It isn?t just the bride-to-be at the appointment inside Island Hair Studio. She's brought along an entire squad of bridesmaids, who giddily snap pictures as the stylist twirls their friend's hair into cascading curls, pins up a few sections, and tops it all off with a bedazzled headband. The party leaves in a cloud of giggles and cartoon hearts, and the stylist welcomes her next client in need of a cut and color touch-up. Feet away, another customer holds her hands steady as a nail technician paints all ten digits in a bright pink polish.
Founded in 1974 in Memphis, Tennessee, by the eponymous Sam Ross, Fantastic Sams is a family-friendly salon geared toward quality. Today, the brand spans more than 1,200 locations, employing a legion of experienced stylists as they wage wars on bedhead and uneven bangs. Wielding shampoos and conditioners crafted with provitamins and soy proteins, the staff offers services such as haircuts, color treatments, and straightening treatments.
The expansive menu of beauty services at Custom Beaute Permanent Makeup, Dermal Solutions and Wellness Clinic addresses aesthetic concerns from head to toe. Electrolysis wipes out stubborn hair across faces, stomachs, and all 11 toes. Facials help to refurbish skin, while airbrush tans and eyelash extensions add oomph to personal appearances. The staff also tackles issues below the surface of the skin–from headaches to fibromyalgia to plantar fasciitis–using therapeutic massage.
Montrose Studio and Spa offers a wide range of holistic healing practices, from sunrise yoga classes to guided meditation, reiki, chakra cleansing, and more. Medical massage therapy sessions can alleviate stress and improve energy. Spa services such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, Botox, fillers, and reflexology are also available.
Brothers Richard and Philip Samuel operate Maximum Tan, pitching in daily to maintain four levels of tanning equipment at seven salons. A computer system monitors the freshness of lamps in every lie-down and standup UV bed, tracking each bulb's hours so that it can be changed before the standard recommended time. The employees, who are trained in skincare, tanning hygiene, and equipment operation, can bronze bodies with custom airbrush tans or escort guests to self-operated VersaSpa booths. Each store is kept cool so that customers can stay comfortable after tanning sessions or long days babysitting electric blankets.