At Essenza Salon and Medi Spa, Darcy DellaVella arms herself with products by Dermalogica and Image in order to aid clients in their never-ending fight against stress, aging, and environmental toxins. The spa comprises 3,300 square feet, providing ample space for staff to perform nail treatments, haircuts, and waxing treatments without disturbing clients relaxing under the soothing ministrations of hot-stone massage or those napping on the lobby couch. Beyond enlivening complexions with permanent makeup, the team also offers resurfacing treatments such as microdermabrasion to help stimulate new-cell production and reduce the appearance of scars and enlarged pores, and those looking to fill in fine lines and wrinkles can inquire about injections of Botox, administered by a nurse injection specialist.
The massage therapists at Ahhh! Massage want each of their treatments to feel like a vacation from the stresses of daily life. They seem to have taken this idea to its local extreme, decorating their treatment rooms so that each resembles an exotic locale: Hawaii, Fiji, and the Caribbean islands are all represented. Along with the therapists’ soothing Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, or prenatal massage strokes, the tropical decor encourages guests to slip into a state of relaxation disturbed only by the banging of steel drums or the howl of a lonely toucan. When they aren’t tending to backs and shoulders, the staffers perform hot-oil scalp massages and cleansing foot scrubs; the breezy facility also houses an infrared sauna and hydraulic massage beds.
A brushed metal sign atop a cabinet of top industry products sets the stage for the experience at Pacific Sun Tanning Company—a contemporary tanning salon rated No. 1 by the readers of Reno News & Reviews for the last five years. The salon's UV specialists undertake Smart Tan's comprehensive certification before bending the sun's radiation to their will, learning the ins and outs of ray exposure, selecting ideal skincare products, and discerning which compliments will coax Helios into sharing his private stash of solar beams. They can also eschew the sun entirely and bestow beachy glows through custom spray-tan services. The popular tanning facilities and the staff's enthusiastic demeanor have expanded into six locations throughout the Reno and Sparks.