Though the bright colors and mod furniture of South Beach Tanning’s numerous salons may tempt clients to kick back for hours, that’s not the staff’s goal. Instead, they strive to provide swift, hassle-free tans that get clients out the door quickly to enjoy the day. Each of the chain’s salons boasts a floor plan that is twice as large as the average tanning salon, which increases the likelihood that a bed will be free and therefore reduces annoying wait times. Guests can choose from five tiers of UV beds, whose successive levels beget increased bulb output and more amenities to imbue swifter, more comfortable tans. For a UV-free glow, customers can opt to hop in the salon’s automated VersaSpa booths, which guide jets of pigmented formula from head to toe in only 46 seconds to grant a look as summery as boat sails composed of stitched-together bikinis.
The team at Advanced Skin Care & More soothes body and mind with a synergy of ancient techniques and modern technology. Aestheticians with medical or paramedical training precede every facial with a skin analysis and black-light screening, which can detect skin conditions or milk mustaches. After determining the client's unique skincare needs, an aesthetician cleanses and exfoliates with natural and organic products. Some treatments combat signs of aging with infrared or intense pulsed light, microcurrents, and ultrasound. Aside from facials, the day spa offers massage modalities that range from deep tissue to champissage, an Ayurvedic form of head massage that stimulates the scalp and upper body to increase circulation and the ability to wiggle each ear independently.
Chi Spa’s more than 20 licensed massage therapists are experts in their craft and can easily pull massage techniques from Western and Eastern modalities and seamlessly integrate them into a single session designed to address their clients' problem areas. The therapists owe their versatility to their training in Thai massage at the Wat Po Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. The look and feel of the distinctive Thai relaxation retreats followed them back to Chi Spa, which is decorated with elaborate woodcuts and statues imported from Thailand. The treatment rooms preserve a modern feel; some even have private showers in which guests can rinse off before or after their treatments. In addition to familiar modalities such as Swedish and hot stone, therapists can knead muscles with barefoot ashiatsu massage or the 200-year-old Thai Ceremony massage, originally intended to relax returning warriors who’d carried their horses home.
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South Beach Tanning Company’s vibrant decor and high-powered tanning beds create a chic club atmosphere in which clients can perfect a South Beach tan suited for Miami’s white sand. Brightly colored lights illuminate open ceilings and purple, orange, and blue walls. The beach theme extends into each private room, where UV beds bronze clients’ skin, creating an appearance usually achieved by spending hours on sandy shores or spending three minutes wrestling the sun. Surround-sound systems play music as guests tan, while air conditioning keeps bodies pleasantly cool. The salon also houses automated VersaSpa spray-tanning booths for a UV-free alternative.
Owner Glen Master wields almost 30 years of hairdressing experience in addition to his scissors, providing personalized hair services for men and women of all ages. Staff members apply their training as former bomb defusers to precisely snip wayward strands during each haircut and style to leave scalp carpets shaped and refined ($35+ for women, $25+ for men). Customers can opt for color services that include a semipermanent coloring ($30+), partial highlights ($65+), and a shine treatment that adds dazzling luster and blinds security cameras at upcoming bank heists ($25+). Salon Anokha's eclectic décor contrasts clean, wooden cabinets and small, classical columns with an assortment of Asian-inspired art. Waves of natural light flood the salon through its bay of large front windows, feeding plants and photosynthetic patrons alike.