From their perch near Syracuse University, Studio FX’s team of hairstylists, nail artists, and wax technicians have beautified locals for more than 35 years. Their specialty hair services include highlights, hair extensions, updos, and Brazilian blowouts, which leave hair sleeker and more manageable for up to five months. Apart from hair, they paint nails, apply make-up, wax, and lengthen eyelashes with extensions.
Seven days a week, SunDazzle Tanning welcomes customers to choose their own bronzing adventures by offering three levels of UV tanning, custom airbrush spray tans, and an impressive supply of indoor-tanning lotions. Traditional tanning beds and booths allow customers to bask standing or lying down, and each machine offers facial lamps to ensure an even, all-over glow from head to heel. The shop’s staff is trained and certified by Smart Tan International, allowing them to relate important tips and techniques, such as how to maintain a new hue or how to ace the tanning portion of the SAT.
Under the leadership of a 37-year industry veteran, the stylists and aestheticians at Fortunato’s European Hair Design revamp and renew clients with a combination of nail, hair, waxing, and massage services. The hair whisperers wield Eufora International products as they craft curls, tame frizz, and maintain dreadlocks with the same level of love that cowboys show their lassos. Alternatively, the salon’s nail technicians gussy up appendages with gel manicures and nail art, and massage therapists soothe away knots with therapeutic Swedish and deep-tissue strokes.
At Sunraes Tanning Salon, it can be difficult to decide just how to get that golden bronze glow. The root of this happy problem is the salon’s arsenal of six different tanning bed types, which range from basic level one tanning beds to unparalleled level five beds equipped with a cooling water mist, face and shoulder tanners, and 52 low pressure bulbs. Sunraes also offers UV-free color, misting away paleness with customized, hand-applied airbrush spray tanning.
Unlike baking under UV lamps, being spritzed with Island Mist Tanning’s aloe-based tanning solution moisturizes skin, takes only five minutes, and keeps bodies bronze for up to two weeks. Plus, its organic airbrush tan ensures an even, natural-looking coat. The shop also offers mobile tanning and party packages, as well as products such as vegan bronzer.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray-tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.