Stylist Kristi Inskeep transforms tresses within Karizma Salon's vibrantly colored atmosphere. Skillful cuts and all-over color or highlights leave clients with a youthful-looking noggin, more confident strut, and a plethora of compliments from friends, strangers, and the insides of hats. An eyebrow waxing carefully shapes arches into a comely configuration to better accessorize peepers as they take in Karizma's cheerful confines. Neon hues pop from every vertical surface as a black and white checkerboard floor cushions steps and provides a battlefield for human-sized reenactments of Kasparov's greatest matches.
Willow Day Spa owner Brooke Hodge has every corner of beauty covered. She is not only a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician but also a NovaLash eyelash extensionist and is trained in oncology spa treatments. Since opening the doors to Willow Day Spa, Brooke and her team of beauticians have relied on all-natural product lines, Tecniche and Pevonia, to gently yet effectively keep complexions looking young. The spa's aestheticians call upon seven different facial treatments, including LED light therapy and microdermabrasion, and remove unwanted hairs with antibacterial Nufree wax, which doesn’t irritate the skin by leaving behind a residue or its pager number. Cellulite and dehydration are banished with the help of mango-passion yogurt and green coffee-infused body treatments, and the menu's organic airbrush spray tan is designed to last for up to one week.
Brooke is able to help cancer patients and survivors maintain their appearance with oncology spa treatments that include reflexology and a facial. Her treatments combine the Morag Currin Method of Oncology Esthetics with fragrance-free Tecniche products. The beauty haven also outfits clients with a wide range of Raquel Welch and Eva Gabor wigs during private, complimentary consultations.
The licensed massage therapists at Massage Advantage dote on visitors with a slew of custom massage techniques, including Swedish, prenatal, and deep tissue. Armed with warm blankets and a credo to respect patients' privacy, therapists begin each 30- or 60-minute session with a discussion on clients' specific aches and ailments. Therapists can also haul their equipment to office buildings for workplace chair massages that help reinvigorate fatigued employees or stressed-out water coolers during 5–15 minute stints. Each succession of kneads is designed to alleviate stress, muscles soreness, and various medical conditions, such as high blood pressure.
At Blaze Color Salon, skilled stylists revamp hairdos with a litany of services and Blaze's own line of vegan products. Guests can arrive prepared with a magazine clip of their desired look, pick one on the spot from the shop's style book, or opt to model their cut after the neighborhood bearded dragon. Either way, a professional scissors wielder snips away excess or troublesome strands, giving fickle manes an aesthetic purpose. During the blow-dry and finishing session, the stylist employs curling-iron or flatiron techniques before keeping scalp noodles in place with a serving of humidity-resistant, sunscreen-infused product.
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.
The stylists at Cost Cutters keep pace with families' brisk lives by bestowing stylish haircuts without the hassle of making an appointment. Children, women, and men succumb to the artful snips of scissors and come out with trimmer, shapelier 'dos in a fraction of the time it takes to cut hair with the earth's erosional forces. Signature haircare products from CC Professional lead the charge on each customer's final style, aided by products from Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Tigi.