Skin Deep Mega Tanning's friendly staff equips patrons with gadgets that sun-kiss skin surfaces and boost the body's collagen production. Clients' hides are tinted with a golden hue while lazing in the Sunstar Zx30 bed, which is heated by 30 100-watt bulbs. The UV-free spray-tan mists pelts with the Tan Envy or California Tan solution, resulting in a light, medium, dark, or cheetah-print summer coat. The easy-to-follow audio instructions for the touch-free controls enable a sophisticated yet simple spritz of bottled sunshine in 14 seconds per side.
OC Tan 2 U customizes its all-natural spray solution according to each client's skin tone before artfully applying it via airbrush. The clean, comfortable synthetic-sun specialty shop employs its unique airbrush formula that adapts to skin, resulting in a natural, non-orange tan that disguises the body's blemishes and irregularities. The spray session takes about 15 minutes, and the tan lasts up to two weeks depending on skin quality, care, and exposure to sandblasters.
Most artists use a brush and paint. Michelle Como uses foils, shampoo, and dye. Sure, she's technically a stylist, but she treats each service as an artform. Michelle owns Pure Color Bar Salon, where she spends her days sculpting and coloring hair. In addition to color treatments and highlights, she specializes in keratin smoothing treatments to get rid of curls, frizz, and misplaced crazy straws. Her coworkers produce stunningly complex nail art, with stripes and swirls peppered with little gems fastened in place with adhesive.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: hair color
Brands Used: wella, keratin complex
As clients enter the earth-toned domain of Angelique LaBoo's eponymous massage center, they smell the scent of sweet basil. Angelique claims this helps to clear the mind, readying the body to rid itself of the emotional and mental stress that can throw it out of balance. In private treatment rooms, she whisks tightness and tension from each muscle, using an oil and lotion combination that enables her to harness the best properties of each. Though she specializes in holistic cranio-sacral and reiki techniques, Angelique also takes therapeutic approaches to help relieve symptoms of musculo-skeletal problems, such as plantar fasciitis, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and stiff backs from filling in for an Olympic ring taking a lunch break.
Crush Salon and Spa's diverse services run the gamut from beauty to relaxation, including hot-stone massages, keratin straightening treatments, and a full-fledged spray-tan business. The staff cuts hair for women, men, and children, applies professional makeup, and rejuvenates complexions with deep-cleansing facials. In addition to these conventional salon services, Spray U Tan—located inside Crush—focuses exclusively on airbrush tanning, bronzing clients' bodies from head to toe, conjuring golden skin tones the way alchemists conjure excuses for why they seem to never actually turn anything into gold.