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.
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.
B-tan Tanning Salons have a sleek, modern look that starts immediately in the reception area. There, modern chairs, a streamlined reception desk, and a flat-screen television foreshadow the 15 pieces of advanced tanning equipment waiting out of sight. These stainless-steel booths wrap around clients to evenly bronze with nonacrylic bulbs that, like the most ineffective beach umbrellas, let as much light as possible hit the skin. The beds and booths also keep UVB rays to a minimum, reducing the chances of burns. Yet clients can forgo UV altogether with spray tans from the Mystic Tan booth, which lets clients customize their shade and reap a beach-worthy glow in just 60 seconds.
Unlike traditional skincare treatments that only provide a temporary fix, skincare at Nourishe works to nurture each person’s genetic makeup to help skin function at its optimal level. Each individually formulated treatment mimics the body’s natural DNA repair to help restore skin cells and achieve a more youthful look. For example, the Nourishe Elixi-lift, a nonsurgical face-lift, can stimulate the growth of natural collagen to help reduce wrinkles without surgery. Even their more basic facial services rely on botanically infused ingredients, using everything from chocolate to chamomile to satisfy the needs and midnight cravings of each client’s individual epidermis.
An orchestra of humming blow dryers welcomes guests into FlyDry Blowdry Bar, where expertly trained staffers enhance hairs via a menu of blowouts, mini manicures, custom makeup applications, and relaxing neck massages. FlyDry’s signature Flight Plan blowouts start with a scalp massage and shampoo, and include the Runway blowout, which produces sleek, pin-straight locks and the Round Trip blowout that results in bouncy, defined curls that rival the cute little tails of Shirley Temple’s pet piglets.
Dr. Michael P. Schmidt and the staff at Core Institute work to thwart waistline expansion with the five-week lipotropic fat-loss program, which may help jettison unwanted pounds with a medley of in-office and at-home treatments. First, a consultation adjoins patients and staff to discuss concerns, disclose previous medical history, and compete in medical-glossary spelling bees. After Dr. Schmidt collects the data, he sends patients home with a five-week supply of syringes and B6 and B12 shots that work to help the body metabolize more effectively. He'll fortify the fat-loss program by holding weekly follow-up evaluations to monitor the patient's progress. The salubrious injections also work to detoxify bodies to boost energy levels and decrease the necessity for hazmat business suits.