The trained staff at Ashley Lynn's Tanning welcomes first-time and returning clients to quality bronzing beds and UV-free VersaSpa tanning booths. The full-body and facial bulbs in tanning beds of various levels speed skin to all-over darkened shades in minutes without the hassle of canning sunbeams for the winter. Staff members swap out each lamp halfway through its lifetime, ensuring tanners won’t endure weakened wattage during their session. Alternatively, the studio's VersaSpa spray-tan booth comforts tanners with an open design and an air-filtration system as they customize their 10-minute sessions by selecting either clear spray-tanning or bronzer-tanning treatment. Each treatment achieves maximum color after 8 hours, and the booth also helps to moisturize skin.
Allure Salon aims to fuse small-salon atmosphere with large-salon style, pairing friendly and accessible stylists with internationally recognized products as an exclusive Paul Mitchell Focus salon. Drawing on 10 years of experience, stylist Traci shapes both classic and contemporary cuts and transforms hair hue and paints in highlights using only low-ammonia Paul Mitchell products. A natural beeswax base fortifies strands for strength and manageability, oxidative dyes lock in long-lasting results, and ChromaLuxe technology adds enough shine to temporarily blind any crows that might mistake it for tinsel. Those craving a two-toned 'do can add an extra color for an additional $35.
Lisa Christensen, the licensed hands behind Old Market Massage, kneads world-weary bone boxes to more relaxed, knot-free states with a bevy of muscle-molding techniques. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy eases muscle pain with the pushing and pulling of clean human feet and incorporates two suspended parallel bars for balance and control over the client’s muscles and Freudian slips. The ancient pampersperience manipulates tense tissues through gravitational force, foot-delivered deep strokes, and broad pressure to the back, spine, and caudal fin.
As an Aveda concept salon, Urbane specializes in transforming weathered soul sacks into fetching fleshoskeletons with a wide range of quality salon and spa services. Stash away the tubs of butter, and instead moisturize frontispieces with the 30-minute elemental nature facial ($45+), before spiffing up finger shingles with a French manicure ($27+) that also includes a hand massage and cuticle care. Out-of-control sleepwalkers can snip out fist-sized clumps of bubble gum with a haircut and style ($23–$45), while speed-seeking daredevils can get a leg up on local soapbox races with a streamlining brow or upper lip waxing ($13+).
Optometrist Dr. Shannon Elwood pairs blinkers with their prescriptions before aiming gazes toward Definitive Vision's trove of designer frames. A 30-minute eye exam peers into sclera to gauge overall optical health and pinpoint the best lenses ($65–$650) for improved sight, as well as test for glaucoma and the soft sizzling noise that indicates early-onset heat vision. Sight seekers can then peruse an array of designer frames ($120–$390) from such brands as Armani Exchange, Cole Haan, and Gucci. Border peepers with Carrera frames for a sharp, vintage look, or ogle from behind BCBG designs, which incorporate faceted and textured metals to keep invention ideas from tunneling through temples. For a less visible method of clarification, patrons can upgrade to a contact-lens fitting and exam for an additional $65.
Though amateur feline massage practitioners may knead with gusto, their lack of stroke variety and occasional clawing make them no match for the certified human massage therapists at Sol System. In their capable hands, a soothing 60-minute Swedish massage sends achy muscles to an ethereal plane of total body relaxation. The technique employs long, gliding strokes that follow the natural blood highways of the body, coaxing circulation back toward the heart. Sol System's friendly massage technicians act as gentle traffic cops, guiding the little red, oxygen-hauling trucks that perpetually tour your body. Enhanced circulation helps stimulate your whole body, making everyday tasks less taxing and increasing your chances of hitting the lotto. Other massage patterns used in the Swedish technique include circular motion, pressure, firm kneading, tapping, range-of-motion manipulation, and shadow puppets. The therapy reduces pain and joint stiffness and can improve function in people suffering from osteoarthritis.
Housing their business in a new salon, the owners of NT Nails, take cleanliness seriously. "NT Nails uses disposable files, buffers, and pedicure sponges. We use hospital-grade autoclaves to sterilize our equipment," the owner explained during an interview with Midtowncrossing.com. They also line pedicure tubs with disposable liners to ensure a hygienic experience and protect skin from harsh cleaning chemicals. After buffing nails to perfection, they coat them with a polish. Their waxing sessions are just as meticulous, rooting out each hair from its follicle, instead of hammering it back in with a peen hammer, to leave skin smooth and soft.