In Aussie Tan Tanning Salon’s primary-color salon, clients bronze to even hues with SunStar UV-tanning beds and Norvell spray-tan solutions. The salon stocks its facility with a trio of standard beds, including a standup booth and a high-intensity bed, each of which helps patrons gradually build up a seamless bronze hue with UV light. Salon aestheticians administer Norvell spray tans, employing a hand-held airbrush to meticulously gild bodies until they achieve the color made famous by hot crossed buns.
To further enhance tans, the salon's shelves are stocked with a supply of Designer Skin and California Tan accelerating lotions, which help clients build and sustain deep golden hues while rehydrating skin with tropical-scented creams. Add contrast to your face's new bronze look with BleachBright LED teeth-whitening services, which brighten smiles in 20-minute intervals—enough time to sit down and really think about all the teeth-staining soda and black ink you've consumed.
From Tuesday to Saturday, a team of talented stylists gather at Fashion Cuts Hair and Nails. They cut away overgrown length and color hair in everything from classic highlights to hot-pink ombre highlights. They also tend to finger- and toenails, painting them in an array of colors bright enough to help direct traffic.
Ascend's owner has more than two decades of experience relieving patrons of unwelcome hair. There is no follicle too wispy or fuzz too peachy to avoid the professional wax maidens at Ascend, whose pre-day huddles end with the chant, "If it has hair, it can be made bare." The careful and pleasant purveyors of slickness will use their years of experience and connection with the dark side to target overgrowth sprouts and diligently bid them adieu. Each follicle will loosen its viselike grip of your skin, making it easier to pull each strand from its nest. Target facial follicles with upper-lip ($25) or eyebrow ($25) waxing services, or attack body fuzz and swimsuit borders with a bikini wax ($55). Surface area smoothed by waxing also stays slick and stubble free longer than shaved skin, lessening the chances of attracting a follicular Lorax.
The highly trained digit designers at Metropolis Salon pamper mitts and paws with indulgent manicure and pedicure treatments using salon-grade oils to revitalize cuticles and soften skin. During a 45-minute Desert spa manicure, a talented tech meticulously shapes talons into perfectly curved parabolas before drenching hands in a heat-activated alpha-hydroxy lotion to banish dry skin and cactus prickles. Hands dip in paraffin wax or sink into a steamy hot towel to activate the lotions and to complete the exfoliation process. A vibrant coating of Shellac nail polish finishes the finger treatment and leaves nails perfectly painted and chip free for up to two weeks, unless they are drafted into a senseless thumb war. The basic mani-pedi submits hands and feet to a tantalizing pampering and talon trimming, topped off with a vibrant coat of OPI polish.
For more than 25 years, the friendly and knowledgeable staffs at seven locally owned Maui Beach Tanning locations have been helping clients deepen their skin tone and break through tanning plateaus. Their constantly updated selection of equipment includes internally cooled Tan America UV beds that emanate music from within. Certified spray-tan technicians use sugar-based Norvell formulas to customize hues that last for up to seven days, and the California Tan AutoBronzer booth leaves skin glowing in a matter of minutes. The crew can also recommend which of more than 40 tanning lotions will best suit each customer's skin.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend human rights" and "Protect our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to a UK-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
Armed with current techniques for properly maintaining noggin lawns, Regis Salon’s network of stores keeps clients’ hair in order as dictated by the latest trends. Within this caravan of hair bazaars, customers’ wild manes are tamed by skillful stylists. Use your Groupon toward a shampoo, cut, and blow-dry ($25–$30) and lean back and dream of break-dancing Stay Puft Marshmallow Men as a stylist carefully cleanses hair with shampoo and conditioner and then clips it into stylish head-hedges that beautifully complement scalp-garden pathways. Afterward, the hair that’s left behind will receive a loving blow-dry for a style that gleams and glitters like a ruby-encrusted bowling ball. During the treatment, stylists offer helpful tips and tricks to help clients care for hair at home. If a shampoo and cut isn't your cup of sports drink, put your Groupon toward the cost of another service, such as hair coloring ($50–$55), highlights ($95–$100), or a perm ($60–$65). Prices vary by location.