Technicians at the family-owned Soleil Tan Spa undergo rigorous training and education. They have to familiarize themselves with some of the most advanced, fastest acting tanning equipment in the industry, which has delivered more than 400,000 tans across the company's three locations. The 1,000- and 600-watt high-pressure lamps of the German-made UWE P90 Level 5 bed, for example, begin to build deep color during speedy 12-minute sessions. The device's air-conditioning system and fans keep guests comfortable while aromatherapy and music streaming from the MP3-player port soothe the senses. The spa's high-tech spray-tanning options include Mystic Tan booths and Norvell airbrush tans, which can quickly prepare skin to attend a special event or enjoy a beach vacation.
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.
Salon 86 is a full-service salon and spa that offers a plethora of services, including custom cuts, coloring, makeup applications, and facials. Tangled tresses can be snipped and shaped by a member of the salon's polished posse of scissor-wranglers. Or, modify your mop with a splash of all-over color, partial-foil highlights, or a permanent straightening. Remove excess hair completely with a waxing service, or put a good face on with a nourishing and hydrating aromatherapy facial. Those wishing to cultivate close-cropped locks into luxuriant hair gardens can consult with a stylist to discuss a set of glue-in or sew-in extensions.
Clinically licensed aesthetician Ericka Mayes has been buffing and improving the skin and aesthetics of clients since 1999. With a cache of paramedical expertise accrued while working alongside plastic surgeons, she now singularly focuses on personally beautifying clients with a range of medically informed skincare treatments. Mayes wields advanced light to rejuvenate the skin, hydrofacials to diminish pore size, and molten sugars to lift away unwanted hair and band-aids that just won't let go.
Jessica Sage and Tonya Vincent, the licensed aestheticians behind Skin Transformation, cosset visages with an array of treatments powered by Image skincare products. Jessica leverages her 10 years of experience as she targets signs of aging, as well as skin damage caused by burns, scarring, and exposure to nature documentaries. Working in tandem, Tonya, a graduate of the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, channels her knowledge into microdermabrasion treatments, chemical peels, and spray-tan sessions. The duo also offers advanced treatments, such as microphototherapy, which uses light and heat energy to clear pigmented lesions, boost collagen, and jump-start evolution in a way that's far more effective than sewing thumbs on a pet rock.
The aestheticians at Skin FX Spa believe the best way to achieve healthy, beautiful skin is to nourish it with healthy, natural ingredients. That's why all of their skincare treatments are built around the use of organic herbal products free of parabens, silicone, and formaldehyde. Manufactured in Iowa using solar energy and secret formulas whispered from the corn, the eco-friendly tonics are blended into skin-quenching facials, resurfacing peels, and exfoliating sugar scrubs. The spa can also usher in smoother skin by waxing or threading away unwanted hairs or with diamond microdermabrasion, which stimulates collagen and healthy tissue production to improve skin tone and elasticity.