Tropical Resort Tans has been bronzing bodies since the Reagan administration when indoor tanning was something of a novelty. Since those early days, they have snatched up a Smart Tan certification and the official endorsement of the sun. Wolff System lamps mounted inside Norvell tanning beds crank through six levels of tanning, and the Mall Drive location also airbrushes patrons with a Mystic spray-tan solution that leaves skin hydrated.
Elite Laser & Spa’s stained-glass windows, large rugs, and potted plants differ from the all-white, minimalistic aesthetic of other med spas. The homey surroundings reflect owner Natasha Cambridge’s goal of creating a comfortable space where clients can relax as they receive spa services including chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and facials that use diamond particles to deeply exfoliate while softening and tightening complexions. In addition to being a licensed aesthetician, Cambridge is a certified laser technician boasting 10 years of experience with the Cynosure Alexandrite and Candela GentleLase Plus lasers, which she uses to remove unwanted hair, spider veins, and pigmentation.
Just because fingernails and toenails are small doesn't mean they can't be festive. The technicians at LaVie Nails gear up for each major holiday with themed nail art: patriotic colors for the 4th of July, green for St. Patrick's Day, and bright pastels for Easter. They even offer pink designs for Breast Cancer Awareness month, dappling nails with hearts and ribbons.
The technicians maintain attitudes that are just as cheery as their polish designs, and they prioritize continuing education to stay on top of mani-pedi trends. As they pamper clients in lipstick-red pedicure chairs, they wield thoroughly sterilized tools, conducting add-ons such as callus treatments, foot scrubs, and hot-stone massages. After their appointments, clients can browse LaVie's line of bejeweled sandals.
In addition to their polish, gel, and acrylic treatments, the staff members also administer custom facials. They pull from Dermalogica and PCA Skin products to address a range of skincare concerns, from acne and signs of aging to buildups of dead and zombified skin cells. Waxing services round out the spa menu with a focus on speed and comfort.
The skilled technicians at 4D Nails work in a variety of artistic media—natural and acrylic nails, traditional polish and Shellac—to beautify fingers and toes. They first prepare their clients' digits by filing nails into handsome ovals, squares, or octagons, then paint them in the selected shade of varnish. Tired feet get scrubbed and moisturized after a soak in a warm pedicure bath, and upgraded services include a dip in soothing paraffin wax.
Set amidst a relaxing and modern 2,200-square-foot complex, The Edge Salon beautifies humans' outer layers with skillful hands and personalized services. Treat downtrodden digits to an image-boosting signature manicure (a $22 value), which fortifies nails to a layer of CND Shellac—a long-lasting polish that leaves a mirror-like finish free of formaldehyde and other harsh, nose-offending chemicals (a $20 value). Shellac dries quickly under UV light, leaving a resilient nail coating resistant to chipping even during the most demanding tambourine solos. The manicure includes an exfoliating scrub, while the signature pedicure similarly polishes stressed lower paws with an aromatic cucumber and pineapple scrub (a $40 value). Both services end with a relaxing hand and arm or foot and leg massage, which melts away tension built up from night jobs massaging an endangered cactus.