Inside Salon M&D’s open and airy space, professionals beautify clients with a range of hair, nail, and skin services. Stylists rejuvenate ’dos with cuts, coloring, keratin sessions, and diamond hair treatments, which enliven dull, lifeless locks by replacing them with sparkling rubies. Elsewhere, nail techs spruce up fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and massage therapists knead tense muscles in appointments ranging from 30 to 90 minutes. Aestheticians wax unwanted hair from bodies and apply cleansing facials and skin-brightening peels.
Drawing from her family's catalog of natural wax recipes, the proprietor of Girl from Ipanema Spa evicts fuzz with homemade waxes designed to play nice with sensitive skin. The spa's aestheticians also rejuvenate visages with facials that rely on either organic ingredients or high-tech methods, as in the photofacial, which skips PPx pulsed light across skin ponds to break up rosacea, sun damage, and other imperfections. Amidst green-tea-hued walls, exfoliating sea salts and essential oils remove dry skin and prepare bodies for airbrush tanning. Visitors can cop a full range of Éminence handmade organic skincare products to continue their bodycare at home or on the giant hamster wheels they've agreed to live on for science.
According to the Island Sun Times Nicole Flora was just 22 years old when she purchased Copper Tans Salon, the same tanning salon she tanned and worked at during her college years. Eight years later, Nicole is still bubbling with joy, welcoming guests into Copper Tans’ new environs—complete with plasma TVs and advanced tanning equipment—and introducing them to its new mission: to help clients take their tan to the next level.
To uphold that mission, the salon remains open seven days a week, allowing clients to bronzen their skin in six levels of UV beds, ranging from a Super Sonic Suncapsule standup with a 22 mph airflow that eliminates sweat to a Future Sun HP bed, enhanced by aromatherapy and air conditioning. Sunless tanning is also an option at Copper Tans Salon, as is a combination of an upper-level UV-tanning session followed by a spray tan for a comprehensive approach. A team of Smart Tan–certified staffers is always on hand to answer any questions, chat about the salon’s selection of lotions from Devoted Creations, Australian Gold, and California Tan, and help clients determine which tanning services are best for them.
The founders of Soleil Tans believe that a trip to the tanning salon should feel like a mini-vacation—a welcome respite from the stress of work, the chaos of exams, or the company of a pet dog who just learned how to play the theme to Three's Company. They've packed their sleek, modern salons with powerful standup booths and tanning beds, outfitted with amenities such as music players, air conditioners, and adjustable air showers. There's even specialty beds designed to target upper bodies, faces, and legs.
The salons are staffed by sunless tanning specialists boasting extensive training and experience in the art of spray tans. They airbrush skin with a UV-free Norvell formula, customizing applications to accommodate varying skin types and desired looks. The staffers can also equip clients with professional skincare products that help moisturize skin, as well as teeth-whitening solutions that work to brighten smiles during UV-tanning sessions.
Regardless of the weather outside, it’s always summer inside Luxe Tans’ modern salon. After mocha-hued walls greet visitors in the reception area, a series of coppery, sunbaked tiles leads to the salon’s collection of powerful UV tanning beds; these decorative hues serve as a preview of what one’s skin may look like after just a few tanning sessions. Though a wide selection of lotions moisturize and protect skin from drying out under UV rays, clients can forsake exposure altogether by opting for a custom airbrush tan or a soothing dip in molten gold.