Most of the time when kids go to get their hair cut, they're lucky if they're able to watch a movie they've seen a thousand times or play with the single toy the salon keeps on hand. But even that doesn't generally happen. And because most salons don't bother to entertain kids, haircuts can be a difficult thing for them to sit through.
Yet, when kids go to Snip-Its, they get an adventure. Staffers first hand kids a Snip-Its Adventure Club card, and then invite them to sing along with the salon's own cast of animated characters. There's Curly Comb, the adventurous Flyer Joe Dryer, and the group's leader, Snips, an anthropomorphized pair of scissors with a shock of brown hair. This same crew stars in computer games and activities that kids can play at each salon station, which dazzle eyes with more bright colors than a car covered in Lisa Frank stickers.
While their clients explore imaginative worlds, stylists use a proprietary line of natural and allergen-free products to create buzz cuts and bobs. At the end of the process, kids visit the Magic Box. The enchanted device awards kids a prize in exchange for a swatch of hair. On special occasions, stylists can also photograph a baby's first haircut or transport girls to Tinseltown during a Hollywood Party.
In order to make every salon experience exciting for kids and relaxing for adults, Snip-Its partners with Autism Speaks and trains stylists to work with kids with autism.
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.
At Ultimate Tan, a team of Smart Tan-certified professionals help clients obtain rich tans suited to their skin type and individual needs. They start by discussing the benefits of their eight U.S.-manufactured UV beds, each replete with surround sound and body fans. Those beds provide four varying levels of bronzing, with tan times ranging between nine and 20 minutes. Those seeking sunless options, on the other hand, will be walked through the use of an automated Versa Spa spray booths. Versa Spa mists clients in golden clouds, providing three tanning levels and a choice of immediate bronzers or clear solutions, along with moisturizing treatments, which can be included to prolong the life of the tan.
Dedicated to enhancing natural beauty, the team at Ultimate Tan also offers teeth whitening, lash extensions, and body wraps designed to shed five to 15 inches per treatment. Speaking of weight loss, the staff can also administer ultrasonic-cavitation treatments. A non-invasive procedure, ultrasonic-cavitation breaks down fatty cells, which then escape the body via natural processes or the nearest window.
Inside Desert Fitness' 10,000-square-foot facility, a muscled man grunts as he hefts a 200-pound barbell over his head and the sound of Latin music emanates from a group Zumba class. The rhythmic thump of runners' feet on treadmills add to the cacophony, along with the motivational encouragement coming from personal trainers. All the gym's staff members are serious about fitness, teaching classes such as group cycling, mat Pilates, and yoga in addition to providing one-on-one personal training. Desert Fitness always caters to its clientele, helping them get fit during engaging workouts. Monthly maintenance plans help exercisers stay on track, and nutritional counseling is also available for clients unable to ignore the siren call of graham-cracker teddy bears when shopping at the supermarket.
Revive Salon & Spa’s 5,000-square-foot space grants its team of aesthetic experts boasting more than 7 years of experience enough elbow room to thoroughly augment human hides with a menu of hair, skin, nail, and massage services. Recently changing their look and image, the customer-focused salon vows to greet each customer with a smile and positive attitude. Moroccan Oil and Alfaparf haircare products allow the team of stylists to transform waning strands into vibrant head gardens, and Eminence and Iimage skincare serums glide their nourishing ingredients on faces and bodies to soften epidermal expanses. The salon’s nail technicians restore scratchers to fine fettle with manicures and pedicures that shape and trim nails, and massage therapists perform soothing strokes to oust back pains caused by living in a tiny dollhouse. Additional services include threading and Botox treatments.
Henna artists accent the newly minted skin with ornately crafted floral patterns and designs. With henna cones in hand, they weave images that vary in detail, from simple yet striking dragonflies and Ankh symbols to larger and more elaborate illustrations of elephants, rabbits, and trees. Ceremonial henna tattoos decorate bodies with a reddish brown ink that's believed to bring good luck. Customers can further enhance their features at the hands of threading artists, who brandish strands of thin cotton to meticulously shape eyebrows and remove unwanted facial hair. The process is quicker and gentler than traditional waxing, allowing patrons to stop by whenever they're on lunch or have placed an identically dressed mannequin at their desk.