Bronze Planet Tanning Studio boasts an expansive selection of tanning equipment, which is perhaps why Statesman Journal readers voted the salon Best of the Mid-Valley in 2011 and 2012. The spectrum of beds includes high-pressure models designed to minimize exposure to UVB rays, which, like swearing off swimming in hot lava, can lessen the chance of getting burned. Beyond UV beds, Bronze Planet also touts a trio of Mystic Tan MyMyst booths, with MagneTan technology that evenly coats skin with streak-free color; Skin rejuvenating red, yellow and blue light therapy helps make your skin look and feel beautiful; and hydro-massage beds that radiate warmth deep into muscles.
If the atmosphere inside The Cat's Meow strikes first-time visitors as particularly familial, the reason may be that the salon’s proprietors share more than aesthetic expertise—all three of them are sisters. For more than 20 years, Melissa Raynak, Pixie Melton, and Meghan Mowbray—along with their team of aestheticians and nail technicians—have pampered skin and nails with treatments that range from basic facials and express pedicures to all-inclusive spa-day packages. In each of their skin-therapy treatments, the spa’s aestheticians employ professional products that eschew mineral oil, lanolin, and allergens such as gluten to ensure that skin responds positively. Armed with bottles of OPI polish and paraffin wax, they turn their attention to fingers and toes to soften calluses and fluff nail beds.
Jeannie Chavier uses her 10 years of experience to pamper profiles with soothing facials in the nurturing, eco-conscious environment of Perle Holistic Skincare, Salem's only certified Dr.Hauschka treatment center. Dr.Hauschka facials infuse façades with an exclusive line of organic, plant- and flower-based products. Epidermises receive lymphatic stimulation through a soft-brush massage, which promotes the cleansing of pores and strengthening of rhythmic systems and connective tissues. Rid faces of oil, grime, and evidence from pie-eating contests with an accompanying facial steam, deep cleansing, and soothing eye treatment. As weary dogs delve into a relaxing sage footbath, coddle upper bodies with a stress-relieving massage permeated with aromatic, organic oils. The salubrious service also includes warm, soothing compresses and two mug-indulging masks. Jeannie reinvigorates worn-out dermises by appointment only.
Lips, eyes, eyebrows, and skin—those are the living canvases on which Lisa Wilson practices her aesthetic arts. As a permanent makeup artist, Lisa draws on more than 25 years in the beauty industry to transform such features with permanent makeup, facials, and waxing. In addition to wielding cosmetics and wax, she clips manes into trendy cuts or classic styles that are innocuous enough for time traveling. Whether she’s tinting lashes or shading lips to rosy hues, she approaches each appointment with a positivity and sensitivity that helps her clients leave looking and feeling their best.
Shiatsu is a Japanese term that means simply “finger pressure”, which is exactly how this massage modality releases tension from muscular tissue. Licensed massage therapist Robert Ellestad opened his practice to bring the relaxing, therapeutic qualities of Shiatsu massage to bodies of all shapes and sizes. In addition to this pressure-point-focused style, he soothes bodies with the gentle series of Swedish massage strokes. His Thai massage sessions incorporate a series of facilitated yoga-like stretches that work out stiff muscles and joints while the client lies on a mat or hovers slightly on a flying carpet.
Tame misbehaving tendrils with a Brazilian blowout that will improve tress condition and imbue hair with a smooth, healthy sheen sans harsh chemicals. As Le Motive's Brazilian blowout pros free hair from its frizz shackles in a quick 90 minutes, sip on a complimentary glass of wine or other beverage and imagine all the perks your new 'do will afford you, from the siren-like adoration of suitors to your mother's actual approval. Serious multitaskers can blog about the luxe experience using Le Motive's free WiFi before exposing newly radiant locks to the world for up to the next 12 fuss-free hair weeks.
The aestheticians at Serenity Salon welcome clients into a salon whose eggshell-blue walls surround peach-colored manicure stations and sumptuously cushioned pedicure chairs separated by swoops of blue and white chiffon. Nail artists enhance fingertips with bright polish and refresh weary soles with footbaths before layering toenails with a sweet pink or the blushing red of a fire engine caught practicing its dance moves on the station's pole. While banishing fuzz from bikini areas or upper lips, waxing technicians maintain a friendly rapport with clients.
From the lavish products to the posh surroundings, Havana Salon aims to pamper visitors from start to finish. Since 2002, the staff of Havana has provided a wide variety of services, from basic haircuts and color treatments using Paul Mitchell products, to body waxing and full bridal packages that include an optional husband. Besides focusing on their clients' hair, Havana Salon also makes a concerted effort to give back to the community through charitable donations to organizations such as the YMCA and YWCA.
With many locations throughout Washington, Tan Republic outfits their salons with sleek, modern designs and earth-toned walls, filling private tanning rooms with a suite of melanin-conjuring machines. Guests can choose from Mystic Tan and VersaSpa spray-tanning booths, high-pressure tanning beds, or jars full of fireflies that can be held against the skin for a natural glow. The salons also offer six varieties of lotion, each formulated for specific bronzing needs.
Curly-hair specialist Michelle Newkirk opened Hair Designers to cut, color, and straighten hair on men, women, and children. Surrounded by a brick fireplace, large windows, and plenty of sunlight, she warmly welcomes guests who sink into the salon's black leather seats. Equipped with Deva Curl products to add bounce to curls and certified in the Japanese hair straightening system to smooth unruly locks, Michelle will work to achieve any hair-based request.
Owned by a family of licensed massage therapists and clinical hypnotherapists, Liberty Massage and Hypnosis has helped clients to unwind and recharge for 15 years. Along with massages, body wraps, and facials, Liberty Massage and Hypnosis calms the mind through alternative treatments including hypnosis, psychological acupressure, and kitten nuzzling.
Waxing tech C.C. Curry has been nixing unwanted body fuzz for more than five years. To keep up-to-date on the latest waxing tips and tricks, she regularly travels to shows and seminars, anywhere from LA to NYC
to Madrid. She and her highly trained staff only use top-of-the-line wax that is low temperature, hypoallergenic, and completely fragrance free.
In addition to its expertise in follicular evictions, Unique Arch boasts a convenient downtown State Street location with free two-hour street parking, resulting in stress-free hair removal of even the most unruly head caterpillars. Walk-ins are welcome.
Ariadna Sanchez, an aesthetician and a certified NovaLash technician, beautifies complexions and embellishes lash lines in her tranquil, earth-toned boutique studio. Guests seeking to draw attention to their ocular region without having to wink uncontrollably or don a pair of Hubble telescope lenses can rejoice in a full set of NovaLash extensions, which Ariadna applies strand by strand to existing eye fringe. During the 2- to 2.5-hour appointment, she'll customize lash looks to ensure natural, evenly placed eye adornments. Waterproof extensions last up to eight weeks, though Ariadna recommends touchups every two–three weeks. Alternatively, clients can opt for a 45- to 60-minute organic facial, which purges pores of dirt, grease, and loose change in the hope of yielding a cleaner, younger-looking visage.
Technical Artistry Salon and Micro Spa was named a local favorite by the Statesman-Journal in the Best of the Valley feature in 2009. The spa also provides customer testimonials on its website.