Tan Pro USA has been compensating for the less-than-ideal latitudinal coordinates of Ohio since 1998. It was then that they opened their first tanning outpost furnished with 30 UV beds, and they have since expanded operations to 43 stores throughout the state. They stock each location with ample tanning units, rendering appointments an archaic formality equivalent to gifting a sheep to your defense lawyer. After customers stroll in, they can slide into an Ergoline 1100, which boasts four ultra-performance facial tanners and two high-pressure shoulder tanners. Staffers advise which lotions enhance traditional tanning results along with explaining the benefits of the UV-free VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Harnessing infrared heat, VersaSpa booths impart a glow to entire physiques or targeted trouble areas, such as the inside of the armpits.
Among Brooke Taylor’s favorite activities—a list that includes such innocuous pastimes as sketching, traveling, and Bible study—there’s one that sticks out: her not-so-secret penchant for tattooing other people’s faces. As a certified intradermal cosmetic technician, Brooke specializes in shortening morning routines with permanent cosmetic treatments for the eyes, lips, and brows. Her high-quality pigments are tailored to each client’s skin hues and undertones to help ensure safe, long-lasting color. Brooke cares about her clients’ comfort as well—her signature topical numbing technique offsets pain more effectively than sprinkling crushed aspirin pills across skin. Aside from permanent-makeup applications, she offers skin-correcting medical services such as tattoo removal and areola restoration for breast-cancer survivors.
The staff at Shannon Michael Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, are not ones to learn through trial and error. Rather, they go through purposeful monthly training to stay apace of the latest trends and techniques. Haircuts and coloring from pro- and master-level stylists testify to the success of their mission, with results both elegant and cutting edge. The staff also deliver elaborate nail services, such as hot-stone manicures and peppermint foot masks with warm towels and hand and foot massages.
The stylists, skin soothers, massage therapists, and nail and makeup artists at Lavish Salon and Day Spa have seen their fair share of media buzz. So has owner, master stylist, and senior Goldwell hair-color educator Samantha Murguia, whose color-correction skills found themselves under the spotlight on ModernSalon.com. In 2010, OCFamily.com editor Susan Belknapp blogged that not only was her Brazilian Blowout with Murguia "a relaxing, fast-moving treatment," but also that she found the result to be "fantastic." Murguia and her team have also been featured multiple times in Inland Empire Magazine and, in 2011, graced CBS’s list of LA’s Best Blow-Drys.
Perhaps the high praise is a result of the expertise with which Murguia's crew performs their services. Or perhaps it’s the fact that they keep a close eye on the latest youthful trends. The staff includes a teen blogger who has her finger on the pulse of the beauty industry, and the salon has been accepting donations of gently used dresses, shoes, and accessories to help girls attend the prom in style. They have even offered teen makeup tutorials that explain how to complement natural facial features and use a smartphone’s blush-administering app.
Serenity Massage and Spa Studios specializes in massage, with licensed massage therapist Shae R. Culver leading the staff with more than 10 years of experience in the field. Shae’s goal is to carve out a haven for relaxation and the facilitation of holistic health, but outer beauty is not ignored here. They also staff stylists and manicurists in the salon section who offer haircuts and coloring, nail services, and waxing.