Since opening in 1996 as a barbershop, Solaris Hair Salon has undergone a complete renovation and added women’s salon services, manicures, and spray tanning. Owners with more than 20 years in the beauty industry run the salon, where a team of stylists suits facial features and styling preferences when they render men’s, women’s, and children’s haircuts. They pull from a library of more than 500 hair colors; Chi Ionic’s shades are ammonia-free, and Clairol Professional color has a soy complex that conditions and adds shine to hair.
At the salon's manicure stations, nail technicians coat digits with regular or Shellac polish, and perform specialty manicures such as an anti-aging version with antioxidant-rich grapeseed oil and pomegranate exfoliant. The team also administers spray tanning from Fake Bake, which enriches skin with a paraben-free botanical blend that promises not to turn orange, like the chameleon you’re hiding in the grass.
An expanse of cool gray tones and sleek wooden floors surrounds the styling chairs at allureStudio, where seasoned beauty specialists revamp clients from cowlick to cuticle. Hairstylists drench locks in Redken and Moroccanoil products and add shine with foil highlights or color. Across the room, nail technicians buff, shape, and polish finger and toenails, while wax experts eradicate unwanted hair and make skin smoother than a dolphin's best pickup line. Before their appointment, clients can flip through the pages of a magazine while reclining on the waiting area’s chocolate-colored sofa.
At Sunfastic Tanning Resorts, clients don’t just get a tan—they get a dose of vitamin D or an infusion of antioxidants and pure botanicals. Each of the four levels of tanning beds pumps out 10,000 units of natural vitamin D, and lotions from Australian Gold, Designer Skin, and Swedish Beauty enhance tans and keep skin moisturized. The tanning resort also provides airbrush tanning using a custom-blended natural solution made with antioxidants, pure botanicals, and sweat from Solaro, the man who runs the sun. Thirty-minute teeth-whitening sessions keep teeth from acquiring the same bronze shade that skin has. The treatment's light activator, which shines on the FDA-approved hydrogen-peroxide gel to release its whitening power, can be adjusted for people with sensitive teeth.
Smart Tan–certified managers oversee all the comings and goings at each Island Sun Tanning location as staff members help patrons shade shift with bronzing equipment and products by Devoted Creations and Designer Skin. UV beds cool skin with air-conditioning systems and calm the senses with aromatherapy mists. MP3-player docks increase the relaxation potential, allowing bodies to settle into the beds' contoured confines and listen to their favorite music or bedtime stories read by Morgan Freeman.
For patrons seeking sunless options, staffers utter secret passwords that open the doors of VersaSpa and Mystic Tan spray-tan booths, which leave bodies bronzed for up to seven days. Red-light-therapy sessions aim to firm and tone skin, and hydration stations combine steam, radiant heat, and liquid vitamins to extend the life of new tans.
When not reuniting bodies with their ideal shades of bronze, the caring crew has worked to fight hunger in the local community by collecting donated canned goods for Philabundance.
Inside a brick façade lies Touch of Bronze’s brown-hued beauty haven, where shelves brim with tanning lotions awaiting their call to service. Guests follow elegant chandeliers down the salon’s hallway before slipping into rooms outfitted with tanning beds or treatment tables. On these tables, techs sheathe physiques in detoxifying body wraps that aim to shrink fat cells the way jean shorts shrink egos.
The staff members at Hollywood Tans guide their customers to the best tanning options for their skin types with a variety of booth and bulb intensities and their own specialized line of indoor tanning lotions. In addition to the high-performance stand-up tanning booths, they also offer UV-free tanning options powered by Mystic Tan.