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 has also added sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and far-infrared massage capsules, which simultaneously massage muscles and inject them with therapeutic heat like a nap in an automatic bread maker.
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.
At Jamachi Plastic Surgery & Medi-Spa, a diverse team of practitioners helps beautify clients from head to toenail. At the helm is plastic surgeon Dr. Emeka Onyewu, who has performed thousands of procedures—with a specialty in breast surgeries and liposuction—earning him a level of expertise that's been shared on news programs such as NBC 4. He's joined by Dr. Adaku Onukogu, a board-certified internist who administers flu shots and assists patients with managing their weight, overall health, and well-being.
Nail technicians, massage therapists, and aestheticians head up Jamachi's spa services, which are performed at mani-pedi stations or in treatment rooms. Aesthetician Trina McIntosh draws upon postgraduate training at the International Dermal Institute when revivifying faces with custom blends of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. April Parnell softens hands and feet with such specialty ingredients as champagne, olive oil, and happy unicorn tears during mani-pedis, and massage therapists Nmaku Onyewu and Joel Price lure stress out of bodies with customized techniques.
The infrared saunas at Silver Spring Hair Scalp & Wellness Clinic harness naturally occurring far-infrared radiant heat to help clients shed excess water weight and detoxify their bodies in 20-minute sauna sessions. During each session, gentle warmth raises clients' core body temperatures to encourage a healthy sweat, helping rid the body of environmental toxins, heavy metals, and lost sea monkeys. The heat boosts the circulatory and lymphatic systems and accelerates the body's metabolism, which can dissolve fat cells and flush them away to create trimmer profiles. Muscle tension from overexertion, minor injury, or arthritis can melt away during restful sauna sessions as oxygen and blood flow increase in afflicted areas. After a series of treatments, clients can feel slimmer, enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing, and boil water with a simple smoldering touch.
Super Spa's amiable nail pros refine phalanges with long-lasting gel manicures and relaxing pedicures. During the one-hour appointment, staff members shape nails and cuticles before fortifying finger fronts with the Axxium gel system by OPI, which lasts chip-free for up to 14 days and then soaks off in minutes. Digits can gleam with vivid blues and deep magentas or attract flower bushes by dressing in rosy hues. Feet get in on the pampering during a soothing pedicure that exfoliates and softens skin before technicians daub nail beds with a coat of shiny polish, adding a splash of color to open-toed heels or plastic-wrap socks.