When MTV’s MADE was in town and needed to complete a dramatic makeover for the episode “Ladies Man,” the show knew whose door to knock. As L Spa Modern’s experts bronzed the episode’s Don Juan-in-training, they added yet another tan to the more than 25,000—including thousands of wedding tans—they’ve completed in the past nine-plus years. The salon’s automated airbrush platform darkens skin to a choice of three shades in just 10 minutes so guests can get in and out and on with their plot to mock the eternally pale moon. Before or after sessions, clients can sip complimentary cappuccinos, mochas, and lattes, or 14 kinds of tea.
Evolve Spa welcomes customers with a modern, spacious interior, whose warm wood and leather accents create a calming environment that melts stress and unfinished snow cones away. After stepping into one of Evolve's private massage rooms, clients can stretch out on a comfortable, emotionally supportive massage bed. Once you are horizontal, one of Evolve's highly trained massage therapists will proceed to work his or her sure-handed magic on all knots, kinks, and pinched nerves incurred during a daring mental-prison escape. After an hour of tenderizing treatment, newly de-knotted customers can nimbly wander out into the world feeling a strange sense of kinship to Gumby.
For Glo On The Go owner Gail Ward, tan skin seemed like an impossible dream. With a strong history of skin cancer in her family, she knew tanning beds and booths were off-limits and turned instead to bottled tanning lotions and creams, trying nearly every one she could find with less than ideal results. So when Gail’s sister Esther told her about airbrush tanning, she decided to give it a shot—and was amazed to discover she had finally found a method of self-tanning that worked for her skin type and, best of all, looked natural. She was so impressed, in fact, that she decided to open her own tanning salon in order to share airbrush tanning with melanoma survivors and other clients concerned about the adverse health effects of traditional tanning.
Eight years—and 30 spray-tan-solution tests—later, Gail took her commitment to counteracting paleness one step further by developing her own line of custom spray-tan solutions. The custom formulas allow Gail and her staff of skincare experts to match clients’ skin types to the solution best suited to their needs. The Clearly Tan Light solution, for example, is ideal for skin that burns easily, whereas the salon's go-to formula, Beautifully Bronzed, is fortified with anti-aging and skin-strengthening ingredients such as amino acids and vitamins A, C, and E, making it an ideal option for nearly anyone, but especially those looking to avoid scurvy.
In as little as 12 minutes, patrons can bronze their bodies in Tanning Haven’s Matrix bed. It is outfitted with more than 22,000 watts and six facial tanners. Less intense tanning options, such as base beds and standup beds, are also available and allow clients to relax for up to 25 minutes each session. For those wanting a glow sans UV rays, an airbrush tan or dip in a bath of melted pennies does the trick.
At Classic Image Salon and Spa, stylists and aestheticians form lasting relationships with their clients, keeping a database of each visitor's product and treatment history. Stylist Sloane Cecil, for example, calls upon 27 years of experience to render beautiful haircuts, styles, and color services. Beyond personalizing their services, the studio's staff give detailed instructions to help clients care for their skin, hair, and pet shih tzu.
The Aveda concept salon incorporates botanically based Aveda products to style tresses and purify complexions. Five spa packages thread the scents of key aromatherapy oils through varied treatments, and haircare services transcend style with the detoxifying effects of Aveda cleansers.
"We have no regular beds or level 1 or level 2 reflector beds. Tiki tan is different then any compatitor. We start off with a level 3 bed in all Tiki location's. This means beds with more wattage per lamps, reflector lamps, and some Tiki's ;eve; 3 include 3 facials.