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.
"We understand we can't stop the aging process," says the homepage at Reno Sparks MedSpa, "but we can slow it down." Dr. Calvin Van Reken accomplishes this deceleration with high-tech techniques such as fractional-laser skincare, acne-aimed microdermabrasion, varicose- and spider-vein reduction, and storing all clocks in the freezer. Besides cosmetic procedures, the facility is equipped to perform general medical care, including consultations, diagnostic and lab testing, and medical treatment plans. Specializing in skincare, women's health, and geriatric medicine, Dr. Van Reken can treat patients at all stages of life.
While many weight loss plans focus purely on caloric intake, Sierra Nevada Wellness Center’s supervised weight loss programs account for a matrix of factors such as sleep, stress, and hormone levels. This is because the staff, who specializes in natural weight loss solutions, knows that a variety a factors effect a person’s ability to shed excess pounds. Helmed by licensed physician Dr. Joe Johnson, the team balances diets with nutritional supplements, and also performs services such as permanently reducing unwanted hair with laser hair removal treatments, contouring physiques with mesotherapy, and lasering away unwanted tattoos of ex-girlfriends’ names or outdated world maps.
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.
Inside D’Andrea Salon’s intimate interior—with sheer purple fabrics and miniature cherub statues—stylists help clients achieve their aesthetic aspirations with custom hair, nail, and spa services. The team's complementary skill sets canvass the whole body, from the stylists who revitalize locks with Japanese hair-straightening and coloring services to the technicians who transform digits with traditional mani-pedis and gel nail tips. For more front-facing renewal, aestheticians pamper pores with carefully administered facials and microdermabrasion treatments.
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.
Honey isn't just for making tea drinkable for bears. It's used by Bronze Body Tanning's licensed aesthetician in her soft wax—part of her technique for Brazilian waxes. The salon's staff can also give bodies honey hues with tanning services.