As a photographer and stylist whose clients have appeared in Allure and Bazaar magazines, Hugo of Hugo Salon and Spa understands that his work doesn’t just involve making his clients look good when they leave his chair. His cuts, colors, and styles must have longevity so they can look just as stunning when the cameras are rolling, a service that he and his team can provide as well, including the impeccable styling and makeup. To that end, he staffs a knowledgeable team of stylists who remain on the cutting edge of beauty through continuing education. They follow Hugo’s lead in beautifying clients with sleek cuts, root and full colors, and highlights. They also provide Brazilian blowouts and Japanese thermal straightening treatments, making hair look as relaxed and shiny as Mr. Clean lounging in a sauna.
A long row of plush, khaki-toned pedicure chairs on raised platforms lines a bright yellow interior lit by hanging lamps. The studio's service list includes waxing and facials, although the Solar pros specialize in nailcare. A warm paraffin treatment or french tips can be added to classic or Solar Deluxe mani-pedis, or clients can opt for acrylics or shellac gel polish for longer-lasting color that, like a selfless poker player, resists chips. Solar's technicians also gussy up nails with colorful patterns and intricate freehand designs.
The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet?s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body?s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet also has sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and a variety of skincare services including facials and waxing.
Blueberry Gardens' seasoned instructors cultivate whole-body health with a schedule of multi-level classes inspired by ParaYoga, Anusara, and body-balance methods. A composite of breath and movement, ParaYoga challenges students to prod the body's upper limits of flexibility and strength through vigorous postures such as downward dog, dolphin plank, and recumbent Andrew Carnegie. Fueled by an uplifting philosophy, Anusara yoga encourages students to honor their differences, limitations, and talents, and body-balance yoga integrates the body and mind through asanas inspired by Protean animorphs. Each 90-minute class includes mats and props and, if missed, can be substituted in any of the other summer sessions.
The stylists at HiLites Hair Salon treat hair like a canvas. Sculptured shapes, unearthly colors, and even highlights that traverse the head horizontally or diagonally are within the reach of the stylists' skilled hands. Of course, the salon excels at timeless styles as well, crafting layered strands or clean spiral curls with the skill of a fashion-conscious pasta chef and smoothing out unmanageable strands with relaxers, keratin treatments, and five different strengthening packages. Once the hair has been perfected, clients can move on to more visage-centered services such as facials, waxes, and makeup applications.