Eliana and Viviane Jardim grew up on the beaches of Brazil, and when they moved to the United States, they brought a little bit of the Brazilian sun with them. The business they opened, Samba Glow, specializes in personalized airbrush spray tans. Armed with a spray applicator, technicians apply either a clear solution that develops over the course of 8–10 hours or a bronzer that’s visible right away. The DHA-based formula for each is free of harsh chemicals, preservatives, white tempera paint, and artificial fragrances, leaving room for certified-organic aloe-vera extracts, vitamin A, vitamin E, and various antioxidants that help leave skin firm and smooth. At their new Menlo Park location, the Jardim sisters decided to branch out into other beautification services—such as waxing and a full lash and brow bar—as well as retail, selling bathing suits and resort-wear designed to show off the tanning techs’ handiwork.
Ingrid's hosts a bevy of beautifying beds suited for all skin-suit needs. For an aired-out experience, go horizontal on either the Open Sun 550 Medium Pressure or 1050 High Pressure bed, which both provide spacious and open designs. Or, for an audio-visual vacation, lie back on the Excellence 880, a climate-controlled bed featuring 3D-Sound technology, Color Moods light therapy, and Halley's Comet sightings.
Nails by Joanne draws from nearly two decades of expertise as she pampers appendages with luxurious manicures and pedicures. Jagged talons transmogrify into smooth squares or delicate ovals beneath textured files, and overgrown cuticles beat a hasty retreat before daubs of vivid polish coordinate nails with clients' outfits, moods, or fire-engine-red irises. Hot towels and stones melt away built-up stress, and rejuvenating dips in paraffin wax smooth chapped skin and hydrate thirsty pores. A 15-minute hand-and-foot massage hones in on lingering digital tension with gentle pressure and therapeutic oils that sing soothing lullabies.
The massage therapists at Willows Touch reduce pain and everyday stress with massage styles ranging from relaxing Swedish to targeted sports or prenatal. In addition to doling out spa services such as airbrush tanning, body wraps, spa parties, and salt scrubs from inside the studio, the crew also travels to offices or corporate events to help to alleviate workplace stress and provides backstage massages for celebrities, musicians, or magicians' assistants who have been recently sewn back together.
The staff at Glam Tan, located inside Spoil Me Salon, use airbrushes to apply custom Norvell spray-tanning solutions. The vegan, paraban-free, and gluten-free sprays can give all skin tones a custom sun-kissed glow without using UV rays. The solution also moisturizes and nourishes skin with a blend of vitamin and antioxidants.
The Land Down Under is a continent set beneath a scorching sun—Australian Tan knows, just like Australians, how to harness the light to achieve glowing, bronzy skin. The salon’s faux sun comes from six different tanning booths. The most basic bed imparts a base tan in 20 minutes, while the Instant 770 imparts a rich, long-lasting hue in as few as 10. Meanwhile, the sunless spray-tanning booth houses an automatic system that sprays on UV-free color. Regardless of the chosen bed, the staff can complement sessions with bronzing lotions that enhance acquired tans or help an old trophy get through a midlife crisis with a refreshed façade. Each member of the staff goes through 35 hours of training prior to working in the salon, so they can easily tailor tanning plans to each customer.