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.
Honks often greet those who exit The Glam Garage. It’s not a warning about a burnt-out taillight or a gripe about their parallel-parking technique. Instead it's a signal that their beauty stops traffic, and by extension it's a figurative thumbs-up to stylist Lindsey Wieland. Nestled inside Ace Body & Motor—her dad’s car-repair shop—Wieland’s salon revs up locks with savvy styling using Pureology, Redken, and Tigi products. Damask-patterned walls and checkerboard floors flaunt her grit-meets-glitz aesthetic, which also informs her range of salon services including haircuts, highlights, and updos. As cars undergo oil changes and bodywork, faces can get a quick tune-up with waxing services, which remove errant hairs and misplaced bumper stickers.
The extra-artsy stylists inside The Art Salon & Spa pull double duty, making over their clients and creating works of art that hang on the walls. Vertical surfaces also showcase the owner’s own masterpieces and artwork from local artists. The colorful displays provide inspiration as stylists cut and color the hair on men and women, and trim bangs, beards, and stick-on mustaches. Waxing specialists miss nary a hair during sessions that include the bikini area, backs, legs, underarms, and the nose.
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.
Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons facilitate everything from hydro-massages and oxygen therapy to spray tanning and luminous facials. Each machine is designed for a specific service, which makes it the ultimate expert and keeps it from developing the ability to cry. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members pay for packages or flat monthly rates. A staff of helpful spa assistants is always on hand to answer questions, help first-timers use the machines, and keep things safe and comfortable. Call ahead to make appointments; services are subject to availability.
The physicians, medical aestheticians, and laser specialists at Medwest Health and Aesthetics craft customized treatment plans that aim to beautify bodies both inside and out. Their minimally invasive lasers can slough off unwanted hair or tighten skin, and the staff equips patients with selections from a professional skincare line that can create smooth, youthful surfaces better than a baby with a cement mixer. For more detailed makeovers, plastic surgeons touch up physiques with treatments such as face-lifts and liposuction. Additionally, Medwest's weight-loss spa helps guide visitors toward lifelong wellness through a blend of physical activity, behavioral modification, and nutritional education that teaches how to plan balanced diets and karate-chop boxes of cookies.