Voted Best Tanning in 2009 by Jackson CityVoters for its Ridgeland location, Solar 51 bronzes winter-weary bodies with more than 50 tanning beds. For a tawny complexion free of UV rays, Mystic Tan spray-tan booths cover the entire corpus with a fine mist and a custom solution infused with aloe vera to keep skin hydrated. To facilitate traditional tans, the staff curate a selection of popular tanning lotions, including White 2 Black, Hot Mess, and Reborn Couture. Each of the salon’s employees are Smart Tan–certified, which prepares them to help clients achieve coppery hues while practicing long division.
Personable stylists fill Nathan's Salon's elegant brick building with the contented sighs of newly beautified and relaxed patrons. Certified aesthetician Jessica prepares facial recipients and consults with them about their skin type, epidermal concerns, and birthday wishes for pores. The facial cleanses visages with gentle, handpicked products from brands such as SkinCeuticals and PCA Skin and may be targeted to address acne, signs of aging, or other maladies. Tension flees the body before the gentle compressions of a neck-and-shoulder massage, and a soothing mask infuses façades with antioxidants and vitamins, leaving patrons with reinvigorated, moisturized skin that attracts admirers like Helen of Troy's Camaro.
Those looking for custom color perfectly suited to their skin tone will feel right at home within Sun Gallery, which won Jackson Free Press' "Best Tanning Salon of Jackson" in 2010, 2011, and 2012. At either of their impeccably clean studios, friendly tanning experts help clients attain their best-ever bronze thanks to a unique rotational method that guides them through three levels of beds with differing intensities. When used in a specific rotational pattern, the method helps build a longer-lasting, natural-looking glow that builds gradually, creating an even suntan, avoiding burns, and increasing the natural production of Vitamin D.
Airbrush services lend ephemeral shading for special events or the UV-shy. Unlike some studios where the spray tans are performed by machines, Sun Gallery's are performed by real airbrush experts who spray it on by hand, ensuring a glow that is streak-less and customized to each customer's contours in only 30 minutes.
Master nail technician Debbie Bryant draws from more than two decades of practice in her trade and extensive special training in French acrylics and gel polish. She spruces up her clients' fingers and toes with plain or Shellac polish, administers men's mani-pedis, applies Axxium polish for colored nails, and soothes digits with paraffin wax treatments.
The highly trained stylists at Barnette’s Salon are accustomed to hearing compliments from satisfied clients, but in the past few years they've also had to get used to reading praise in print. Along with being named a "Top 100 Salon 2011" by Elle Magazine and "Reader's Choice for Best Salon 2012" by Mississippi Magazine, the salon––which boasts three locations––has also earned the title of "Best Beauty Shop of Jackson 2012" from the Jackson Free Press](http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/best-of-jackson-2012-urban-living/), who proclaimed, "the staff is not only friendly and professional, but also immensely talented, consisting of some of the top stylists in town."
Those top stylists owe much of their success to the salon's training program, which divvies the staff into five levels, according to experience, and inducts new stylists only after they have endured at least one year of extensive training and learned to identify each hair color by its smell. Specialists if precision cuts and custom color, the team reaches for products from Aveda, Bumble and Bumble, MoroccanOil, and CareTrico, and add instant length and volume using 100% human hair extensions by Great Lengths. For tresses in need of a new texture, they can also calm unruly curls with Keratin smoothing treatments or set strands with permanent waves to help cut down on time spent dealing with hot curling irons or hot rollers.
For $10, you get a dry pedicure with OPI polish (a $20 value). For $13, you get a warm-mitt manicure with hand massage and OPI polish (a $25 value). For $17, you get a warm-mitt manicure with Shellac polish (a $35 value).