Every salon claims that their tanning formula is one-of-a-kind. But at Unique Tan, it's actually true—owner Sherrie Lee Meredith developed it herself. Her signature spray-tanning blend, Unique Excellence, tints skin with a paraben-free solution of organic aloe vera, berry essences, and a firming serum to stave off the signs of aging. The formula also contains erythrulose, which can produce a longer-lasting bronze glow, and, because it's alcohol-free, helps keep skin moisturized and streak-free. The salon's Smart Tan–certified staff uses this in both automated booths and custom airbrushing sessions, which harness the steady hand of a tanning artist to ensure tans completely cover skin and finally even the score with haughty bronze statues.
The salon also offers traditional UV-tanning beds, which contain comfort-adding amenities such as air conditioning, aromatherapy, adjustable facial bulbs, and easy-to-follow voice instructions. Clients can enhance their tans with the salon's line of tan-accelerating products, which extend the life of each tan by keeping skin moisturized and healthy.
Helmed by board-certified specialists, Facial Aesthetic Concepts was recently recognized as the Best Place for a Nip and Tuck in the Orange County Register's 2010 Best Of Orange County and enacts glowing dermises with a variety of services. Fit for any skin type, the seasonal signature facial fortifies human fabrics with a blend of deep pore cleansing, steam, exfoliation, and gentle-cycle hydration. Meanwhile, the ultimate one-hour chemical peel exorcises the specters of dead surface cells to help halt acne, rosacea, stage productions of Casper, and sun damage. Safe and effective laser systems penetrate the cheeks in the full-frame photofacial (IPL), which works to stimulate collagen production, mend broken capillaries, and minimize hyperpigmentation.
At this bright venue equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, patrons sip beer and nibble pretzels during various salon and spa services geared exclusively toward men. Expert staffers can cut and color hair, trim nails during mani-pedis, wax away unwanted fuzz, and soothe muscles during massages. Meanwhile, patrons stay entertained with a 46-inch flat-screen television as well as a foosball table with eight rows of foosmen sporting frosted tips.
A professional, affable fleet of 32 licensed massage therapists accentuate the calming atmosphere and warm vibe at The Knotstop, an independent firm focused on unwinding tangled corpuses with attentive care. Each master muscle manipulator will handedly perform whichever of the two 60-minute massage types you choose. The popular Swedish massage uses long, continuous strokes, kneading, and friction to liberate shackled muscle tissues, promoting relaxation and improved circulation. If fiery stress deposits reach down into the core, consider the deep-tissue massage, which targets buried and chronic tensions with slow, intense strokes, restoring flexibility and range of motion. Soak away the worries that have lodged themselves in the nooks of your joints and the crooks of your connective tissues, while inhaling a bouquet of soothing, therapeutic scents afforded by aromatherapy, which piques the nostrils and the mind after a triumphant kneading.
Master stylist Janine Hamilton draws from her 26 years of experience to update hairstyles with cuts, colors, and up-dos. She also places weaves and creates longer, thicker hair with hair extensions. At Nicholas Ross Salon, she works alongside other beauty professionals who cut hair into classic bobs and asymmetrical layers, color hair with natural-looking highlights or bright blues and reds, and deep condition damaged strands.