Licensed aesthetician, Maryann Davis, draws on 14 years of experience to rescue visages from signs of stress and aging with pampering facial treatments. The pumpkin-enzyme facial begins with a deep cleansing and steam treatment to rid human emoticons of dead skin cells, dirt, and poorly applied tattoos. Next, a pumpkin and multifruit complex detoxifies the skin and nourishes the underlying tissue. The concoction of vitamins and minerals works to increase the rate of cell renewal, creating a younger-looking complexion that radiates like a smiley-face button under a flashlight.
Rare Accents Salon & Day Spa's skin-soothers rejuvenate clients' faces with gentle, exfoliating microdermabrasion treatments and soothing facials. Crystal-tipped wands and gentle suction expel dead cells from the skin's surface, aiming to ramp up cell production, bolster circulation, and shake loose spare change left behind ears by absent-minded magician uncles. The treatment includes a hydration facial and customized mask to further erase fine lines, diminish scars, and even out discoloration. Afterward, clients can peruse Rare Accents' professional skincare and makeup products from brands such as Azure and Glo, taking 20% off essential at-home beautifying aids.
Z - A Specialty Spa's sumptuous, Southwestern-inspired spa harbors an expert staff of cosmetic connoisseurs that unleashes a comprehensive slate of beauty-boosting services. Seize a more stylish scratch with a nail-pampering mani-pedi, which fashions talons to shimmery precision before adorning them with the polish or Wite-Out of choice. Mitts undergo an invigorating exfoliation with the aid of a scented scrub from the aromatherapy bar before getting lathered in a matching, moisturizing lotion. An aromatic scrub engulfs floor-bound sock-fillers, and a foot-hugging mask luxuriously locks in revitalizing moisture. Z - A Specialty Spa's modish environs ensconce guests in rich, earthy tones, vibrant blossoms, and plush seats, all ensuring a soothing spa day devoid of oppressive concrete walls and hammer-wielding beauticians.
What would make the owner of a successful tanning salon consider selling his business to a 20-year-old upstart? Robert Paolini may have been young, but he’d earned his bronze-colored stripes; since he was 16 years old, he’d worked long hours at the salon, and his friendly manner put customers at ease. When the sale fell through, Robert put together his own business plan, gathered investors—some of whom were former tanning clients—and opened his own salon, The Hot Spot Tanning Co.
The salon has since weathered a boom in the tanning business, and Robert attributes the company’s survival to an amicable staff, who have created an atmosphere he compares to the show Cheers. “People who tan visit the salon three to four times a week, more often than they go to the grocery store,” says Robert. “They want to go where they feel comfortable.” So in each private room, tanners can stow their gear safely on sturdy shelves, hang clothing on hooks, and refresh after sessions with deodorant, makeup remover, and hand wipes.
Warm-skinned patrons slip from high-pressure tanning booths, which coax out melanin with lights designed to avert burns and lend credence to claims that one is a model in a water-wings catalog. Against the hushed hiss of a Mystic Tan booth, Robert presides over a selection of supplements, sports drinks, and shakes, and draws on a certification in sports nutrition while guiding clients through health and weight-loss programs.
As a young man, John McKenna realized he had a talent for hairstyling, eventually moving from New York to the beaches of Florida to open his own salon. In addition to transforming the hair of clients ranging from mothers to teens, McKenna styled Miss Tampa's hair and won a reader-nominated runner-up award in 2010's Best of the Bay. Within his European-style salon, an exposed-brick accent wall adds a splash of warmth to furniture's sleek design, much like the cardigans that zoologists fit over the cheetahs they study. Behind their stations, certified color specialists paint tresses with golden highlights or lowlights and cover grays with Matrix honey-based color cream, which the salon guarantees will completely mask the offending strands. Stylists consult with clients before taking the first scissors swipes, determining the best shapes, lengths, and hues to fit each client's style. McKenna personally assures clients that "how you look is as important to us as it is to you."
Every day at Shear Sophistication, Heather O'Donoghue gets to pursue her passion: hair. She loves everything about it—the process of keeping it healthy, the endless variety of styles, and the opportunity for self-expression that it offers. As a studio owner who thinks outside the box, she works closely with each client to help them uncover their hair's potential. Heather also offers makeup applications to complement her styling services.