Tan Pro USA has been compensating for the less-than-ideal latitudinal coordinates of Ohio since 1998. It was then that they opened their first tanning outpost furnished with 30 UV beds, and they have since expanded operations to 43 stores throughout the state. They stock each location with ample tanning units, rendering appointments an archaic formality equivalent to gifting a sheep to your defense lawyer. After customers stroll in, they can slide into an Ergoline 1100, which boasts four ultra-performance facial tanners and two high-pressure shoulder tanners. Staffers advise which lotions enhance traditional tanning results along with explaining the benefits of the UV-free VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Harnessing infrared heat, VersaSpa booths impart a glow to entire physiques or targeted trouble areas, such as the inside of the armpits.
The official day spa and salon of the 2011 American Music Awards, J. Nicole's Day Spa and Salon calls upon its stylists' hair expertise and its technicians' skin savvy to pamper clients within a rock 'n' roll–themed lounge. The staffers, who can sometimes be seen jamming on the guitars that adorn the salon's scarlet walls, beautify heads with hair services and eyelash extensions or relax bodies with treatments such as massages and craniosacral therapy. Aestheticians also exfoliate faces with Obagi chemical peels and abrasive punk-rock drum solos.
At the vanguard of skin-saving technology, the SilkPeel stimulates damaged epidermises to produce healthful collagen and deliver therapeutic ingredients, such as vitamins and antioxidants, to torpid skin cells. A particle-free and personalized microdermabrasion, the SilkPeel eschews one-size-fits-all dermatology in favor of treatments tailored to each client's skin condition. Veteran aesthetician Tiffany Shoup, who has 10 years of experience, uses a specialized hand piece and serum to navigate face maps while improving acne-prone skin, moisturizing dry patches, and brightening dull complexions.
The body-bronzing gadgets at Extreme Tans tint epidermises with a splash of sun-smooched color. Tanners can opt for the UV-free airbrush tan to daydream about Helios’s sabbaticals on the sun as the Fantasy Tan spray-dances across the skin, creating an even tan in 20 minutes. With seven different skin-brightening solutions, the spray is customized to each skin type and tone, leaving bodies ready for head-turning sidewalk struts.
Your hair’s sure to feel silkier once your stylist conditions it—learn why with Groupon’s close-up look at conditioner.
Although human hair may look smooth, each strand's outer layer—the cuticle—is actually quite rough. Under dry conditions, the tiny scales that cover its surface become raised and brittle, causing hairs to tangle and lose their shine. Conditioner aims to correct this problem by bonding a particular class of molecules, called cationic surfactants, to the cuticle. This is possible because keratin, the protein that makes up most of the hair shaft, bristles with negative ions, which attract the positively charged surfactants, coating each thread in a thin film that weighs it down and reduces frizz. (The negative charge of keratin is also what causes static whenever positive ions are stripped from the hair—the static that makes it possible to stick a balloon to the wall or to power a miner's headlamp.)
The other ingredients in conditioner don't always need ions to do their jobs well. Humectants suck in water from the surrounding air, thereby moisturizing the hair, and oils simply penetrate the cuticle. Glossers coat the hair with light-reflecting polymers, increasing shine, whereas other ingredients raise the acidity level of the conditioner, which helps protect the hair's protein structure.
Inside Beaux Cheveux by Jennifer, Jennifer Ward provides cuts and colors and educates her clients so they can maintain their looks at home. She begins each cut with a one-on-one consultation to learn what her client wants in a do. Then, using her 10 years of experience, including extensive training in French-style haircutting, she sets to work crafting a beautiful and easy-to-maintain coif. In addition to cuts, Jennifer is a master colorist and offers all-over color, color retouching, and a variety of different highlights. For clients looking to add length or volume to their locks, Jennifer offers Cinderella Hair extensions.