moisturize skin with facials and brush cheeks with an array of cosmetics. Her relaxing massages nullify aches accrued from day-to-day stresses or collisions with the spa?s elegant and smudge-free floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
The founders of Hoy P’Loy Nail Emporium so love ice cream, they infuse scoops into many of their dessert-inspired nail services. Mounds of milk-and-honey ice cream aid staffers as they massage limbs during the Lattelicious ice-cream treatment, whereas the chocolate-strawberry-cream sundae coats legs in a fudgy mask, similar to the ones donned by white-milk cows masquerading as chocolate-milk cows. The salon arranges its services by size, with Cups and Cones mani-pedis representing a smaller indulgence in comparison to lengthier sundae treatments. All services, whether dairy-infused or more traditional, wield products fortified with essential oils, vitamins, and anti-aging acids tapped from young battery trees. In line with the nail salon’s whimsy treatments, bright, cheery colors sprinkle Hoy P’Loy’s otherwise modern, whitewashed interior.
In Studio 14—one of Paradise’s many spaces occupied by an extensive roster of beauty-industry specialists—Tiffany Lifton tends to hair with a bountiful repertoire of salon services. As guests soak up the island-inspired decor and works from local artist Talin Johnson, Tiffany smoothes their locks with keratin treatments, reshapes their ’dos with precision cuts, and rejuvenates looks with hair-coloring services. Once they feel properly beautified, clients can re-energize at Paradise's café. There, organic coffee or lemonade pairs with culinary treats made by the café’s executive chef. Along with its daytime skin, body, and wellness services, Paradise Salon, Spa, & Cafe often hosts evening entertainment, including occasional karaoke nights.