Tanning enthusiast Alisa Hostettler likes to joke that her lifelong dream of opening a tanning salon was supposed to give her the freedom to "sit on my butt all day." Ironically, she hasn't had a chance to sit down in eight years, dividing her time between the salon and traveling to beauty and body-building competitions, where she gives contestants meticulous last-minute touchups. When she's on the road, Alisa's all-female staff takes customers on a tour of the salon and details the wattage, UVA output, and maximum land speed of its 12 UV tanning beds.
Though all tanning salons are required to have one certified employee and three emergency lumberjacks, every member of Alisa's staff has taken the necessary classes and lined the walls with certification plaques. Clients seeking a personalized Turbo hand spray tan can change in the privacy of a well-lit dressing room before entering a tile-covered tanning suite. Gender-neutral spritzes of lemongrass or vanilla-sugar aromas mask the scent of DHA as technicians spray each limb until it approaches the desired hue. Back in the dressing room after the misting, clients get to check themselves out and inquire about the whereabouts of various princesses in a full-length mirror.
The award-winning Eco Hair Design keeps its carbon footprint low and its style standards high. The chemically sensitive salon refrains from using perfumes, after-shaves, and lotions during its treatments in order to keep a hypoallergenic environment. In addition to basic cuts and styles, the salon offers color treatments and nailcare services.
At Becoming New, a diverse team of licensed cosmeticians, a paramedical esthetician, a massage therapist, and nail technicians enhance appearances with modern technology. The experts shy away from invasive surgery and instead employ ultrasonic technology to target fat deposits and ultherapy to sculpt arms and necks. The spa’s arsenal also includes detoxifying and slimming body wraps, as well as chemical peels that help erase fine lines and other signs of aging. For gentler rejuvenation, skin experts treat pores to blueberry and champagne facials. The staff add the finishing touches to appearances with permanent hair removal and manicures that brighten nails with CND Shellac and Gelish polish, which resist chipping even while slapping a rude statue.
At Hair 1 and Spa 2, Charity (DeSear) Zeigler draws upon two decades of experience in the beauty industry, transforming men's and women's looks with an array of relaxing treatments. In the salon area, skilled hands craft haircuts, highlights, lowlights, and corrective colors. Fingers and toes relax during spa mani-pedis featuring heat therapy and soothing scrubs. Staff banishes body fuzz with traditional waxing services, as well as laser hair-removal and electrolysis treatments that can prepare legs for the beach or enhance an arm wrestler's aerodynamic advantage.
A hybrid hair salon and vintage-duds boutique, Closet Diva's Consignment and Salon unleashes the beautifying effects of Redken products on mop tops in need of some maintenance. Stylists gather up frazzled strands and lather them up with shampoo clouds before snipping away fist-size wads of bubble gum and styling strands into new 'dos. An all-over color makes sure even the most flour-dusted hairdo shines, and conditioning elixirs soak through coiffures that have dried out during leisurely strolls across deserts. Lemon-soaked walls and sunny brick pillars circle the salon's hardwood floors, and an adjacent consignment shop decks out patrons in threads previously owned by trendsetters and fashionable scarecrows.
All About You Salon's sociable stylists tend to tresses with experienced hands, straightening locks with formaldehyde-free KeraStraight products. During the two- to four-hour treatment, the solution sinks into the hair's internal cortex and sheaths cuticles in a low-pH protein to repair, strengthen, and straighten damaged locks. Nanomolecules of 22-karat gold embedded in the product infuse hair with an extra punch of shine that, like the upcoming holiday season, lasts up to four months. Coifs in any condition, whether chemically treated, dyed, or previously untouched, readily accept the smoothening, and clients can shampoo on the same day of their treatment.
Ural is a region in Russia that’s known for its gemstones. One gemstone in particular makes an appearance during treatments at L'ural Spa: moonstone. Known for its relaxing properties, the gemstone helps center patrons as they undergo signature facials or relaxing massages. The staff also beautifies skin with heated wax, specialized serums, and microdermabrasion tools.