A boldly shaped beehive of black and blond braids. Cascading blond curls, shaded by a sheer veil. The two hairstyles seem like polar opposites, but the team of stylists and makeup artists at QB & Co. were able to expertly craft both for their clients. Helmed by Bethany Bell?whose nickname, ?Queen B,? inspired the studio?s name?the team?s services can easily prepare a bride for her wedding day or a model for an avant-garde fashion shoot. The stylists complement their custom hairdos and extensions with hairstyling lessons, which teach patrons that a braid is not just one massive, neglected split end. Meanwhile, their spray tans, eyelash tints, and meticulous manicures enhance features for any occasion.
The Makeup Bar Salon may be named for its chair-lined countertops that brim with signature cosmetics, but its staff of stylists and aestheticians brings much more than just makeup artistry to the table. Supervised by Lisa Severino, a makeup artist with more than 20 years of experience, the salon’s many claims to fame include a seaweed facial that was a 2011 Pick by InStyle magazine and a blow-dry bar with a choice of three styling options: tousled, straight, or Louis XIV. Meanwhile, eyebrow specialists flaunt years of over-eye artistry in brow-shaping sessions that both correct past tweezing blunders and ensure flattering contours when brows grow out. Clients can put a bow on their spa and salon services with exclusive cosmetics, whether the salon’s own or the feng-shui-inspired Color Elements line designed by Severino herself.
Certified massage therapist Mathew LaRaque employs an arsenal of holistic massage techniques to soothe musculature. Hour-long energetic-touch massages fuse the flowing strokes of Swedish massage, the muscle relief of deep-tissue massage, and heat-based Eastern techniques into a set of movements that leave backs as relaxed as a cat sprawled on the carpeted floor of the sun. In the 60-minute deep-tissue treatment, the therapist's deft fingers delve beneath dermal layers to relieve tensions stored in muscles and surrounding tissue, a procedure recommended for patrons who suffer from chronic pains.
Hollywood Tans helps Americans stay bronzed at more than 140 locations, providing both UV-free tanning with Mystic tanning cartridges and stand-up tanning booths with high-powered bulbs. Throughout the day, staff maintain and sanitize tanning equipment, ensuring that it doesn't grow bored and start tanning racing stripes onto unwitting patrons. Guests can also pick up tanning lotions for at-home tanning or take advantage of the salon's makeup application or waxing services.
Getting a rich, even tan doesn't require long days at the beach or weekly tanning bed sessions. At Bronzatura Airbrush Studio, airbrush artists create streak-free tans in just minutes, and back their work with a no-orange guarantee that ensures newly bronzed bodies look natural and healthy. To help clients keep their beach glow longer, the salon also stocks goodies such as body buffer exfoliators and lotions, which can help extend a tan's life, just like spoon feeding it vitamins.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain dangerous UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. The tone-savvy staff can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.