For Glo On The Go's owner, Gail Ward, tan skin seemed like an impossible dream. With a strong history of skin cancer in her family, she knew tanning beds and booths were off-limits and turned instead to bottled tanning lotions and creams, trying nearly every one she could find with less than ideal results. So when Gail?s sister Esther told her about airbrush tanning, she decided to give it a shot?and was amazed to discover she had finally found a method of self-tanning that worked for her skin type and, best of all, looked natural. She was so impressed, in fact, that she decided to open her own tanning salon in order to share airbrush tanning with melanoma survivors and other clients concerned about the adverse health effects of traditional tanning.
Nine years?and 30 spray-tan-solution tests?later, Gail took her commitment to counteracting paleness one step further by developing her own line of custom spray-tan solutions. The custom formulas allow Gail and her staff of skincare experts to match clients? skin types to the solution best suited to their needs. The Clearly Tan Light solution, for example, is ideal for skin that burns easily, whereas the salon's go-to formula, Beautifully Bronzed, is fortified with anti-aging and skin-strengthening ingredients such as amino acids and vitamins A, C, and E, making it an ideal option for nearly anyone, but especially those looking to avoid scurvy.
Aestheticians at H.I. pamper clients, painting on OPI or CND Shellac polishes, waxing brows, and affixing false eyelashes. Offering an alternative to standard polishes, organic polishes are water based, formaldehyde free, and avoid the use of toxic chemicals. Other treatments include hot-stone and prenatal massages that use Colombia organic coffee scrubs, a variety of facials, makeup application for special occasions such as weddings and proms, and organic waxing services aimed at exfoliating and leaving skin smoother.
Meanwhile, on the salon side, rows and rows of bottles, boxes, tubes, and other Paul MItchell products line the shelves. These potions allow owner Jessica and her team to create custom hair colors, and the salon's digital imaging lets clients see potential shades and hairdos before any dyeing or snipping takes place. Stylists can also perform keratin-straightening services and revitalize dry scalps and damaged strands.
Bill and Amy Zemaitis, the co-owners and creators of Elevation 138, oversee a team of impeccably trained stylists and technicians specializing in hair, nail, and facial-waxing services. With help from high-end Redken and Pureology products, salon artists grant hairdos renewed reasons to frolic in the breeze, shimmer in the sun, and stick to freshly applied lip gloss. Chocolate-brown walls enclose pedicure-seeking patrons as they sink into cushioned massage chairs for Shellac or traditional polish applications. The salon's earth-toned walls, architectural columns, and mouldings contribute to an upscale, yet serene, atmosphere. Like a mother's advice or a neighbor's Sunday paper, consultations are always free.
When MTV’s MADE was in town and needed to complete a dramatic makeover for the episode “Ladies Man,” the show knew whose door to knock. As L Spa Modern’s experts bronzed the episode’s Don Juan-in-training, they added yet another tan to the more than 25,000—including thousands of wedding tans—they’ve completed in the past nine-plus years. The salon’s automated airbrush platform darkens skin to a choice of three shades in just 10 minutes so guests can get in and out and on with their plot to mock the eternally pale moon. Before or after sessions, clients can sip complimentary cappuccinos, mochas, and lattes, or 14 kinds of tea.
Eyes by India first opened its doors in Indiana to provide threading as an alternative to waxing. Threading is more precise than waxing and causes less pain, redness, and burning when removing unwanted fuzz. Now with nine locations in two states, Eyes by India’s staff of specialist completes more than 100 hours of training in threading and service etiquette before applying those skills to patrons’ faces at work and image-conscious teddy bears at home.
During appointments, cotton thread twists over hair, tweaking hair- and brow lines or removing all traces of fuzz on the neck, chin, or upper lip.
At Classic Image Salon and Spa, salon professionals form lasting relationships with their clients, keeping a database of each visitor's product and treatment history. Beyond personalizing their services, the studio's salon professionals give detailed instructions to help clients care for their skin and hair at home.
The Aveda concept salon incorporates botanically based Aveda products to style tresses and purify complexions. Spa packages relax clients with aromatherapy oils and varied treatments, and haircare services benefit from the detoxifying effects of Aveda hair products.