A summer spent swimming laps can be great for your body, but hazardous for your hair. Thankfully, the stylists at Merrill Hair Designers, Inc. strive to heal damaged strands with chlorine- and mineral-removal treatments that restore hair's resilience and shine. Working with a fresh slate, the team can then consult with clients to settle on a new look. For instance, a Brazilian Blowout could smooth out frizz for straighter locks, or extensions can add length more efficiently tying barbells to each strand. To help friends find a flattering cut, clients can even throw a group party complete with pastries and beverages.
The salon also offers nail and spa services, from acne-fighting facials to therapeutic massages. Every skincare package, whether it's an oxygen facial with fruit enzymes or a chemical peel, is highly customized to suit specific skin types.
Darque Tan's arsenal of beds, booths, and nourishing lotions infuses visiting bodies with sun-kissed color. Along with at least 20 tanning beds, each location brims with tan-savvy staff members—each certified through the International Smart Tan Network—who can work with you to customize a program based on your tanning goals, skin type, and relation to black-and-white movie starlets. A dedicated full-time cleaning staff regularly runs through a 50-point inspection process between sessions, helping to create a sanitary tanning experience and keep clients from warming up 6-foot-long paninis during appointments.
Bridal parties at Bay Salon & Boutique are greeted with breakfast snacks and mimosas before stylists turn their full attention to crafting a creative look for the big day. This kind of pampering is the norm even for clients just stopping in for a monthly trim. No matter the occasion, guests are feted with organic coffee and gourmet desserts as they chew on an idea for a new look. In the chair, heads are tended to with Aveda and Pureology products that deeply condition locks and are the only way to remove most types of confetti.
Style transformations continue in the boutique, which displays dramatic necklaces, sleek clutches, and cozy scarves made by local and national designers. Those who don’t wear their purchases out of the store get them gift wrapped for free.
Barbara Johnson of Finale' Hair Removal and Facial Rejuvenation admits that there’s no way to completely stop the process of aging, but she’s dedicated herself to slowing down the visible effects as much as possible. She offers photo rejuvenation and broadband light to minimize the sun damage that results in fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation as well as laser resurfacing to penetrate deeper into the skin to activate collagen production. She also whisks away unwanted hair with laser hair removal.
A vibrant lineup of nail-polish bottles sparkles against a backdrop of warm, red walls at Cute Nails, where talented nail techs are equipped with a rainbow of OPI colors. A row of massage chairs sets the scene at the pedicure station, where nail artists treat feet to a sudsy bath before trimming cuticles and painting toenails. Instead of baskets filled with burning leaves, teardrop-shaped light fixtures illuminate the manicure tables as techs enhance nails with no-chip polish, UV gel fills, or acrylic sets. The salon also welcomes kids to accompany their parents and get toes and fingers pampered at a discounted rate.
Floor-to-ceiling windows let light shine in on Plaza Salon, where a team of independent stylists color hair, cut coiffures, and paint nails. In addition to all-over hair color, services include partial and full highlights, both of which accentuate existing color. Permanent wave treatments take straight strands to a curlier level, and mani-pedis improve the look of digits working with both natural nails and acrylics.