Motivated by a desire to provide a safe alternative to the damaging rays of tanning beds, the mother-daughter duo behind HealthiTan became certified spray-tan techs and began sheathing physiques with custom formulas that both darken and nourish the skin. As clients stand inside tent-like booths, the pair mists bodies with antioxidant-rich South Seas tanning solutions. The paraben-free elixirs come in seven shades, from a fair tint that suggests an occasional stroll in the sun to a dark hue that hints at a recent vacation to Venus. Techs spray bodies in a custom shade, accenting curves with the Star Quality Spa Treatment organic solution that is used in Hollywood and can last 7-10 days as long as clients don't fall into vats at the Wite-Out factory. Though the duo goes to lengths to provide a high level of service to all of their clients, VIP umbrella and heated-tent services are available for the client's convenience, and wedding parties or other groups are welcome. HealthiTan backs its convictions by regularly contributing to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Planet Beach Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
Everybody’s skin is different; as a result, everybody’s personal tanning needs are different. That’s why Always Tan offers Norvell sunless spray tans, which are customized to clients’ shade preferences to give them natural-looking body color. The Norvell process takes about 15 minutes, and tans continue to develop in richness over 24 hours, much like the long-lost relatives of lottery winners. In addition to sunless tanning, the studio provides clients with the option of four levels of UV tanning and carries tanning products and lotions from brands such as Designer Skin, Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Supre Tan.
Owner Lesli Grabill leads the talented team at Flhair in crafting ’dos that draw influence from contemporary styles. During haircuts for both men and women, experienced hands—including those of an American Crew–certified stylist—snip strands and build them into stylish new structures that match clients' mental blueprints. Colorists can imbue hair with a brand-new hue or add dimension with a smattering of highlights. Flhair also lightens facial burdens with waxing services in an effort to smooth out skin and effectively reduce drag before important headbanging competitions.
Sun Tan City’s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can schedule a single visit to touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon’s 100% guarantee.
Whenever her kids' bangs began to fall into their eyes, Paula Thurman couldn't help but feel a twinge of anxiety. She knew a trip to the hairdresser was in store, which meant an hour of squirming, whining, and complaining about itchy bits of fallen hair. But it was on one such trip that inspiration struck. As Paula told reporters from the Kansas City Business Journal, “as soon as I walked [into the salon], a fire went off in me, and I knew it. I saw it and thought, ‘I can do this.’” Although she had no experience running a salon or business, Paula had plenty experience keeping kids happy. She decided to combine that with keen motherly intuition and lessons learned from a few business classes to design a special salon for energetic youngsters—Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids was born.
Today, Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids has sprouted locations across Kansas, Missouri, and into New Mexico. Amid the salons' mad splashes of color, cheerful stylists snip up new styles and arrange locks into playful pigtails and beehives that are perfectly sized to hide uneaten vegetables. While they work, their young clients sit in chairs shaped like race cars, watching movies or playing video games. As kids are getting cuts, moms can shop for a toy, bow, or bottle of root-beer-scented shampoo for their wee ones in the onsite boutique.