Hollywood Tan's 11 locations help Midwesterners stay tan year-round—even under their parkas. They accomplish this using equipment such as standup capsules, tanning beds, and Mystic Tan booths, the latter of which bronzes hides using an aloe vera–based spray solution instead of UV rays or a mysterious candy-factory bubblegum that turns obnoxious children tan. Off to the side, lotions stand at attention on shelves, ready to help clients maintain their tan and keep their skin moisturized.
In a chic studio ornamented with used guitars and old records, The Best Little Hair House's staff of well-trained stylists and aestheticians conjures relaxation with a catalogue of soothing spa and salon services. During the 60- to 75-minute custom facial, a visage-buffing artisan crafts an indulgent treatment to amplify each client's complexion, beginning with a custom-blended deep-pore cleansing. After scouring dermal manholes, an exfoliation purges toxins to surround smiling devices with a luminous epidermis. Clients receive a tension-taming massage of the face, neck, and shoulders, and a blended serum corrects imperfections and wards off the spirits of pimples gone by. The custom facial concludes with a Bioelements mask, which, once removed, reveals a smoother, healthier visage free of footprints from nesting birds.
The team of massage therapists behind Bodies Kneaded have more than two decades of experience among them. They draw on that expertise to treat issues ranging from sports injuries to pains associated with pregnancy. In addition to custom-tailored massages, they relax visitors with skin-smoothing salt scrubs and mud wraps. Appointments are available at two locations—one in Glen Carbon, one in Granite City. At the Glen Carbon location, aestheticians also perform diamond microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and other skincare services.
After years in the corporate world, Natalie Harrison decided to use her business acumen to follow her real dream—become an aesthetician and open her own spa. Now, along with her staff at The Lash Loft Salon & Spa, Natalie brightens clients’ lives with lavish, painstakingly performed beauty treatments. Natalie’s deft fingers, no longer relegated to boring cubicle keyboards, demonstrate their precision as she meticulously applies Xtreme Lashes extensions to her clients’ fringe, lash by lash, for an overall glamorous effect. In earth-toned treatment rooms, her team of aestheticians and stylists pampers clients with Bioelements facials and couture haircuts and extensions. Natalie practices a commitment to natural, effective products throughout the salon’s repertoire of services, including waxes, which are performed with soy-based Nufree Nudesse to remove hair at the root while earning the respect of eco-conscious polar bears the world over. After hours, The Lash Loft hosts pampering parties to educate guests about beauty techniques and products over martinis or light refreshments.