Island Sun's staff of skin experts is devoted to the safe, customized pampering of each client's pores and pigments. In addition to offering three levels of bed tanning to facilitate totally tailored finishes ($8–$19.99 per session, many packages also available), the salon offers UV-free sprayable sun services if you prefer sun showering to sunbathing ($42–$45 per session). Spray tanning sessions at Island Sun only take 60 seconds, meaning you can get golden in less time than it takes your friends to fasten their gladiator sandals before hitting the beachside arena. The salon uses the top-of-the-line VersaSpa sunless tanning system to deliver streak-free, natural-looking results.
Corte's Medi-Spa & Salon's amiable skin soothers have been professionally preening pelts since 2003. The serenity center pacifies patrons with 30-minute customized treatments such as the Jessner peel, during which dermatologists frost flavorless frontal façades with a Betty-Crocker-approved glycolic cleanser to purge oil from pores. Skin savants then slather faces with Jessner solution, a concoction that corrals the power of resorcinol, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to buff bumpy mugs. Customers quell licks of discomfort with a fan-bolstered breeze until staff neutralize the acid with warm words and remove masks with cool water. Patrons experience peeling and flaking for a week followed by pink or brown hues that eventually fade into smooth, healthy-looking skin.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa 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.
In 1987, after just three years of shearing locks, Robert Jeffery Williamson earned an invitation that would shape the course of his career. After competing with more than 300 eager stylists, he was one of 14 picked to study under dramatic hair artists Irvine and Rita Rusk in Scotland. After this training, Jeff returned to tour the United States, where he shared the latest styling techniques at hair shows, became a Rusk Senior Master Designer, and still found time to open his eponymous salon. Today, Jeff has hung up his traveling shoes in order to devote his time to that salon and the skills of the stylists within. His stylists carry on the lessons of his past, employing Rusk products as they snip and color tresses. Yet Jeff continues learning and evolving, and his recent training with Screen Hair Care inspired him to expand the salon’s arsenal with Screen products.
The studio space itself draws on the themes of stardom. Director-style chairs let guests await their appointment in style, and paintings of moviemakers and jazz musicians lend color and inspiration. While there, clients can also visit cosmetics professionals who help them custom-blend their own shades of lipstick, eyeliner, and nail polish so they can match an evening gown or the bush from which they spy on their neighbors.
A red sign emblazoned with the word "Guru" flies above Robye Ducote's salon like a flag, beckoning guests to pass under the salon's blue-and-white striped awning. The quaint brick exterior opens up to a modern, utilitarian salon with red accents. Here, Rob's stylists create new looks with services such as haircuts, color applications, highlights, formal dos, and Brazilian blowouts. They cleanse and finish coiffures with Davines products, which hail from Italy and were first used by the Renaissance masters who invented the pompadour.