The telltale buzzing of tattoo guns pervades the air at Alley Kat Tattoo’s studio, where skilled artists have emblazoned skin with Celtic symbols, graffiti, military insignias, and mythological art for nearly two decades. The artists eschew pretension in favor of a casual, hygienic environment that makes even first-timers feel like habitual inkers as they excitedly convey their ideas during consultations. When they aren’t putting their spin on classic designs such as dragons and portraits of Grover Cleveland, the artists accent eye areas and lips with subtle cosmetic tattoos that act as permanent makeup.
At Star Nails, the décor is simple: the walls display no art, the shelves cradle no plants, and the white color scheme offers only a splash of feminine pink. At this salon, the focus is on the clients, and the space ensures their comfort with eight cushy pedicure chairs and 11 manicure stations equipped with stately leather seating. Besides refining digits with colorful coats of polish, aestheticians also uproot unwanted hair with applications of warm wax, leaving swimsuit zones spotless and eyebrows shaped into either clean arches or a favorite punctuation mark.
Convenience comes first at Celebrity Tanning, where a plethora of metro locations, extended hours, and a large lineup of tanning equipment ensure clients can achieve a sun-kissed glow with minimum fuss. Four tiers of UV beds offer escalating amenities that add to the comfort and efficacy of tanning sessions, incorporating extra facial tanners, aromatherapy, MP3 hookups, and inspirational posters of famous suns from other galaxies. For more immediate results, the salon’s automated Mystic Tan booth sends sweeping jets of misted bronzer over bodies to create a streak-free tan that lasts 7–10 days after one 60-second session. The staff of tanning specialists can help customers choose the right type of session for their skin or budget, answering any questions that may come up. Tan-prolonging lotions from brands such as Australian Gold and California Tan are also available to enhance the depth and duration of a tan without equipping clothes with UVA bulbs.
At Tangible Tanning Salon, clients perform their own Superman-like transformations as they step inside a UV or spray-tan booth and emerge freshly glowing. The tanning salon hosts three levels of tanning in beds and booths that allow clients to tan standing up, lying down, or balancing on their heads. The Smart Tan–certified staff can help guests to choose the right equipment and tanning time with a skin-type analysis and pampering lotions from Designer Skin.
Our bodies are constantly subjected to the stresses of work, family, and clingy shadows, so the staff at Color Me Bella Spa and Salon works hard to ensure clients look and feel their best. Stylists transform tresses with cut and coloring treatments and aestheticians swiftly remove fuzz from brows during waxing sessions. In addition to hair services, clients can opt for a mani-pedi or botanical facial, or retreat to a private room for a therapeutic hot stone massage at the hands of the spa's licensed massage therapist.
Master stylist Ann Hughes draws from a continuously updated arsenal of beautifying techniques, brandishing products from MoroccanOil and Pureology to sculpt contemporary coifs. Tress overhauls begin with a custom cut that frames faces and face-tattooed family portraits. Aesthetically antiquated 'dos submit to the deft fingers and singing cartoon shears of stylists, emerging as a trendy new cuts. MoroccanOil, infused with antioxidants, vitamins, and UV protectors, permeates freshly shorn strands, conditioning hair from root to tip amid J Salon's earth tones and floral accents.