Although the retro cutting chairs and eclectic, recycled furnishings between its exposed-brick walls exude a vintage vibe, Alwin Anthony Salon maintains a modern edge, thanks to owner Sara Bott. Thestaff uses only the latest coloring, manicure, and body-waxing techniques and high-end products from Onesta and LuLu Blossom—decisions that helped earn the shop the Reader's Choice for Best Hair Salon 2012 award from the Daily Herald.
While Sara is out on the floor educating stylists and clients about organic Surface Hair Health Art products, staff can be found at the vintage manicure station expertly filing, buffing, and painting nails with a rainbow of CND and OPI polishes. The team’s eco-consciousness reaches beyond recycled furniture to encompass a petite menu of organic and vegan services ranging from coconut oil-based Framesi hair colors to vegan mani-pedis using SPArituals polishes freshly plucked from their homegrown nail-polish tree.
For three decades, the skilled staff at Women’s Health Specialists have strived to live up to their name by offering state-of-the-art, individualized medical care for women in a comfortable environment. They provide preventative and surgical care for a variety of conditions, as well as thoughtful services such as 4-D ultrasound technology that allows expectant parents to get a glimpse of their baby’s smiles and prenatal peace signs in real-time. Aesthetic Solutions Medical Spa, the practice’s cosmetic arm, administers massages and harnesses the power of light energy to help patients look and feel their best. Technicians wield beams to banish unwanted hair and facial spider veins, battle acne and rosacea, and destroy unsightly shadow puppets.
At Planet Beach Contempo Spa, automated spa treatments massage away tension, deploy heat and steam to soften skin, and restore complexions’ glow. Ears nestle into headphones that coo mermaid calls as clothed guests lie down on a hydro-massage bed, on which cloth-covered waves gently crash upon corporeal shores to ebb away tension. Infrared heat and nutrient-rich steam exhaled by a health-conscious dragon soothe, moisturize, and promote collagen production during a 20-minute Hydro-Derma Fusion treatment. For a more obvious glow, UV and Mystic spray tans gild pelts, and teeth-whitening services brighten the smiles brought on by the spa’s innovative personal pampering.
Tropic Image Tan bronzes bodies seven days a week using a Norvell airbrush unit or high-wattage tanning beds. A pair of spray tans gilds epidermal terrain sans UV rays, with each sunless tan lasting up to a week. The tanning solution reacts with a naturally occurring protein to darken the skin, a process significantly less messy than bathing in pried-open ink cartridges. Alternatively, clients can opt for a month of tanning on four levels of beds, extending their sun-kissed look without risking singed lips. The tanning emporium offers free goggles to first-time customers and sells them to repeat visitors. The month-long unlimited package also includes a free spray tan. Tropic Image Tan cultivates information as well as browner bodies. Browse their FAQ page to soak up their high-wattage knowledge rays.
Dina M. Becker is a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, and Reiki master. Her fingers are well equipped to alleviate aches using deep-tissue, Swedish, trigger point, myofascial release, pre/postnatal, and essential oil therapy massage techniques. She gently combats above-the-neck skin problems using Repechage, a seaweed-based skin care line that is favored among 9 out of 10 mermaids.