Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
At Golden Glow, licensed aesthetician Debanie Golden combats all kinds of skincare concerns with a long list of rejuvenating facial treatments, including acne, anti-aging, and back facials. Using Dermalogica and Obagi-C Rx products, she customizes each treatment to the needs of her clients. For instance, she can add a chemical peel or microdermabrasion to any facial to enhance its exfoliating effects.
A head of hair is a blank canvas on which Stephanie Toole creates artwork. At Stephanie's Studio at The Salon Lofts, she cuts hair, adds dimension with highlights, creates intricate updos, and even shapes eyebrows. She executes each treatment with her client's vision in mind, and seeing a client walk out with more confidence than a rhino playing Red Rover is what inspires her passion for hairstyling.
Salon Zero's stylists are equipped with eco-friendly, ammonia-free hair products to manage manes with a trio of haircut packages. Trimming sessions commence with an in-depth consultation in which beauticians determine the patron's desired style, hair type, and presence of in-grown feathers. Stylists then snip and trim coifs into a new shape before blow-drying them to make sure they don't catch a cold.
At Thomas McPherson Salon, stylists lavish each client with individual attention, an amenity that's only possible at an intimate, personalized salon. Owner Stuart McPherson created this boutique styling center as an escape from the mammoth, cookie-cutter salons popularized by megalomaniacal bakers. He specializes in dry cuts for curly hair, and frequently save manes with corrective coloring services using Matrix products. Among the experienced staff is Harrington, a master hair cutter, color specialist, educator, and updo designer who recently returned from Los Angeles after styling hair for Dancing With the Stars. Their aesthetic sensibilities even extend to the decor: glass-topped coffee tables and oriental rugs in the lobby lead to antique-looking gold-and-black sideboards at each styling station.