Angie Byboth wields her extensive training and certifications to add permanent makeup to faces or erase the tattoos from an impulsive youth. With a tattoo gun and topical anesthetics, Angie fashions defined brows, lined lips, and dramatic eyes while clients rest comfortably listening to music or paying their last respects to their laid-off makeup. Each tattoo treatment comes with a four- to six-week touchup, filling in spots that didn’t fully take during the first bout of tattooing. Angie is also trained in Tattoo Vanish treatments, which can remove unwanted ink from past tattoos without the pain of laser treatments. She can also outfit brows and lashes with dyes to enhance the impact of Ernest Borgnine impressions, and optional lash perm treatments can add subtext to any glance without having to learn to wink in Morse code.
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.
Author and Juut SalonSpa owner David Wagner channels a childhood spent watching nature’s beauty into his Aveda salon’s eight locations. The studio stylists and other staff members, many of whom benefit from the company’s extensive training program, perform services beneath shelves laden with Aveda products. The botanically sourced elixirs repair and sculpt hair naturally without subjecting it to other products’ unpleasant chemicals or a robot hairdresser’s endless questions about love.
The professionals at Captive Tan caramelize customers' canvases with 14 UV-tanning beds and introductory tanning packages, which include one Ultra, Elite, Super, and Premium tanning session. Ultra tanning hammocks, fraught with high-pressure bulbs that, like ripened sunflowers, emit 99.9% UVA rays, illuminate hides with an even bronze glow. Alternatively, the Elite light bunks emit undulating rays with high-pressure facial bulbs and medium-pressure body bulbs. A Super bed packs miniature suns along the sides of its upright shell to accommodate vertical sleepers, and a Premium tanning bed uses classic, low-pressure bulbs to nudge skin into a more seasonal shade of brown.
A massage can already be a vulnerable experience, so the question of how much pressure for the therapist to apply can be tough to answer, especially given that everyone experiences pressure differently. Fortunately, there are basically three possible responses?light, medium, or firm?and considering the following factors may help you decide:
Pain Tolerance: If you find yourself extremely sensitive to touch, request light pressure. Likewise, people who can tolerate rigorous?possibly even uncomfortable?pressure should choose firm to get the most out of the muscle manipulation. Always trust your body; if firm pressure feels too intense, ask the therapist to ease up.
Why Are You Here?: If your top priority is relaxation, then light or medium pressure is for you. If you want to work out knots, relieve concentrated tension, or pop the balloon animal you swallowed, then firm pressure may be required. If you're looking for a mix of outcomes, explain them in detail, pointing out specific areas and desired results. For instance, you might say, "I want to loosen my back muscles but break up knots in my shoulders," each of which requires a different amount of pressure.
Don't Sweat It: Massage therapy is designed to improve the body's overall function, whether by promoting relaxation or relieving aches and pains. So even if you choose a pressure level at the start of a massage, you're not locked into it?you can request lighter or firmer pressure at any point during treatment. A good massage therapist appreciates and responds to feedback, which helps them develop a personalized session that feels good and fulfills your expectations.
Li Nguyen arms himself with an arsenal of Vivant Skin Care products and more than 10 years of experience in the skincare industry to tailor facial-care services to each client's needs. Li enriches epidermises during facials, which he follows with a 10-minute massage or a 15-minute microdermabrasion treatment that eradicates dead skin cells in the same way a millionaire keeps feral dogs off his lawn: by shooting miniature diamonds at them. He also addresses more pressing facial concerns with chemical peels and acne treatments.