When Erica Suppa opened Fresh Faced Skin Care, she knew she didn’t want facials and proper skincare regimes to fall second to typical spa hokum. So, the licensed skin specialist traded in terry-cloth robes and champagne sipped from fuzzy slippers for clinical treatments that target skin on a cellular level.
Erica’s clients can sink into a comfortable chair and reap the benefits of an array of services, including deep-pore treatments, PCA peels, and LED facials, which battle everything from acne and hyperpigmentation to wrinkles and sun damage. A shelf full of PCA and Skin Script professional products rests an arm’s length away from Erica, allowing her to use them during facials or recommend them for a client’s at-home regimen.
Each of Hollywood Tans' 140-plus locations, scattered from coast to coast, houses UV tanning booths that allow patrons to tan while standing for 8–11 minutes. With an average of 15 hygienic booths per salon, patrons rarely encounter waiting times and can stop in without an appointment. Hollywood Tans also offers UV-free methods of adding color to one's skin, including Mystic Tan's DHA-infused spray tans, tanning lotions, and public readings of guests' teenage diary entries.
At California Sun Tanporiums, nominated as one of the Top 250 Salons in the USA by Looking Fit magazine, bodies slip into a UV-free beach-bronze glow that lasts 4–7 days with Versa Spa sunless-tanning sessions. Clients step inside a private Versa Spa tanning booth, where a voice-activation system walks them through the three-step process that imparts a faux tan more natural looking than self-applied bronzers or wearing an oversize parking cone. Each session begins with a pH-balancing treatment to disperse natural oils, followed by an evenly applied mist of sunless tanner, a serum comprised of DHA, amino acids, and aloe that increases color depth and moisturizes skin without streaks. The machine-sprayed service finishes with a hydrating treatment of botanicals, soy proteins, and green-tea extracts to replenish vital nutrients, diminish fine lines, and wean skin off of its soda-pop bath addiction.
This old-school barbershop sports walls painted with realistic bricks and plaster cracks, plush couches in the waiting area, and quality cuts to keep sprouting scalps and whiskered faces in check. The Shop's owner, Georgie McCusker, offers a beer to every customer coming through his doors and focuses on keeping the atmosphere casual and relaxed. Flat-screen TVs are within eyeball reach of all chairs, allowing clients to contemplate the merits of Bad Boys II while their mops are lopped into proper shape. Open early, The Shop maintains an immaculately clean interior and all the polish of a corporate barbershop while providing the friendly charm of a local elderly fellow leaning against a striped pole while murmuring gently about sassafras.
Lauri Hagan, who operates out of one of Posh Salon and Spa's tall, dark, and sleek styling stations, soaks dried-out locks in the antioxidants, vitamins, and oil extracts of the It's A 10 conditioning mask, which bestows hair with 10 restorative benefits including nourishment, greater smoothness, and untangled knots. During haircuts, Laura's shears mold malleable canvases into delicate face frames and snip off split ends to re-create a guest's beloved look or sculpt a striking new style. Wielding blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons, Laura pretties up new 'do's during a styling that crafts curls, straight strands, or locks as wavy as the fiancée of a sailor setting out from port.
1401 Hair Designs & Massage Therapy owner Joyce Bell knows that glamour can't be measured with a ruler. The short-hair specialist has been creating easy, manageable styles for manes of all lengths for more than 30 years, with services that can include everything from 1950s-inspired roller sets to chic, modern blowouts inspired by the future. Her staff members pull products from brands such as Joico, Roux, and Goldwell as they create dimension with custom color and highlights, and they can also use their skills to style wigs and hairpieces for cancer patients and other hair-loss sufferers.On the spa side of the service menu, licensed massage therapists help to promote relaxation and increased energy using craniosacral, reflexology, and Japanese hot-stone therapies. Onsite certified herbalist Kelly Bell is also on hand to help clients to detox or to stabilize their body weight by crafting custom nutrition plans that rely on all-natural vitamins and organic herbs instead of starvation diets or strongly worded letters to the liver.