In 1989, Glitz Salons' founder decided to open a salon with a philosophy rooted in working with others to make clients feel good. Twenty years later, the staff at Glitz Salons still mans their stations and lives out that goal. When not performing services such as haircuts and waxing, the crew at Glitz Salons gives back to its community by helping local high schools put on prom fashion shows and hosting fundraising events. A cohesive, supportive unit, the salons' stylists and aestheticians receive continuous encouragement to express their own creativity and implement innovative ideas into their workday. This freedom allows customers to reap the benefits of a staff that thinks outside the box, paints the box, then folds it into a mesmerizing mobile sculpture.
Under the sage direction of Dr. Brian Young, the staff at Beauty Island Spa cultivates healthy complexions, eases aches, and whittles silhouettes with spa services for men and women. The spa’s island theme is reflected in its relaxation-inducing treatments and tropical atmosphere fostered by décor including peach-hued walls, plush white leather chairs, and palm trees inhabited by shipwrecked families. Aestheticians put their beautifying know-how to use as they administer innovative treatments such as LED therapy to help diminish the symptoms of rosacea, acne, or aging.
Comfy pedicure chairs nestle guests during each of Jolie Nails & Spa’s signature mani-pedi treatments, initiating relaxing vibes as technicians scrub the miles off of heels and polish toes in colorful hues. The nail-centric salon augments this classic service with a variety of relaxing and stylish upgrades, such as coating nails with long-lasting Shellac polish, bolstering length with acrylic extensions, or hiding lacquer-scratching car keys in batches of fresh cement. Staffers also flaunt their aesthetic skills in a variety of waxing treatments, purifying European facials, and lash-magnifying extensions.
The technicians at Elle Salon & Spa pamper their clients with their menu of head-to-toe beauty services ranging from haircuts and color to French pedicures. They draw on products from L'Oreal and TIGI to paint hair with highlights and Brazilian Blowouts to fight frizz and loosen curls semi-permanently.
Image Sun Tanning Center’s professional tanning consultants add sun-kissed color to their clients' bods with a variety of airbrush services and tanning beds. Before patrons begin tanning treatments, specialists perform a complimentary skin-type analysis, which gauges the proper tanning equipment, power, and session time to prevent burning while building a deep base tan. The salon’s private tanning rooms stock up to four levels of UV beds, which use variable doses of bronzing rays to gradually build up a golden complexion like a game of patty-cake with King Midas. Sun-shy clients can bypass ultraviolet exposure inside a Mystic Tan booth, which spritzes pasty torsos in just minutes. The high-end tanning tonic dries quickly, leaves skin oozing a breezy tropical scent, and—like the embarrassment of calling your boss "Dad"—fades in about one week. The salon also supplies a stock of tan-enhancing lotions from brands such as Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty, and Designer Skin.
During the 15-minute spray tanning, a Smart Tan–certified staff member aims airbrushing guns with fine- and wide-point nozzles at clients to coat nooks, crannies, and plains of skinscapes with an even, healthy hue ($39.99). Select from one of Body Bronze Tanning's four levels of UV tanning ($15+ / month for unlimited memberships), which invite customers to laze on Matrix L33 beds with the platinum level or perform a solo rendition of the YMCA in the silver level's stand-up Sundash 252 Radius booth. High-end tanning lotions, such as Devoted Creations' Hybrid ($25) or Flex ($25), moisturize skin as clients marinate in warm rays, much like Easter hams left on a neighbor's stoop.