Owners Tracy Kuss and Christy Strand-Kolb share a passion for hairstyling, and they channeled that excitement into opening VanStrand Hair Salon in 2001. Their mission was to create a salon that provided high-quality haircuts, perms, and waxing treatments at reasonable prices. Creating a friendly place to visit and socialize was equally important to them, and today the two love how their salon gives them an opportunity to meet new people and establish relationships with return clients. To keep the vibe upbeat and fun, Tracy and Christy surround themselves with a team of equally passionate, talented, and amicable hair sculptors. Pairing their skills with top-shelf products such as American Crew and Phyto Organics, the stylists stick to their high standards and leave their customers with ‘dos as stylish and sleek as a Ferrari dressed in Versace.
At all of Q Nails And Tanning's stations, the cosmetologists and manicurists display their licenses, and they're happy to talk about them with customers. That's because, in addition to being highly trained in their fields, the staff members take pride in their ability to foster easygoing conversation and cultivate a social, laid-back environment where clients feel comfortable and welcome. As clients and technicians engage in comfortable back-and-forth, fingers and toes find their own things to brag about, including new sets of acrylic, gel, or pink-and-white nails that enable them to steal the thunder back from player pianos. Once fingers and toes are looking polished, clients can better the rest of the body with lie-down or standup tanning sessions, as well as facials, waxing services, and eyelash extensions.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, such as the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Private rooms blanketed in soothing music provide a relaxing environment for guests partaking in spa services. Aestheticians use 100% organic hard and soft wax to remove any unwanted hair from faces and bodies, and even offer Brazilian waxing parties for groups of ladies. Microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels aim to soften fine lines on faces, and eyelash extensions create lashes long enough to braid. Other pampering services include mani-pedis and massages.
The beauty team at Villager Salon and Spa pampers and primps clients in a combined spa and salon setting. On the salon side of the facility, a small band of experienced hair stylists with years of experience bestows hair sculptures with a parade of high-end hair and beauty products by Paul Mitchell, Coppola, and Kenra. Villager's equally tight-knit spa technicians carry out their own collection of services, each with a diverse skill set that encompasses trigger-point massage techniques, waxing, and the use of hot stones for massages and extreme juggling.