Totally Tan’s turquoise-colored salon, festooned with beach artwork and tropical foliage, eschews traditional sun-drawn tanning techniques with a collection of body-bronzing devices that embellishes skin in the face of time constraints and inclement weather. Lay-down tanners recline in the SunVision Elite bed for 20-minute sessions that darken epidermal expanses with 32 light bulbs and hundreds of commissioned fireflies. Visitors can also achieve golden exteriors by standing in the SunDome tanning booth, basking in the powerful glow of 48 light bulbs for 10 minutes. Those wishing to elude UV rays altogether can enlist their soul cages in a spray tan that evenly coats bodies in a deep, natural-looking hue that lasts around seven days.
Michelle, the licensed massage therapist behind Strong Hands Massage Therapy, truly does have strong hands: they’re the same hands she used block, jab, and swing her way to a fourth-degree black belt in karate. At her Ramsey massage studio, however, she uses her strength for healing rather than combat.
Before starting any massage, Michelle consults with each client to determine their individual needs and goals. Then she soothes muscles and connective tissues with custom-tailored kneads and gliding strokes. The treatments can relieve not only pain and tension, but issues such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety caused by listening to the Jeopardy! theme song on repeat too many times. Clients can also opt for pampering details such as hot stones or organic moisturizers infused with French chamomile, Egyptian basil, and other fragrant herbs and botanicals.
Brushed Tanning Studio's skilled spray-gun wielders provide a healthy alternative to traditional sun worship with UV-free sunless-tanning treatments. Using an FDA approved, 100% organic formula derived from raw sugar cane, certified technicians carefully cover every curve and contour with a golden glow that gradually appears over the course of 24 hours. The entire process takes as little as 10 minutes and lasts an average of 7–10 days, though results can last up to two weeks for clients who exfoliate sparingly or are particularly adept at time travel.
At Lashful Day Spa, licensed aestheticians beatify clients in the spa, where they apply waterproof eyelash extensions and touch-ups. To battle wrinkles and smiles that won't wipe off, they administer customized facials such as oxygen infusion, European, and microdermabrasion. Clients can also seek out nail treatments and half a dozen varieties of massage.
The friendly team of stylists at Lather Lounge Salon stays educated on new clipping and coloring techniques to stay abreast of the latest trends. Their deft hands shear manes into blunt bobs or sweet pixie cuts, and can add dimension with highlights to prevent clients from being mistaken for a cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan. The hair whisperers also apply keratin treatments to smooth away frizz and carefully place lash extensions along the lids for more dramatic winking.
Lather Lounge Salon strives to keep its environment as beautiful as its clients by using recycled paper, illuminating the salon with CFC and LED lights, and offering free haircuts to trees.
To begin the one-hour deluxe manicure and pedicure, patrons lavish in spa pedicure chairs partitioned by sweeping curtains as nail technicians trim hand and toe coverings of excess acreage. Nimble fingers and firm pressure alleviate tension from feet and hands during a massage, and an optional hand design employs a small brush to decorate mitts with flowery designs or thousands of Michael Jordan autographs. Finishing the treatment, technicians bedeck nails in the customer’s choice of a solid color or french paint job. Alternatively, pamper paws with a paraffin hand treatment and a long-lasting gel color from ibd or LCN, also done in the french style, which elongates the nail bed and protects nail tips from the elements like a teensy talon beret. The manicure takes approximately 45 minutes. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
The certified stylists at Lashful frame eyes with mink lashes to achieve looks ranging from elegant to seductive. Their uncanny attention to detail comes in handy during extension applications, when they meticulously attach each artificial lash to a real one to achieve the most natural look possible. Sensitive eyes need not wince in fear, as the adhesive material with which they apply lashes is specially formulated to not perturb the eye with harsh irritants or teasing optical illusions. The stylists also dip natural lashes in a semipermanent tint that—much like the extensions—gives eyes the glamorous look of freshly applied mascara.