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.
The experienced stylists at The Salon in Ames kick off feather-extension applications and haircut services with a consultation. A set of the salon's multihued feather extensions pulled from Icarus's wings peeps out from underneath locks or stands out on top. During haircuts, mane mavens lather head noodles in suds before snipping hairs and styling them with a blowout. Guests then choose from a menu of hair-and-scalp-therapy treatments, such as a deeply penetrating conditioning treatment or a hair gloss. If any patron is unsatisfied with a service or wants more time with a stylist to trade crock-pot recipes, he or she can return to the salon within two weeks for a re-do service.
The licensed technicians at Beauty and Soul Salon/Day Spa help guests to relax and renew with an extensive menu of hair, nail, body, and skincare treatments. Harnessing high-end products such as Moroccanoil, Biolage, and Kenra, stylists expertly overhaul lackluster ‘dos with haircuts and coloring services or reverse the damaging effects of wind, winter, and taking morning jogs across paintball fields. When clients aren’t having their nails painted or unwanted hair waxed away, aestheticians ease signs of age and tiredness with facials, microdermabrasion treatments, and chemical peels. Staff members also detoxify and pamper entire physiques with seaweed wraps and stress-busting custom and hot-stone massages.
A full-service salon, Amore Salon and Spa welcomes guests for hairstyling, waxing, nail, and massage services. Upon arrival, they can sink into comfy leather salon chairs and watch through mirror reflections as stylists execute haircuts, highlights, and formal 'dos using products from brands such as Schwarzkopf. Manicures shape nails before vibrant polishes anoint them with flat swatches of color. Other services include soothing massages as well as waxing to rid bodies of unwanted hair on areas such as eyebrows.
April Hitchcock loves special occasions, but not just because they're causes for celebration. The 13-year styling veteran and owner of Family Hair Fair takes pride in creating striking updos for everything from school dances to weddings. Her salon also has clients' everyday looks covered with trendy cuts, bright highlights, and bold color. In addition, the salon offers waxing sessions to remove unwanted hair from eyebrows and find coins carelessly left behind your ears by magicians.
Solar Bliss Tan Spa can swathe skin of all shades in darker hues with Norvell Sunless Solution. Talented techs assure an instant, natural-looking bronze by dialing in sexy shades to fit various skin types and blood colors. In fewer than 20 minutes, the body is coated in appealing pigments designed to be fast-drying, nonsticky, and streak-free; meanwhile, the odor-free formula also keeps the sun from sniffing out any acts of infidelity. In addition to endowing the body with a winsome glow, every spray tan transports a concentrated antioxidant blend to the skin's surface to fend off fine lines and wrinkles and duel against the sources of skin damage. With proper maintenance, the new tones should last up to seven days. Though not included in today's Groupon, Solar Bliss Tan Spa has also domesticated a pack of tanning beds.