The oversized styling mirrors at Mara's Salon reflect clients growing progressively more relaxed under the spell of the peace-inducing botanical aromas drifting through the studio. Nail techs spike mani-pedis with herbal tea, ylang-ylang oil, lavender salts, or a milk-and-honey blend; meanwhile, guests seated on leather armchairs or sofas gingerly nibble snacks and sip wine between hydrating lotion massages and paraffin dips. Staff supplement generous business hours with flexible off-hours scheduling, letting men and women work haircut, color, or waxing sessions into a tight schedule and meet the birds who come in to collect the salon's discarded hair for their nests each night.
The tanning technicians at Mira of Beauty take the guesswork out of getting a glow by administering professional airbrush tans at their studio. They mist bodies with paraben-free South Seas tanning products that are infused with DHA, an FDA-approved ingredient. These top-of-the-line bronzers, which have been featured in Allure magazine and used on the sets of many television shows, are emitted from high-volume, low-pressure guns at a slow rate to ensure glows go on even, unlike applying them with a salad shooter.
Within a private chamber in Nob Hill, the team and high-tech equipment at Costa Del Sol Tanning help clients gild and streamline their guises. UV beds, both lie-down and standup, coax out melanin stores with four levels of lamp strength, and clients shunning the sun can enlist a staff member to custom-mist their pelt with an Infinity Sun hand piece. The airbrush system emits a fog of natural botanicals that resist streaking and discoloring, delivering a more natural-looking tan than even the freshest Crayola markers. Slim-it body wraps work to tighten, firm, and detoxify sagging skin with far-infrared heat and specialized creams.
Shimmer specializes in skin-based services for the discerning dermis. Today’s deal gives you the choice of targeting your surface elements with a UV-free spray tanning session, or subcutaneously with an infrared body wrap. Both auto-services are achieved without much help from human hands, although a skilled and friendly staff will be on hand to assist you at any time and answer questions ranging from “Am I doing this right?” to “Is it okay if I bring my pet squid in here with me?”
For more than 30 years, Always Tan Skin + Body's skilled staff of technicians has been devising its ever-changing menu of advanced spa treatments to restore stressed clients. The spa gets its name from a lineup of UV-centric tanning beds that gently bronze bodies in 12- to 20-minute sessions, but the staff of aestheticians and massage therapists run a full-service spa. Luxuriously heated massage tables cradle clients' cloth-draped bodies as certified therapists summon knots from the deepest layers of the muscular system with a variety of massage styles, including shiatsu and craniosacral. Though they specialize in therapeutic massages, the dexterous therapists easily adjust their kneads to accommodate clients' injuries, soreness, or migratory pancreases. To revive vivid or dull complexions, the spa administers microdermabrasions and custom facials backed by skincare lines such as DermaQuest, Image, and Le Mieux. Between treatments, clients can take a breather in the spa's quiet lounge, lined with black leather chairs and vibrant, lily-pad-themed paintings, while indulging in hot herbal teas and filtered mineral spring water harvested from the room's personal Niagara Falls–size waterfall.