The seasoned beauty-boosters at Island Sun Tanning & Spa send guests home with the tools necessary to transform yellowed gumstones into pristine pearly whites. Each BleachBright NightBright kit contains a mini blue LED light and one vial of hydrogen-peroxide gel designed to restore sparkles to discolored choppers. Users first coat their cuisine crushers in the whitening solution before activating the formula’s whitening agents with the special blue light. The approximately 15- to 20-minute whitening process works diligently to erase blemishes on enamel caused by drinking coffee, eating blueberry pie, and biting rainbows.
Although the stylists and aestheticians at Corey’s Salon and Spa are each experts of style and color, they don’t rest on their laurels. Each member of the team participates in industry training to stay up to speed on emerging trends and uncharted color techniques. This dedication to excellence reveals itself with smooth, consistent color and haircuts. In addition to staying on top of the latest in haircuts and color treatments, Corey's offers waxing, spray-tanning, and makeup services, as well as eyelash and hair extensions.
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.
Steven Sobel Salon provides all the necessities for an image-altering salon experience, which is why it was voted one of Elle magazine’s Top 100 Salons in the United States. A women’s haircut and style ($55+) provides an opportunity to slice and dice bangs and work the rest of a coiffure into preened perfection. Men ($35+) and kids ($20) can also have a session in the spinny chairs for a cut by one of Sobel’s scissor ninjas. Other styling options, such as updos ($50+), are available for defying gravity during upside-down proms. The salon’s coloring catalog offers single-process sessions ($60+), partial highlights ($90+), gloss ($35), and conditioning treatments ($20) to cover all quick changes. Anti-curl treatments ($95+) act as a peace accord between stubbornly twisty locks and sensible scalps, effectively ending years of trade embargos.