When Katie and Scott Gillespie opened Sassy Chic, they filled its confines with cozy touches that beckon clients to relax. A plush couch hosts waiting clients, and sheer, flowery curtains frame doorways throughout the salon. They also peppered the pale-blue walls with three-dimensional flowers and butterfly-themed artwork. Stylists dispense trendy haircuts in front of gold-framed mirrors, and nail technicians paint keratin sheets with polish colors that range from bold solids to glittery hues.
Sassy Chic Hair and Nail Studio provides its namesake services and more, but the studio doesn't stop there. Each service is complemented with thirst quenchers such as soda, wine, apple cider, and hot tea—just one of the many little extras that make pampering treatments pop. Special gel polish protects nails from chips, and a paraffin-wax application softens feet after a pedicure. The staff also cuts new styles on men, women, and children, and finishes off looks with beard trims or eyelash braids.
Destinations Salon and Spa's meticulous stylists primp and pamper exteriors with a variety of beautifying services. Nail techs colorize digits with glitzy manicures, artificial-nail applications, and pedicures performed in massaging chairs. 'Dos are reshaped in a frenzy of snipping and layering or are transformed with new color schemes. Tending to faces, the aestheticians refresh skin with microdermabrasion, during which a diamond tip sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal the more youthful surface beneath. Eyebrow waxing deters hair from its quest to construct the least efficacious kind of body armor—the soft, braided kind.
At Essenza Salon and Medi Spa, Darcy DellaVella arms herself with products by Dermalogica and Image in order to aid clients in their never-ending fight against stress, aging, and environmental toxins. The spa comprises 3,300 square feet, providing ample space for staff to perform nail treatments, haircuts, and waxing treatments without disturbing clients relaxing under the soothing ministrations of hot-stone massage or those napping on the lobby couch. Beyond enlivening complexions with permanent makeup, the team also offers resurfacing treatments such as microdermabrasion to help stimulate new-cell production and reduce the appearance of scars and enlarged pores, and those looking to fill in fine lines and wrinkles can inquire about injections of Botox, administered by a nurse injection specialist.
The massage therapists at Ahhh! Massage want each of their treatments to feel like a vacation from the stresses of daily life. They seem to have taken this idea to its local extreme, decorating their treatment rooms so that each resembles an exotic locale: Hawaii, Fiji, and the Caribbean islands are all represented. Along with the therapists’ soothing Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage strokes, the tropical decor encourages guests to slip into a state of relaxation disturbed only by the banging of steel drums or the howl of a lonely toucan. When they aren’t tending to backs and shoulders, the staffers perform hot-oil scalp massages and cleansing foot scrubs; the breezy facility also houses an infrared sauna and hydraulic massage beds.
A brushed metal sign atop a cabinet of top industry products sets the stage for the experience at Pacific Sun Tanning Company—a contemporary tanning salon rated No. 1 by the readers of Reno News & Reviews for the last five years. The salon's UV specialists undertake Smart Tan's comprehensive certification before bending the sun's radiation to their will, learning the ins and outs of ray exposure, selecting ideal skincare products, and discerning which compliments will coax Helios into sharing his private stash of solar beams. They can also eschew the sun entirely and bestow beachy glows through custom spray-tan services. The popular tanning facilities and the staff's enthusiastic demeanor have expanded into six locations throughout the Reno and Sparks.