Sunlit Nails helps bolster the beauty of patrons of all ages, transforming their scraggly nails into sleek and shiny hand accessories. A mural of a tropical sunset is displayed behind taupe and burgundy pedicure chairs, near which experienced nail technicians clip, file, and paint nails. Nearby, a fluffy white bear head adorns the top of child-size pedicure chairs, and a small screen plays movies while kids’ feet soak. At manicure stations, technicians cover nails with long-lasting Shellac, Gelish, and OPI polishes or acrylic nails, which enable agoraphobic fingernails to finally venture out of their owner’s pants pockets.
The private rooms at Tan-Tastic Tanning yield many paths to acquiring richer pigmentation. Among the most popular of these are bronze-, silver-, and platinum-level tanning beds that imbue skin with varying degrees of UV light to ensure a smooth and even tone. Bronze beds illume bodies and faces with separate tanners, silver beds cradle client in an ergonomic acrylic base that includes a ventilation system and mp3 plug-in, and platinum beds boast high-pressure bulbs and shoulder tanners. Just off to the side of its more traditional siblings, a VersaSpa spray-tan booth burnishes skin with a UV-free mist until it achieves the rich, bronze hue of a deep-fried garden sculpture. At the salon’s front desk, lotions and elixirs from Swedish Beauty and Australian Gold mingle with blends from Devoted Creations, such as a skin-firming aromatherapy formula with anticellulite agents and white-birch extract.
Gazing into one of the ornate mirrors at Hello Gorgeous, you might expect a disembodied face to insist you’re the fairest of them all. The waves of gold that wrap around each styling station’s mirror evoke a fairy-tale setting. In fact, the entire salon does: hardwood floors, an intricately embellished bureau, and fresh flowers are reminiscent of a surprisingly chic cottage. Drink in your surroundings as beauticians cut and style hair, paint nails, or perform another salon service.
A Petite Spa is a professional, full-service relaxery equipped with advanced equipment and high-quality products. Managed by a friendly, knowledgeable staff, the spa offers a wide range of skincare and bronzing treatments in a warm and welcoming environment. The 90-minute customized fabulous facial rejuvenates rough head husks through an exfoliation treatment, a glycolic peel, a hydrating vitamin mask, a "facelift" massage, and a therapeutic hand or foot massage. Customers can also sign up for a spray-tan session with the spa's skilled tanning consultant. The sunless-tan solution imbues your flesh with a new hue for up to 10 days and gives you a fresh-off-the-beach glow sans UV rays or suspiciously glowing beaches.
At Angelora Color Salon, stylists draw on vast stores of creativity and love of natural beauty to transform headscapes into works of art. The salon maintains the intimacy of the setting as the staff create custom cuts for the whole family, correct botched at-home color jobs, and relax frizz with texturizing treatments.
Along with nourishing locks with styling products from Paul Mitchell, the salon also stocks its shelves with the brand's Tea Tree line, which infuses skin and hair with energizing citrus and herb extracts to help calm stress and freshen the insides of top hats.
Melissa Whiddon, owner of Bliss Salon, has such a wealth of experience that she trains other aestheticians and stylists as a certified Redken and TIGI educator, and works as a platform artist at hairstyling shows and competitions throughout the year. When not on the road, she heads to her salon daily to trim locks, wax away unwanted hair, and rejuvenate skin with the New Youth skin-treatment system.
The salon itself resides in a low, salmon-colored building nestled amid winding walkways and shrubbery. Lion statues flank the ornate front door, pawing jealously at the manes of clients on their way out. In spite of her salon's luxuriously appointed exterior, Melissa keeps the interior comfortable and homey, with warm area rugs and hardwood floors beneath plush armchairs and couches.