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.
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.
Leafy fronds fronds line the earth-toned walls of Salon Salon's long, narrow space, recalling the plant-based ingredients of the Aveda products used by its stylists to pamper clients' tresses. Owner and lead stylist Mike Manchester wields 28 years of experience to educate his staff, which includes a licensed cosmetologist who works at a well-stocked makeup bar. Appointments commence with free consultations, and coiffeurs accommodate busy schedules.
Airbrush technician Brooke has spent the last five years transforming pallid bodies into bronzed statues. She creates a custom formula for each of her clients inside Enve Salon, and can also take her equipment on the road for mobile airbrushing parties inside homes or train depots.