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.
Decorated with framed playbills and mirrors surrounded by bright lights, Box Office Hair resembles a celebrity’s dressing room where guests feel like they’re the stars of the show. The salon’s beauticians, who boast skills that range from stylist to master consultant, reimagine hairdos with basic cuts and coloring as well as treatments that yield more-dramatic effects, such as spiral perms and block coloring with three different hues. Brazilian keratin treatments tame wild, frizzy strands for a camera-ready finish, and extensions let short hair act the part of a longer, thicker mane, which gives clients an acceptable excuse to intimidate zebras at the zoo.
Equipped with a love for natural treatments and a resume boasting experience as a certified aesthetician, Liz Hargis beautifies smiles with Beaming White teeth-whitening sessions, which can whiten teeth by up to six to eight shades in less than an hour. The treatment uses blue LED light to open the teeth's pores, helping them stay brighter for up to six months.
With his electrifying smile and edgy sense of style, Donny Dinh fits right in among Xander Blue Salon’s urban-chic decor. Donny draws on his knowledge to snip and style hair according to the latest trends. In addition, Donny also uses Goldwell dyes to enliven hair with highlights or help spies disguise themselves as their more stylish twin.
At Sol Y Luna Tanning's three locations, sunless-tanning experts unveil a varied collection of body-bronzing apparatuses and direct visitors toward tanning products that jive with each person's skin type. The shop's standup and lie-down tanning beds from brands such as Solarix, Sun Up II, and Malibu darken epidermal expanses with UV rays, and spray-tan booths envelop bodies in a mist of UV-free tanning formula that doesn't streak, unlike unencumbered window panes running freely through the rain. Sol Y Luna Tanning's ornate chandeliers shed light over well-organized displays of lotion that guests can pluck to maintain their skin and newly earned tans.
The technicians at LaserDerm MedSpa & Wellness Center wield lasers to smooth and contour bodies. They specialize in laser hair removal to permanently reduce fuzz on bikini lines, underarms, and toes. To whittle down excess curves, they activate a Zerona device that uses low-level lasers to cause fat cells to release their contents as clients lie down and relax, read, or listen to the Tuvan throat singing playing on their iPod. Additionally, the center offers treatments for skin issues such as lines, scars, or sun damage.