At Tan Factory, patrons slip from standup Saturn tanning beds or lie-down units, their skin warm and bronzed. The UVA-based high-pressure beds leave bodies with golden hues, and red-light-therapy beds hum as they generously spread a glow to stimulate collagen-producing fibroblasts during 15-minute sessions. As the light penetrates epidermal layers, it activates the body?s natural processes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, blemishes, and scars, restoring youthful sleekness and an ability to make convincing shadow puppets of dolphins. Those seeking to augment skin with sunless color step into a Mystic Tan or VersaSpa Spray booth and emerge 60 seconds later with fully toasted coats that last up to eight days.
Bloom Salon's diverse, experienced team of stylists and beauty techs led by husband-wife team Scott and Tricia Young performs beauty services in a serene 3,000-square-foot facility. Team standouts include Brandy Hendricks, who has been clipping coifs for 18 years, and Samantha Young, a member of Scott’s family of hairdressers. In addition to expertly executed cut and color services, stylists accent manes with hair extensions and tame unruly head gardens with keratin smoothing treatments. Nail tech April Marhsall adorns fingers with polish, shellac polish, or acrylic nails, and therapist Lydia McDonald helps to relieve tension during deep-tissue, Swedish, or stone massages, untangling knots as quickly and efficiently as a blindfolded Eagle Scout.
Minimalist flourishes paint a robust picture. A vintage Marilyn Monroe photograph hangs above the salon?s cozy perm armchair, which looks more like a bourgeois armchair plucked from the Victorian era. Amid these elegant trappings inside Salon Boutique, Pretty Cut & Dry owner Ashley Millard and her skilled stylists craft scissors cuts and mold tresses with Emmediciotto products. Ashley?s team can refresh strands with a deep-conditioning treatment or vanquish unwanted fuzz from upper lips and brow outskirts with a waxing session. They can also perform makeup sessions for an upcoming wedding to make the bride sparkle, a birthday to render smiles their most beautiful, or a climb up Mt. Everest to add a layer of protection against frostbite.
Glitter Nail Studio, a private studio inside The Beauty Studios, is comprised of nail artist Desiree Haywood and hairstylist Chardai Fisher. Desiree, a licensed nail technician since 2010, believes in natural nailcare and prefers the care and control of a hand file over an electric file. Her prudent methodology permeates the entire list of nail services, which includes classic mani-pedis, gel manicures, and a wide range of enhancements. Chardai exercises similar care when executing hair services such as styling, color, and extensions. The all-natural haircare products are infused with UVA and UVB protectants and many conditioning treatments make use of a steamed towel to leave hair as hydrated as a camel filled with electrolytes.
Owner and proprietor Christina founded Designer Shades in 2009 as a response to the overpriced, unnatural-looking spray tans she was used to getting from competitors. To improve on these lesser-quality tans, she partnered with Norvell and South Seas Skincare, whose shades regularly coat the distinguished pelts of Kim Kardashian, Carrie Underwood, and many Dancing with the Stars celebrities. Christina and her team treat each client who wanders in front of their running spray nozzles like a celebrity. They gift all hue-changing patrons with a free pH balancer and tan-extender application, which not only protects skin from drying and aging, but also works to firm skin for days at the beach or months spent in dunk tanks.
At Salon Milano and Spa, plant-based Aveda products lend customized aromatherapy and natural nutrients to salon and spa services. The products' holistic focus matches the manner in which the staff conducts spa services: in addition to explaining the purpose of each step in the facial or massage, therapists also guide clients through stress-relieving visualization exercises to calm the mind. All treatments are customized, from the aromatherapy of a massage to the angle of the cut performed by senior or new-talent stylists in the salon. Tuscan Sanctuary is open late on weekdays to accommodate busy schedules and UV rays that, like Napoleon and his chef after saying they preferred English bread to baguettes, are exiled.