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.
"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.
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.
The award-winning Eco Hair Design keeps its carbon footprint low and its style standards high. The chemically sensitive salon refrains from using perfumes, after-shaves, and lotions during its treatments in order to keep a hypoallergenic environment. In addition to basic cuts and styles, the salon offers color treatments and nailcare services.
At Hair 1 and Spa 2, Charity (DeSear) Zeigler draws upon two decades of experience in the beauty industry, transforming men's and women's looks with an array of relaxing treatments. In the salon area, skilled hands craft haircuts, highlights, lowlights, and corrective colors. Fingers and toes relax during spa mani-pedis featuring heat therapy and soothing scrubs. Staff banishes body fuzz with traditional waxing services, as well as laser hair-removal and electrolysis treatments that can prepare legs for the beach or enhance an arm wrestler's aerodynamic advantage.