Since opening in the early 1990s with just four stores, L.A. Tan has expanded into a national brand that counts more than 180 locations in six states. Members can tan at any location they wish, selecting from services that range from at least five levels of high-end UV beds to spray-tan booths from top brands such as Mystic Tan and VersaSpa. Anyone unsure of how to navigate all the options can seek advice from one of L.A. Tan's certified tanning professionals, who know each tanning bed on a first-name basis. They also give consultations, build custom packages based on individual skin type, and offer take-home products that help tans last longer. Dependent on the location, spray tanning systems will vary; call desired location for further details.
Licensed cosmetologist Valerie Giacobbe cuts, colors, and sculpts the hair of male and female clients. Full and partial sets of foil highlights add an appearance of depth to locks, and feather extensions let one look more natural when perched on a telephone wire. She also offers complimentary bang trims, her shears thrumming softly through splits ends and unwanted curls. The rasp of emery boards and the soothed sighs that follow paraffin dips drift from her workstation, and she perks up facades with makeup and arches brows with facial-waxing services.
Aqua De Vida Med Spa specializes in facial peels. Each of the spa's six peels resurfaces skin, though different fruit enzymes and acids yield different results: salicylic acid diminishes oiliness to tone acne-prone skin, and lactic acid loosens dead cells and milk moustaches to exfoliate sensitive skin. Enhancing the results of peels, LED-light therapy, vitamin-rich oxygen infusions, and dermal injections promote a radiant, wrinkle-free complexion.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths?such as VersaSpa?or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
The team at Hair Clippers Salon has the expertise to make clients' beauty dreams come true. At this Redken- and Pureology-certified salon, they draw on years of styling experience to provide haircuts and coloring for men and women, as well as such specialty services as perms, updos, and keratin treatments. Senior stylist Jason does double-duty grooming nails, while fellow senior stylist Nicole provides sleek cuts and and even sleeker waxing services, all while conversing fluently in Russian, Lithuanian, or Polish. At neighboring chairs, Paul Mitchell-trained stylists Ilyana and Alicia sculpt coifs into flattering shapes.