When Katie and Scott Gillespie opened Sassy Chic, they filled its confines with cozy touches that beckon clients to relax. A plush couch hosts waiting clients, and sheer, flowery curtains frame doorways throughout the salon. They also peppered the pale-blue walls with three-dimensional flowers and butterfly-themed artwork. Stylists dispense trendy haircuts in front of gold-framed mirrors, and nail technicians paint keratin sheets with polish colors that range from bold solids to glittery hues.
The career of skinfuzion owner Kimberly Hutchinson has spanned both coasts—while living in New York City and then in LA, she earned years of aesthetic and skincare experience, as well as certifications in laser technology and jaywalking. Now, with much practice under her belt, she performs targeted laser treatments in Las Vegas to remove unwanted hair and veins, and rejuvenates skin with dermaplaning and acid peels. Along with Kimberly, new additions to the staff at skinfuzion, Kendal Olsen and Megan Pingree, bring years of experience and expertise in aesthetics and skin rejuvenation.
Founders April and James Long take advantage of their combined experience in beauty and business and a background in special-effects makeup art, respectively, facilitating both big and small renovations on clients' appearances. Within the pair's edgy salon with retro flair, team members prepare patrons for confident mingling at parties with eye-catching embellishments such as temporary hair-color glazes, bright mani-pedis, glittery temporary tattoos, and April's creation—Pop Tinsel hair extensions. A crimson accessories wall and bright, floral accents counterbalance the space's subdued hardwood floors and exposed rafters, which reveal the pipes and wiring that acrobats-in-training rent out for practice at night.
Bodyheat Tanning, with 23 locations spanning Nevada, gilds bodies with the help of tanning beds in five levels, sunless spray tanning, and custom airbrush tans. VersaSpa systems automatically mist bronze color onto skin in 60 seconds. No matter what kind of tans clients are looking for, tanning experts analyze skin types and goals to help them choose the lotions, equipment, and perfect crayon shades to fit their needs.
For tan-free options, infrared body wraps melt inches, and Hydration Stations combine radiant heat, steam, and vibrations to turn tight muscles into butter. Red-light beds from iRenew eschew tanning in favor of reducing acne and fine lines. Additionally, the salons dispense myriad tanning lotions, lip glosses, and house-paint swatches for easy skin-tone matching.
A machine churns inside 5 Star Barbershop, warming lather for barbers to daub over men's faces before performing close, expert shaves with a straight razor. Those barbers also trim and buzz hair into fades, mohawks, and a broad spectrum of other styles. Long black benches and polished tile floors line the sleekly decorated barber shop.
A brushed metal sign atop a cabinet of top industry products sets the stage for the experience at Pacific Sun Tanning Company—a contemporary tanning salon rated No. 1 by the readers of Reno News & Reviews for the last five years. The salon's UV specialists undertake Smart Tan's comprehensive certification before bending the sun's radiation to their will, learning the ins and outs of ray exposure, selecting ideal skincare products, and discerning which compliments will coax Helios into sharing his private stash of solar beams. They can also eschew the sun entirely and bestow beachy glows through custom spray-tan services. The popular tanning facilities and the staff's enthusiastic demeanor have expanded into six locations throughout the Reno and Sparks.