At California Sun Tanporiums, nominated as one of the Top 250 Salons in the USA by Looking Fit magazine, bodies slip into a UV-free beach-bronze glow that lasts 4–7 days with Versa Spa sunless-tanning sessions. Clients step inside a private Versa Spa tanning booth, where a voice-activation system walks them through the three-step process that imparts a faux tan more natural looking than self-applied bronzers or wearing an oversize parking cone. Each session begins with a pH-balancing treatment to disperse natural oils, followed by an evenly applied mist of sunless tanner, a serum comprised of DHA, amino acids, and aloe that increases color depth and moisturizes skin without streaks. The machine-sprayed service finishes with a hydrating treatment of botanicals, soy proteins, and green-tea extracts to replenish vital nutrients, diminish fine lines, and wean skin off of its soda-pop bath addiction.
This old-school barbershop sports walls painted with realistic bricks and plaster cracks, plush couches in the waiting area, and quality cuts to keep sprouting scalps and whiskered faces in check. The Shop's owner, Georgie McCusker, offers a beer to every customer coming through his doors and focuses on keeping the atmosphere casual and relaxed. Flat-screen TVs are within eyeball reach of all chairs, allowing clients to contemplate the merits of Bad Boys II while their mops are lopped into proper shape. Open early, The Shop maintains an immaculately clean interior and all the polish of a corporate barbershop while providing the friendly charm of a local elderly fellow leaning against a striped pole while murmuring gently about sassafras.
The team at Sherif Zaki Salon & The Oasis Spa, led by internationally trained hairstylist Sherif Zaki, believes that beauty and confidence go hand in hand. In an effort to bolster both, they use state-of-the-art tools and creative, customized techniques in order to accent each individual's personality and style. The service menu includes spa, salon, nail, and acupuncture treatments, and preliminary consultations help to ensure that each client receives care best suited to his or her lifestyle.
Inside the salon, stylists cut, color, and highlight hair as well as add texture with permanent waves and Balmain hair extensions. Nail technicians, working in an exceptionally clean environment, repair broken nails and soften skin with paraffin-wax dips, and makeup artists highlight features with professional applications and makeup lessons. On the spa side of things, aestheticians cleanse pores, and rejuvenate damaged skin, and set it aglow with a collection of facials, while massage therapists invite visitors to escape from stress and relax. Dr. Don Liu partners with the salon and spa to treat allergies, migraines, and chronic pain using acupuncture.
1401 Hair Designs & Massage Therapy owner Joyce Bell knows that glamour can't be measured with a ruler. The short-hair specialist has been creating easy, manageable styles for manes of all lengths for more than 30 years, with services that can include everything from 1950s-inspired roller sets to chic, modern blowouts inspired by the future. Her staff members pull products from brands such as Joico, Roux, and Goldwell as they create dimension with custom color and highlights, and they can also use their skills to style wigs and hairpieces for cancer patients and other hair-loss sufferers. On the spa side of the service menu, licensed massage therapists help to promote relaxation and increased energy using craniosacral, reflexology, and Japanese hot-stone therapies. Onsite certified herbalist Kelly Bell is also on hand to help clients to detox or to stabilize their body weight by crafting custom nutrition plans that rely on all-natural vitamins and organic herbs instead of starvation diets or strongly worded letters to the liver.
All puns aside, you would expect a team of trained, no-nonsense professionals to work at a place called The Head Quarters. And that's exactly what you'll find at this North Wilmington salon, where stylists welcome men, women, and children in search of classic and modern looks. This place isn't just about haircuts; other options include extensions, organic hair color, and a wide range of nail services. The salon's nail technicians are just as willing as their styling counterparts to experiment with bold color. During mani-pedis, they cover nails with everything from sparkles to scary flames that show you don't mess around.
Gold-framed mirrors, Buddha statues, a spiral staircase, and purple accent walls lend an eclectic yet relaxed vibe to Skin Care Studio by kat, where aesthetician Kat Cabrera pampers her clients with signature services and products from A Natural Difference and shea butter/coconut creams and sugar scrubs made on-site with all-natural ingredients. In addition to classic spa treatments, such as facials, eyelash extensions, and waxing, she administers four types of chemical peels and dermaplaning—a treatment that uses a blade to oust unwanted hair and dead skin cells at the same time.