Nestled within the Sarasota Crossing shopping center, Tans Etc's 1,000-square-foot salon conjures a sun-kissed glow from highly sanitized UV and UV-free tanning equipment, lotions, and accessories. Eight UV beds gradually bronze limbs in either a reclining or standing position. Alternatively, Jamaican Mist spray-tanning solution is designed to leave skin evenly coated in a natural hue that, unlike a chameleon during fraternity hazing, doesn't streak or turn orange.
The doctors at ChiroStandard have one goal: helping their patients live healthy, pain-free lives—both mentally and physically. They dissolve pain and tension with holistic treatments such as massage therapy and manual adjustments, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t taking advantage of advanced technologies. The specialists help patients achieve overall wellness with nutritional advice.
Melanie Russin is a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician who fights tension in the body with multiple massage modalities, and tightens the skin on the face with microcurrent skin treatments. She also uses LED light therapy to fight aging and stimulate cellular activity.
"I am fascinated with the way muscles work and move," says Renew U Massage & Skincare owner Katanya Taite, citing one of the reasons she became a licensed massage therapist. A sincere interest in helping people feel and live better is another reason: "Life is filled with so much responsibility, people don't take enough time to focus on themselves."
The escapist element is apparent from the moment clients enter into her elegant gold and earth-toned bodywork enclave, where the sounds of flowing water and ocean waves engulf senses in serenity. Organic and vegan oils and serums add an eco-conscious element to all services including massages—which Katanya customizes to each client's particular aches and pains—and slimming body wraps designed to tighten and tone hard-to-trim areas. Also a licensed aesthetician, she customizes facials as well, beginning with an in-depth skin analysis before moving on to tailored treatments that include special formulations for men's skin, teen skin, and sensitive bearskin rugs.
As the inventor of both a patented burn-treatment device and a scarless, internal breast-lift procedure, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Adamson places high importance on safe, up-to-date technologies. During laser hair-removal sessions at his downtown clinic, skilled technicians zap troublesome follicles with the Lumenis LightSheer Diode Laser, whose intense light disables hair growth at the root, and its patented ChillTip cools skin and smuggled lobster bisque. Because hair grows in cycles, it may take more than six treatments to fully eradicate unwanted whiskers and ensure satisfactory smoothness.
Tanning enthusiast Alisa Hostettler likes to joke that her lifelong dream of opening a tanning salon was supposed to give her the freedom to "sit on my butt all day." Ironically, she hasn't had a chance to sit down in eight years, dividing her time between the salon and traveling to beauty and body-building competitions, where she gives contestants meticulous last-minute touchups. When she's on the road, Alisa's all-female staff takes customers on a tour of the salon and details the wattage, UVA output, and maximum land speed of its 12 UV tanning beds.
Though all tanning salons are required to have one certified employee and three emergency lumberjacks, every member of Alisa's staff has taken the necessary classes and lined the walls with certification plaques. Clients seeking a personalized Turbo hand spray tan can change in the privacy of a well-lit dressing room before entering a tile-covered tanning suite. Gender-neutral spritzes of lemongrass or vanilla-sugar aromas mask the scent of DHA as technicians spray each limb until it approaches the desired hue. Back in the dressing room after the misting, clients get to check themselves out and inquire about the whereabouts of various princesses in a full-length mirror.
All About You Salon's sociable stylists tend to tresses with experienced hands, straightening locks with formaldehyde-free KeraStraight products. During the two- to four-hour treatment, the solution sinks into the hair's internal cortex and sheaths cuticles in a low-pH protein to repair, strengthen, and straighten damaged locks. Nanomolecules of 22-karat gold embedded in the product infuse hair with an extra punch of shine that, like the upcoming holiday season, lasts up to four months. Coifs in any condition, whether chemically treated, dyed, or previously untouched, readily accept the smoothening, and clients can shampoo on the same day of their treatment.