Back in 1999, brothers David and Rick Kueber noticed a lag in business at their chain of video-rental shops during the summer months, when no one wanted to be cooped up inside watching movies. The two put their heads together and found a rather unconventional solution to their problem: tanning beds. They installed a new fleet of skin-bronzing machines and sat back as so many clients flocked to their shop that the brothers were forced to open an entire store just to cater to their clients? tanning demands. This was the birth of Sun Tan City. Today, what started as an experimental side business boasts more than 200 locations across 16 states.
The staff at each location maintains a meticulously clean space, where they show clients to UV beds dubbed fast, faster, fastest, and instant. The beds include features such as facial tanners and self-contained air conditioners. Alternatively, clients can opt for the UV-free, automated VersaSpa system, which swathes physiques in a DHA, plant-based bronzing solution. The liquid reacts naturally with skin?s amino acids, creating an even coat as radiant as the high beams on Helios?s chariot within 46 seconds.
One wasn't enough for Radiant Complexions Dermatology Clinics—its team of doctors and nurse practitioners have established 11 offices across Iowa and Arizona in the past decade. At each location, dermatology specialists preserve the health and unique character of all skin types with medical and cosmetic treatments. They can resolve all types of skin problems, and tend to strictly aesthetic concerns from the outside in with chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermal fillers. Offices are equipped with advanced StarLux fractional lasers, which firm the skin by stimulating collagen production at the dermal layer, and VelaShape machines that use radio and light energies to reduce the appearance of cellulite and sagging skin. A scientifically formulated line of skincare products allow for at-home care with glycolic acid, retinol, and Vitamin C.
Soothing Bioelements serums and medical-grade SkinBorn products are always within an arm's reach of Skin Spa's aesthetician Jinah, who pampers face and body with indulgent spa services. The team swathes clients from head to toe in detoxifying body wraps and sloughs off dead skin cells with Mandarin scrubs. They cleanse skin and unclog pores with one-hour facials, complemented by light chemical peels that gently buff away imperfections such as fine lines, acne, and wayward sock lint. Aestheticians also dispense swift waxing treatments, stripping away stubble from underarms, legs, and bikini areas.
Salon de vallon owner Sara Mulvaney and her team of stylists?who just celebrated their five-year anniversary?offer services that include luxurious cut and color treatments, mani-pedis, and makeup application and lessons, each using French and upscale styling products.
Bombshell Hair Design's experienced styling artists shape tresses and sculpt nails into contoured objets d'art using enriching products from brands such as AG, Kenra, and Aquage. Scissors snip and clip through dense follicular jungles during the haircut ($30+), leaving behind an impeccably styled head-garden dotted with kite-flying children. An all-over color ($50+) enlivens lackluster hairscapes, while highlights ($70+) illuminate singular strands without the use of interwoven Christmas lights. Otherwise, banish unwanted facial filaments with an array of waxing services ($12+) or soften fuzzy manes with a keratin smoothing treatment (price upon consultation).
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: OPI gel color manicure
Brands Used: Kenra, Pureology, OPI
Pro Tip: Check our daily specials calendar at www.beautyfirstdm.com.
Most salons stock a limited selection of hair products and maybe one or two additional beauty treatments. Beauty First, on the other hand, supplies patrons with a wide variety of hair, skincare, and makeup products from top brands such as DevaCurl, Clarisonic, Murad, and Mirabella Beauty.
The salon's experts draw on this beauty stockpile during their treatments, applying a Kenra smoothing solution to hair and then flat-ironing it until it's frizz-free, swiping coats of OPI gel polish on nails, and recommending Murad or Dermalogica products for home use after a skin analysis. The salon offers daily discounts on their calendar, helping you look beautiful without paying a high price, unlike Cinderella's greedy mice.