Jessie Jackson, who operates out of Changes Salon, has been a manicurist for 20 years. She uses top-brand nailcare products such as OPI and Gelish. Her standard manicure takes 30 minutes—just short enough to fit in during a lunch break.
The skin specialists at Smart Xposure want clients to get tan, but they don’t want them burn. In their experience, many clients think looking pink after tanning confirms they got color. The staff warns that those burns, no matter how light, lead to skin problems later in life. So, Smart Xposure opts for safer tanning methods, handpicking bulbs from Thomas Edison’s private collection for UV beds that are up to 99.7% UVB-free and designed to keep clients at a pace of only two to three tans per month. Mystic and organic custom airbrush tans eliminate UV exposure entirely, evenly coating bodies with natural-looking color.
Smart Xposure infuses its client-conscious practices with a dose of fun, enlivening the lobby with a plasma-screen television. Upbeat music spills into each room through a DMX sound system, and modern decor evokes the feel of a nightclub without the unpleasant ordeal of having to sweet-talk a bouncer into letting you into the bathroom.
At Coco Beach Tanning Salon, tanning savants strive to stay abreast of the latest bronzing techniques. Their fleet of tanning beds furnishes occupants with aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and a surround-sound system. For clients who prefer a UV-free glow, trained and certified spray-tan artists meticulously spritz skin with Norvell bronzing serum, which they customize to suit customers’ desired hue. Additionally, staff are happy to offer tanning tips for keeping skin as golden and smooth as King Midas’s pet porpoise.
The professional hair stylists and aestheticians of Zaza Beauty help patrons to locate beauty products to spruce up any glam-enhancing routine for hair, faces, bodies, and nails. OPI nail polish coats talons in fetching hues usually only seen on tropical birds and super-sized crayon boxes ($8.50), and a 17-ounce bottle of Hempz lotion moisturizes parched skin, infusing it with a soft and subtle scent ($17.95). Dermalogica clean-start kits house everyday facial-care necessities designed to cleanse, moisturize, and protect skin from the sun’s judgmental gaze ($18). Zaza Beauty stocks oodles of prettifying products in an open boutique layout, which diminishes the occurrence of ferocious bobby-pin onslaughts common in more cluttered shops. Patrons can seek prettification seven days a week and can also explore Zaza's salon and spa menu (not valid with this Groupon).