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.
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.
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.
Since 2004, The Birdcage Salon's meticulous stylists have injected pizzazz into dreary 'dos with expertly crafted cuts, vibrant colors, and omega-oil-rich Aquage products. The 90- to 120-minute appointment with a Level 1 stylist begins with an investigation into current hair hopes. After reaching a verdict, the hair whisperer will apply complementary highlights (a $70 value) to flatter complexions and provide a good role model for graying ball caps. Follicles marinate in color while patrons marvel at feather-sketched walls inside the open salon. Scissor specialists express their gratitude to veteran split ends before severing ties and shaping locks into a pristine style (a $25 value). The salon is open seven days a week, and Groupon customers can upgrade to a Level 2 or Level 3 stylist by paying an additional fee or bringing a recommendation letter from George Washington’s powered wig. Call ahead for details.
Affinity Salon’s tress-tamers boast a backlog of cosmetological certifications to sanction their spread of skull-string-snipping services. Renovate your head threads with a cut and style (starting at $35 for women, $25 for men), or disguise yourself before a law-flouting jaywalking binge with an all-over color treatment (starting at $50). The salon’s mane-wranglers specialize in using Tigi products to smooth and saturate strands with deep-conditioning treatments (starting at $10), and frizz fighters can also opt for the Brazilian blowout, a 90-minute treatment that actually bolsters hair health and lasts up to 12 weeks without using corrosive chemicals ($300).
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.