Rizzieri Aveda School, an Aveda-partnered beauty institute, guides its star students to pamper heads with an array of hair services. A cut and style for women ($18), men ($12), or kids ($10) turns head-shrubs into an artful garden, and a formal style ($30) gives noggins the confidence to finally march into the glamorous new grocery store. Snag a full head of highlights ($42+) or partial foil highlights ($32+) to replace fading summer sunshine, or invest in permanent waving to give locks squiggly volume ($30+).
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain dangerous UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. The tone-savvy staff can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
The Makeup Bar Salon may be named for its chair-lined countertops that brim with signature cosmetics, but its staff of stylists and aestheticians brings much more than just makeup artistry to the table. Supervised by Lisa Severino, a makeup artist with more than 20 years of experience, the salon’s many claims to fame include a seaweed facial that was a 2011 Pick by InStyle magazine and a blow-dry bar with a choice of three styling options: tousled, straight, or Louis XIV. Meanwhile, eyebrow specialists flaunt years of over-eye artistry in brow-shaping sessions that both correct past tweezing blunders and ensure flattering contours when brows grow out. Clients can put a bow on their spa and salon services with exclusive cosmetics, whether the salon’s own or the feng-shui-inspired Color Elements line designed by Severino herself.
Certified massage therapist Mathew LaRaque employs an arsenal of holistic massage techniques to soothe musculature. Hour-long energetic-touch massages fuse the flowing strokes of Swedish massage, the muscle relief of deep-tissue massage, and heat-based Eastern techniques into a set of movements that leave backs as relaxed as a cat sprawled on the carpeted floor of the sun. In the 60-minute deep-tissue treatment, the therapist's deft fingers delve beneath dermal layers to relieve tensions stored in muscles and surrounding tissue, a procedure recommended for patrons who suffer from chronic pains.
Individualized attention is the name of the game at Ageless Skin Solutions. Massage therapists take the time to consult with clients, and aestheticians thoroughly analyze the skin with assistance from the sun-damage-detecting Visia machine. Staffers then carefully select the appropriate massage lotions or skin products and thoroughly explain each service in detail. The team uses only noncomedogenic ingredients and pure pressed oils discovered during years of researching product lines and conversations with houseplants. Skincare experts personalize treatments to focus on specific concerns, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines, and employ innovative anti-aging processes including microcurrent technology and LED phototherapy. Exfoliating enzymes and diamond-based microdermabrasion sessions banish dead cells and include a complimentary massage of the face, neck, shoulders, and décolleté.
After aromatherapy-filled full-body massages, staff members direct rejuvenated guests toward the relaxation room for hot green tea or fruit-infused water and a light snack. The boutique-style reception area greets guests with elegant chandeliers, and treatment rooms cosset eyes with soft candlelight ideal for crafting a shadow-puppet version of The English Patient.
Getting a rich, even tan doesn't require long days at the beach or weekly tanning bed sessions. At Bronzatura Airbrush Studio, airbrush artists create streak-free tans in just minutes, and back their work with a no-orange guarantee that ensures newly bronzed bodies look natural and healthy. To help clients keep their beach glow longer, the salon also stocks goodies such as body buffer exfoliators and lotions, which can help extend a tan's life, just like spoon feeding it vitamins.