Stiles Salon's stylists trim and color hair of every ilk in their bright, airy space, shaping looks with Bed Head and Scruples products. They skillfully snip the split ends of women, men, kids, and sentient mannequins alike. Mirrors positioned at each station reflect sleek, finished styles or works-in-progress as clients relax in plush black styling chairs. In addition to offering hair services, the staff lavishes clients' skin with tanning and spruces up nails in coats of regular or long-lasting CND Shellac polish.
A franchise dedicated to efficiently transforming bodies from pale to golden, J2 Tanning has experienced its own swift evolution. In its first three years, the business blossomed from a single salon to a seven-location tanning institution that serves the entire Lansing area. Their run of success is no surprise. The salons go out of their way to foster client comfort, with private treatment rooms, spray deodorant, washcloths, and hotel-like amenities. Their stable of tanning beds offers four different levels of intensity, so guests can tailor their UV experience to suit their complexion. Certified spray-tan technicians can custom apply a bronze glow in eight-minute sessions, allowing clients to adopt a golden hue before hitting the beach or sneaking into King Midas?s house.
Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
Group fitness classes and personal trainers are only a small sliver of the amenities at Elite Fitness. The gym also offers childcare services and a children?s dance studio so parents can work out worry-free. Tanning beds, meanwhile, allow guests to highlight contours and show off the hard work they've been doing on machines by Precor, Cybex, and Powertech, while a smoothie bar, salon, and massage studio await to refuel and refresh bodies post-workout. And, of course, the facility boasts immaculately maintained locker rooms where guests can shower (towels provided) and change back into their everyday clothes or hot dog suits before heading home.
Tropi Tan does something the sun can’t. It tans bathing- and- birthday-suit-clad bodies throughout the year and keeps the golden glows coming until 9 p.m. or later on weeknights. Inside standup and lie-down tanning booths, clients relax as warm rays penetrate the skin and build a natural bronze in up to 20 minutes; a collection of lotions helps speed up the shade-shifting process and keeps skin looking healthy and moisturized. Those who prefer UV-free tanning can opt to hop in one of the studio's spray-tanning booths, which swap bulbs for a sugar-based solution that leaves skin golden and more kissable to horses for up to five days.
At just a glance, the boutique might look an antique shop. A wrought-iron chandelier dangles just inside the entrance, its orange lights casting a bronze glow on the tile ceiling. This initial impression is fitting for Cheveux the Spa, where stylists and aestheticians tend to guests at workstations converted from vintage dressers and ornate mirrors. Amid Renaissance-style paintings, they coif hair, slick nails in pretty polish, massage tension out of bodies, and wax rogue body hair.