As a co-owner of Studio J The Salon and an educator for Kuene Haircosmetics, Jade Nicole Sanchez has an in-depth knowledge of haircare and expertise that she has used to style the hairdos of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, The B-52s, and the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers. Jade and her team of talented stylists and aestheticians master a complete menu of hair and aesthetic treatments, ranging from nailcare to massage therapy. Every third Thursday of the month, the salon hosts Martinis, Manicures, and Men's Cuts in alliance with Vbar. During these events, the color bar is converted into a martini bar and stylists perform nail services, manly grooming, and chair massages in a social environment that encourages attendees to network and sign each other's yearbooks.
At Tanfastic, the scene is set for customers to fake a beach vacation. Fronds of palm trees rustle, teal walls are colored like the ocean, and staff members make shushing sounds that mimic the ocean's waves. Customers seeking UV tanning can recline in one of the salon's beds or in a standup booth, where circulating air keeps them cool. Those who shun UV rays completely can get a natural-looking tan in the Mystic Tan spray-tan booth.
Sunbathe's sugar-based tanning spray ($35 per application) bestows a bronzey sun kiss without the usual neon-orange streaks. Designed to soothe skin as much as gild it, the blend is free of harsh chemicals and includes wild botanical extracts, herbs, and artisanal antioxidants crafted by hand in the French Alps. If you prefer skin as pale as a salt kernel, opt for other beauty-bolstering spa services, such as an express manicure ($25), pedicure ($35), facial ($35+), or eyebrow threading ($18). Sunbathe also offers sugaring ($40 for a bikini), and massage therapy with a licensed therapist ($65 an hour).
Alamo Barber & Beauty is a salon and beauty-supply-store hybrid, one of the most gorgeous crossbreeds since the hammerhead shark. Alamo's salon, Oh Nine Hair Studio, is a full-service stop for head-shaping and styling, and the bountiful beauty store stocks one of the largest collections of professional products in San Antonio, catering to the needs of expert appearance authorities and recreational primpers alike.
The founders of Soleil Tans believe that a trip to the tanning salon should feel like a mini-vacation—a welcome respite from the stress of work, the chaos of exams, or the company of a pet dog who just learned how to play the theme to Three's Company. They've packed their sleek, modern salons with powerful standup booths and tanning beds, outfitted with amenities such as music players, air conditioners, and adjustable air showers. There's even specialty beds designed to target upper bodies, faces, and legs.
The salons are staffed by sunless tanning specialists boasting extensive training and experience in the art of spray tans. They airbrush skin with a UV-free Norvell formula, customizing applications to accommodate varying skin types and desired looks. The staffers can also equip clients with professional skincare products that help moisturize skin, as well as teeth-whitening solutions that work to brighten smiles during UV-tanning sessions.
Planet Fitness's massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.